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Dixie Chicks don't stick at country radio
Reuters ^ | May 19, 2006 | Phyllis Stark

Posted on 05/20/2006 11:44:36 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

Disappointing airplay for the first two singles from the new album by the Dixie Chicks exposes a deep -- and seemingly growing -- rift between the trio and the country radio market that helped turn the group into superstars.

"Taking the Long Way," due out May 23, is the band's first album since singer Natalie Maines sparked a major controversy in 2003 by declaring that she was ashamed to hail from the same state as fellow Texan President George W. Bush. Radio boycotts ensued, and many fans abandoned the band.

The first single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," peaked at No. 36 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, beginning its descent after just seven weeks. The second single, "Everybody Knows," is now at No. 50, down two places in its fourth week.

"Not Ready to Make Nice" performed only slightly better at adult contemporary radio, peaking at No. 32 on the AC chart and falling off after six weeks.

From the beginning of the album rollout, the Dixie Chicks were eager that their songs be worked to radio formats beyond country. The album was produced by rock veteran Rick Rubin, whose credits include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down and Johnny Cash.

By picking the defiant "Not Ready" as the first single, they've reopened a wound that was particularly deep for country radio fans, and left many country programmers with the burning question: Why on earth would the band choose to do this?

After hearing the album, WKIS Miami program director Bob Barnett says he was "excited about the opportunity to introduce some great Chicks music to the listeners." But the group's decision to come with "Not Ready" as the lead single left him "stunned, especially in light of the fact that, when asked, programmers and consultants that listened to the project were virtually unanimous in saying we should put the politics behind us and concentrate on all this other great music we were hearing."

KUBL/KKAT Salt Lake City PD Ed Hill criticizes the song's "self-indulgent and selfish lyrics."

Barnett played the song for a week, but pulled it after listeners called to say it sounded like the Chicks were "gloating" or "rubbing our noses in it," he reports. "We didn't need to pick at the scab any longer."

He and other country programmers were upset that the group chose to launch its new album with a single that rehashed all the angst of three years ago.

The two singles have had a striking lack of impact at radio, considering the band's history. Between 1997 and 2003, it notched 14 top 10 country singles, including six No. 1 hits. In addition to eight Grammy Awards, the group has won 10 Country Music Assn. Awards and eight Academy of Country Music Awards. The trio has sold 23.4 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Dixie Chicks and reps from their label, Columbia Records, declined to participate in this story. But -- at least as far as Maines is concerned -- the drop-off at country radio was part of its plan.

Maines was quoted in late January on entertainmentweekly.com, before the single went to country radio, saying: "For me to be in country music to begin with was not who I was ... I would be cheating myself ... to go back to something that I don't wholeheartedly believe in. So I'm pretty much done. They've shown their true colors. I like lots of country music, but as far as the industry and everything that happened ... I couldn't want to be farther away from that."

Maines also said, "I don't want people to think that me not wanting to be part of country music is any sort of revenge. It is not. It is totally me being who I am, and not wanting to compromise myself and hate my life."

At KNCI Sacramento, Calif., the Chicks' music weathered the 2003 controversy only to be pulled as a result of Maines' new Entertainment Weekly comments, coupled with poor scores in local music tests.

"When an artist says that they don't want to be a part of that industry, it made our decision a no-brainer," program director Mark Evans says. "There are too many talented new artists dying to have a song played on country radio, so I'd rather give one of them a shot."


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1 posted on 05/20/2006 11:44:40 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Cue the Monty Python foot coming down on the Chix...


2 posted on 05/20/2006 11:45:58 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: West Coast Conservative

If these girls just put out nice country CD and not used what happened as the means to their comeback then maybe they would have been forgiven...but their first single, NOT READY TO MAKE NICE or whatever paints them as the VICTIMS...it's an incredibly silly song and if they weren't hated enough before, in my estimation they nailed the coffin with that song.


3 posted on 05/20/2006 11:48:29 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Why can't people like this just take their millions and quietly disappear into the sunset? Who wants to keep hearing from them?

I can't recall ever hearing anyone say in the last couple years, "I sure wish the Dixie Chicks would come out with a new album!"

Ugh, these women just disgust me.


4 posted on 05/20/2006 11:49:03 AM PDT by AUJenn
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To: Hildy

They should have followed Mariah Carey. Carey had a great comeback after a bomb of a movie and album.


5 posted on 05/20/2006 11:49:40 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The Dixie Chicks build the best disposable Frisbees.
6 posted on 05/20/2006 11:49:52 AM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Al Franken's eyes.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Disappointing airplay for the first two singles from the new album by the Dixie Chicks exposes a deep -- and seemingly growing -- rift between the trio and the country radio market that helped turn the group into superstars.

Time to sing their crap in another country.

7 posted on 05/20/2006 11:50:14 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Shirtless at the 7-11)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You know something, I actually saw that movie, Glitter, several years ago on cable and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.


8 posted on 05/20/2006 11:50:34 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: West Coast Conservative
Maines also said, "I don't want people to think that me not wanting to be part of country music is any sort of revenge. It is not. It is totally me being who I am, and not wanting to compromise myself and hate my life."

Well, honey, maybe the lousy reception of your new album is country music fans "totally being who they are and not wanting to compromise themselves" by buying into your foolish and self-centered tripe.

9 posted on 05/20/2006 11:50:42 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: West Coast Conservative

I suppose the Dimocrat response to this "injustice" would be to require everyone to listen to "sanctioned" music by "approved" musicians. We can't have people choosing for themselves what to listen to. What if some nut-job wacko leftists get left out???


10 posted on 05/20/2006 11:51:28 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Freerepublic - The website where "Freepers" is not in the spell checker dictionary...)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Maines also said, "I don't want people to think that me not wanting to be part of country music is any sort of revenge.

ROTFL!!! Boy, has this ditz lost touch with reality or what?

Toby Keith continues supporting America and the troops while raking in the big bucks. How are "the chicks" doing?

11 posted on 05/20/2006 11:51:32 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! Where Bush or "global warming" is blamed for EVERYTHING bad that happens.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Natalie Maines sure thinks a lot of herself. The opinion doesn't seem to be widely shared.


12 posted on 05/20/2006 11:51:40 AM PDT by Clara Lou (A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. --I. Kristol)
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To: West Coast Conservative

"rift between the trio and the country radio market that helped turn the group into superstars."



Seems like the rift is with their fans not "the country radio market".

The article has a non condemning, clinical detachment.

If this were a conservative band that declared war on its fans and were paying for it, I think the article would have a different tone.


13 posted on 05/20/2006 11:51:43 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: hsalaw

Yeaqh, and taking a slap at Buddy Holly on their new cd ain't helping any. Buddy's brothers are furious, and, so are his fans!


14 posted on 05/20/2006 11:52:57 AM PDT by MrLee
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To: West Coast Conservative

"Where are all my idiotic, mouth-breathing, Bush-ite customers?" the bankrupt restauranteur wondered.

15 posted on 05/20/2006 11:55:13 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Shirtless at the 7-11)
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To: Hildy; All

One of the GREAT lines from "Larry The Cable Guy":(paraphrasing a little here, but real close):

Larry: "...and The Dixie Chicks....what's that little fat one's name....Natalie??? She needs to shut her mouth, and go back to her job as a sales clerk at Lane Bryant..."


16 posted on 05/20/2006 11:56:01 AM PDT by musicman
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To: West Coast Conservative

Who cares what these three airheads say or do?

They're not the Dixie Chicks; they're the Dixie Sh*ts to me.


17 posted on 05/20/2006 11:56:52 AM PDT by Pittsburg Phil
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To: West Coast Conservative
So I'm pretty much done. They've shown their true colors.

Uh, Natalie, you've got it a little backwards. Country is done with you and you've shown your true colors. Good old plain American's don't abide your spoiled brat in-your-face attitude.

18 posted on 05/20/2006 11:57:58 AM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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She's a spoiled ballsy skank and obscurity be upon her.
19 posted on 05/20/2006 11:58:16 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: West Coast Conservative

Moonbats simply MUST BE Moonbats..


20 posted on 05/20/2006 11:59:06 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Coming soon to local malls and Burger King openings everwhere.


21 posted on 05/20/2006 11:59:26 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: West Coast Conservative

>>Disappointing airplay for the first two singles from the new album by the Dixie Chicks exposes a deep -- and seemingly growing -- rift between the trio and the country radio market that helped turn the group into superstars.<<

Its also possible the new music isn't good.


22 posted on 05/20/2006 11:59:58 AM PDT by gondramB (He who angers you, in part, controls you. But he may not enjoy what the rest of you does about it.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Maines also said, "I don't want people to think that me not wanting to be part of country music is any sort of revenge. It is not. It is totally me being who I am, and not wanting to compromise myself and hate my life."


I think this is exactly what the message being sent out is. Country fans dumped her not the other way around. She can't even save face in a dignified manner by just telling the truth and admitting that she must go in another direction because her fan base is gone.
23 posted on 05/20/2006 12:00:43 PM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Words have meanings and actions have consequences!


24 posted on 05/20/2006 12:00:53 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: West Coast Conservative

They should go to Iran and Syria and sing Islamo Country music in Blue Burkas.


25 posted on 05/20/2006 12:01:43 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: AUJenn

They made their bed. They can enjoy sleeping in it.


26 posted on 05/20/2006 12:02:20 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Onelifetogive
I suppose the Dimocrat response to this "injustice" would be to require everyone to listen to "sanctioned" music by "approved" musicians.

It's called FM radio and it's been like that for a long, long time.

27 posted on 05/20/2006 12:05:15 PM PDT by uglybiker (Don't blame me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: hosepipe
Moonbats simply MUST BE Moonbats..

Yep. If she didn't have the music venue, she would just be driving around with a thousand bumper stickers on the back of her car.
28 posted on 05/20/2006 12:05:26 PM PDT by kenth
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To: West Coast Conservative

It is normal for artists to try new things. It is becoming for artists to be grateful and humble.

It is just bad business for artists to "deprive" us of their work, or to demean their potential customers.


29 posted on 05/20/2006 12:07:46 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (If you want to make money on the lottery, sell tickets.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
"Taking the Long Wrong Way," "Not Ready to Make Nice Sell Albums." There, fixed it. Much better names for the new Chixie Dicks albums.
30 posted on 05/20/2006 12:08:33 PM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"When an artist says that they don't want to be a part of that industry, it made our decision a no-brainer," program director Mark Evans says. "There are too many talented new artists dying to have a song played on country radio, so I'd rather give one of them a shot."


Thank you Mark Evans. I don't know if the Chix are redeemable in the Country Music scenario.
31 posted on 05/20/2006 12:08:34 PM PDT by poobear (The most critical job that Americans will not do (just illegals): Vote for Democrats!)
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To: MrLee

Pardon my ignorance, but how on earth could they knock Buddy Holly?


32 posted on 05/20/2006 12:10:15 PM PDT by RedRover
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To: MrLee

Why in the world would she be doing that, to Buddy Holly of all people? I suppose she is trying to alienate herself from the entire free world. Fine with me. Buddy Holly has more fans than she could ever hope to have.


33 posted on 05/20/2006 12:10:37 PM PDT by kenth
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To: West Coast Conservative
"I don't want people to think that me not wanting to be part of country music is any sort of revenge..."

I think that people don't want you to be a part of country music, as a sort of revenge.

34 posted on 05/20/2006 12:14:04 PM PDT by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: West Coast Conservative
"They've shown their true colors. I like lots of country music, but as far as the industry and everything that happened ... I couldn't want to be farther away from that." "

/sarcasm on/ Hey Maines, we know its going to be read hard for country music to survive without 3 dumb bimbos, but we going to try real hard.
After all country music didn't exist before the brain dead Dixie Chicks, right? /sarcasm off/

I think the Dixie Chicks had better get on the phone to George Soros, so he can do what he usually does, and buy this Dixie Chicks album in bulk, like all the bulk purchases of "Brokeback Mountain" tickets he kept making.
35 posted on 05/20/2006 12:15:02 PM PDT by Jameison
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To: West Coast Conservative


What we need is a "fairness doctrine" on music on the air. That way the Chicks song will get heard and become a hit. :)

(/sarcasm)


36 posted on 05/20/2006 12:15:57 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: infidel29
"I think that people don't want you to be a part of country music, as a sort of revenge"

Yep.
She got it the other way round.
We don't want vermin like her stinking up Country Music.

Good bye and GOOD RIDDANCE!!
37 posted on 05/20/2006 12:17:26 PM PDT by Jameison
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To: kenth

It's the song "Lubbuck Or Leave It".
The Hollies are not too happy according to several reports I've read. Haven't heard the song myself-don't care to.
True, 50 years after their deaths, they won't have anywhere near the fans Buddy does today.


38 posted on 05/20/2006 12:17:56 PM PDT by MrLee
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To: RedRover

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,194092,00.html

Buddy Holly Family Not Happy With Dixie Chicks' Song

A reference to Buddy Holly on an upcoming Dixie Chicks album isn't setting right with brothers of the 1950s music legend.

In "Lubbock or Leave It," Natalie Maines, a native of this West Texas city, sings: "I hear they hate me now/Just like they hated you./Maybe when I'm dead and gone/I'm gonna get a statue, too."

Holly, whose statue is in downtown Lubbock, was born here and died in a plane crash along with singers Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in Iowa in 1959.

Holly's older brother, Larry O. Holley, said he doesn't know of anyone in Lubbock who hated his sibling.

"Older people in town thought rock 'n' roll was for kids," Holley said. "But no one hated Buddy."

The song is on the fourth Dixie Chicks album, a May 23 national release titled "Taking the Long Way." The songwriting credit lists all three Chicks — Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Maines — and Mike Campbell.

Another brother, Travis Holley, said his brother was proud of Lubbock.

"He was loyal to his hometown, his church and his family," he said. "And I never knew of anyone who hated Buddy."

Maines, born and raised in Lubbock, seemed to be embraced by all until March 2003 when she told a concert audience in London the group was "ashamed" President Bush was from Texas. A free-speech debate ensued and radio stations across the country stopped playing the Chicks' music. Some still don't; only one in Lubbock does.

Kathy Best of Front Page Publicity, which handles Chicks' interview requests, said that Maines won't be available anytime soon for interviews.

On the Chicks Web site Maines writes that the song "is not just about Lubbock, but about any small, hypocritical town."


39 posted on 05/20/2006 12:19:45 PM PDT by Republican Red ("How good is it? Al-Jazeera gave it 4 1/2 pipe bombs")
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To: MrLee
"True, 50 years after their deaths, they won't have anywhere near the fans Buddy does today"

Huh?
Heck they don't have the fans that Buddy had today, let alone 50 years after their deaths.
40 posted on 05/20/2006 12:21:02 PM PDT by Jameison
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To: Jameison

Agreed. Maybe I didn't phrase that quite right!


41 posted on 05/20/2006 12:21:58 PM PDT by MrLee
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To: West Coast Conservative

Loving this...


42 posted on 05/20/2006 12:22:22 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: Republican Red

Who hated Buddy Holly? Thats not the way I remember it and I still remember the plane crash that killed him and the Big Bopper and Richie.


43 posted on 05/20/2006 12:24:13 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: A.A. Cunningham; afnamvet; AppyPappy; Armedanddangerous; aruanan; Astronaut; b4its2late; ...

A Dixie Chick news story ping.

The Chicks' new album goes on sale this week. They've been on 60 Minutes and a number of the morning talk shows - and are still trying to play the victim.

I still think they will have decent sales initially, however nowhere near their previous 3 studio albums. Be prepared for a barrage of condemnations from the press for not being ready to make nice with the Chicks.

If anyone still watches CMT, could you let me know if they are pumping up the Chicks' new album?


44 posted on 05/20/2006 12:24:41 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: West Coast Conservative

"They've shown their true colors."
=====
No, Natalie, you've shown your true colors.

Girl, you go on bein' who you are now, ya hear?


45 posted on 05/20/2006 12:24:53 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: West Coast Conservative

Vanity, thy name is Maines:


Forgive, sounds good.
Forget, I'm not sure I could.
They say time heals everything,
But I'm still waiting

I'm through, with doubt,
There's nothing left for me to figure out,
I've paid a price, and i'll keep paying

I'm not ready to make nice,
I'm not ready to back down,
I'm still mad as hell
And I don't have time
To go round and round and round
It's too late to make it right
I probably wouldn't if I could
Cause I'm mad as hell
Can't bring myself to do what it is
You think I should

I know you said
Why can't you just get over it,
It turned my whole world around
and i kind of like it

I made by bed, and I sleep like a baby,
With no regrets and I don't mind saying,
It's a sad sad story
That a mother will teach her daughter
that she ought to hate a perfect stranger.
And how in the world
Can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they'd write me a letter
Saying that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

I'm not ready to make nice,
I'm not ready to back down,
I'm still mad as hell
And I don't have time
To go round and round and round
It's too late to make it right
I probably wouldn't if I could
Cause I'm mad as hell
Can't bring myself to do what it is
You think I should

I'm not ready to make nice,
I'm not ready to back down,
I'm still mad as hell
And I don't have time
To go round and round and round
It's too late to make it right
I probably wouldn't if I could
Cause I'm mad as hell
Can't bring myself to do what it is
You think I should

Forgive, sounds good.
Forget, I'm not sure I could.
They say time heals everything,
But I'm still waiting


46 posted on 05/20/2006 12:25:52 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Mmm! The tears of unfathomable sadness! Yummy!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Maines was quoted in late January on entertainmentweekly.com, before the single went to country radio, saying: "For me to be in country music to begin with was not who I was ... I would be cheating myself ... to go back to something that I don't wholeheartedly believe in. So I'm pretty much done.

It's good to see a plan come together.

47 posted on 05/20/2006 12:25:57 PM PDT by Aeronaut (It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how the war began.)
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To: Republican Red
In "Lubbock or Leave It," Natalie Maines, a native of this West Texas city, sings: "I hear they hate me now/Just like they hated you./Maybe when I'm dead and gone/I'm gonna get a statue, too."

On the Chicks Web site Maines writes that the song "is not just about Lubbock, but about any small, hypocritical town."

Let's hear it for true class, everybody!

48 posted on 05/20/2006 12:27:13 PM PDT by Caveman Lawyer (Cluckin' defiance)
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To: kenth

ROTF Man, you are so right.


49 posted on 05/20/2006 12:27:57 PM PDT by davetex (There are no stupid questions, however there does seem to be an abundance of inquisitive idiots.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

"They've shown their true colors."

Uh huh. Exactly. Red, White & Blue.


50 posted on 05/20/2006 12:28:47 PM PDT by Birmingham Rain
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