I’m in general agreement with Michele here on the idiotic war/anti-war songs. And here’s the thing that really bothers me – if it weren’t for the controversy and news coverage, nobody would be listening to the damn things. Both Darryl Worley’s Have You Forgotten? and the Beastie Boys In a World Gone Mad are not only trite exploitations of the war debate, they’re bad songs.
I grant that I have a general distaste for country, but I won’t completely black it out. I like Johnny Cash and some Garth Brooks and the occasional other song here or there. But Worley’s song is just plain awful. As for the Beastie Boys new tune–have you heard it? Musicwise, it sounds like it was written circa-1985 by Run DMC. Only not nearly as good. I think it’s disgraceful that, in the name of controversy, we’re forced to listen to this crap.
Jesus, they can’t even rhyme! Look at this from Have You Forgotten?:
And you say we shouldn’t worry ’bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?
Bin Laden does not rhyme with “forgotten”! That’s terrible! Not that the Beastie Boys are any better.
Now don’t get us wrong ’cause we love America
But that’s no reason to get hysterica
They’re layin’ on the syrup thick
We ain’t waffles we ain’t havin’ it
America and hysterica? What the hell is “hysterica”? And “thick” and “it”? That’s not even close! Ugh. Excuse while I go put on some Sex Pistols and get these damn war songs out of my head.