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Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:39 pm
by Jamie Renton
Hearing that tosser Kid Rock mouthing off about something or other recently (I don't remember what it was and really can't be bothered to look it up), reminded me that he's one of the many whose music I didn't like then, after I'd been not liking it for a while, discovered he held right wing views. Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Brian Ferry and the punk band Screwdriver are other examples of this.

Which begs the question: are there any good openly right wing musicians? (I'm defining "good" here as meaning "people who do stuff I like").

I can think of Merle Haggard and most other country musicians worth their salt who aren't Steve Earle or Willie Nelson + didn't James Brown come out as a Reagan supporter in the 1980s?

Does anyone else know if any others? There's no reason why there shouldn't be I suppose, I just can't think of any.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:08 pm
by Adam Blake
Lynsey de Paul?

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:23 pm
by Jamie Renton
Adam Blake wrote:Lynsey de Paul?


Hmmm...

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:37 pm
by Adam Blake
Sad to say, Andres Segovia.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:11 pm
by Jamie Renton
How about The Stones? I know at least one of them is a Tory supporter. Although I can't remember who it is and suspect they only came out as such a long time after they'd stopped making interesting music.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:17 pm
by Rob Hall
I believe that Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray) inclines to the right. And he's made a couple of pretty-good-in-parts albums.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:18 pm
by Rob Hall
Adam Blake wrote:Sad to say, Andres Segovia.

Sad to hear!

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:31 pm
by Jamie Renton
Rob Hall wrote:I believe that Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray) inclines to the right. And he's made a couple of pretty-good-in-parts albums.


And he was in The Fabulous Thunderbirds whop made some good albums and were a very fine live act

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:24 pm
by AndyM
Bryan Ferry was a genius for a bit. And I think he married into the landed gentry and fell in with their views rather than being a lifelong Tory himself.

Either Johnny or Dee Dee Ramone was a raving Reaganite.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:54 pm
by Adam Blake
AndyM wrote:Either Johnny or Dee Dee Ramone was a raving Reaganite.



It was Johnny. A gun nut, NRA member, Reaganite Republican. Poor Joey was a Greenwich Village type. They cordially detested each other and this contributed in no small measure to the marvellous tension in those early Ramones records. That song "The KKK Took My Baby Away" was very deeply felt, Johnny having stolen away Joey's girlfriend at the time.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:23 pm
by will vine
I always sort of supposed Rock musicians of the sixties and seventies lined up left of centre in line with the counter culture and it came as a great surprise, not to say disappointment to learn say that The Beach Boys were Republicans and that Rick Wakeman was a paid up Tory and a Freemason (as I believe was John Entwistle). Frank Zappa, liberal in his views on personal behaviours was, I believe, pretty much a free market tory. You'd never pin Dylan down.

I was hugely disappointed recently to learn that John Ratzenberg (Cliff from Cheers) who drove a tractor at Woodstock, was in common with his colleague Kelsey Grammar an active Republican.

A pop icon (by which I probably mean a young karaoke monster) will no doubt declare him/herself for Ukip in the coming election.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:59 pm
by Adam Blake
We need a bit of clarification in that a pre-Reagan Republican was rather like a pre-Thatcher Tory, ie. not quite as bad somehow. If anything, Zappa was a Libertarian, which is very close to Republicanism but also close to Anarchism in that it advocates a society without government. I think. All very well until you get sick or injured and need help.

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:02 pm
by Rob Hall
To be honest, I think I'm past the point where any of them could seriously disappoint me. I mean, we've already been through the list(s) of musicians/artists who are arseholes for one reason or another. Their political leanings are just another expression of arseholery (when the direction is away from mine, naturally.)

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:59 pm
by Adam Blake
And also, not to be overlooked, I'd rather listen to The Ramones or Jerry Lee Lewis than Billy Bragg or Paul Weller...

Re: Good Right Wing Musicians?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:43 pm
by Jamie Renton
Adam Blake wrote:And also, not to be overlooked, I'd rather listen to The Ramones or Jerry Lee Lewis than Billy Bragg or Paul Weller...


The Jam were Tory supporters when they started out.