Tuesday, May 30, 2006

An Homage to Our Conservative Brethren

Our buddies over at National Review recently released their list of the 50 "greatest conservative rock songs." In that spirit, The Toaster is taking a stab...

>> Featured Artist: Art Brut

When Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos belts out gleefully "I've seen her...twice!" in the band's latest single "Good Weekend," he is referring to a concpet that liberal musicians like to step all over - love at first sight (you know, some of us old fogies, including - evidently - Art Brut, still believe in concepts like that and abstinence). Just like The Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is clearly a song celebrating family and not even wanting to have sex marriage, "Good Weekend" is a song that captures the purity and innocence of young puppy love.

These two lovebirds send messages, make phone calls and go to the movies. ("So we went to the cinema.) Now that's what I call old-school. Chalk it up!

>> Album Lookout: The Avalanche (part two)*

Sufjan Stevens - Due Out: July 25, 2006 Asthmatic Kitty

(We know this track won't actually be featured on the Illinois outtakes album due out in July, but we couldn't pass up this opportunity to show further that rockers know how to promote preserving the status f-ing quo!)

Listen up all you hooligans: Sufjan's an unabashed Christian! So put that on your blog and smoke it. And not only that, but he's an unabashed America-lover, even going to the lengths of singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at his 2005 shows - you know, for our troops defending our freedom.

"The Star Spangled Banner" (live) is there to shut up all that Dixie-Chicks liberal claptrap:

"And the rockets red glare / And the bombs in the air / Gave us proof through the night / that our flag was still there.../...O say, does that star / spangled banner yet wave / O'er the land of the free / And the home of the brave?"

Go USA! Woot.

* This is the second of a three-part Sufjan series, previewing the release of The Avalanche.

>> Reverting to: 1972

How did The National Review's Top 50 conservative song list forget "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"? Talk about pro-family (Space-bound Elton misses his wife, dammit!).

Elton and Bernie show both a sense of good parenting and an acknowledgment of the Judeo-Christian afterworld in this one - a conservative classic.

“Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids / In fact it’s cold as hell / And there's no one there to raise them / If you did.”

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