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How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush
Telegraph UK ^ | 06-17-06 | Adam Sweeting

Posted on 06/17/2006 5:54:37 AM PDT by veronica

Adam Sweeting assesses how the Dixie Chicks have weathered a political storm

Will it be the salmon teriyaki with organic greens, or asparagus tempura and tuna sashimi? As the waiter hovers with pencil poised, the Dixie Chicks debate the menu with the practised air of professional restaurant critics. The Chicks have traditionally been branded a country band, but clearly it's some time since their diet consisted of ribs, tacos and pancakes.

Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire project a polished Fifth Avenue elegance, and vocalist Natalie Maines is a vision of sculpted cheekbones and smoky eye-shadow.

With their origins as bouffant-haired ingénues playing bluegrass music long forgotten, the Chicks are in Miami to attend a Sony BMG conference, where their new album, Taking the Long Way, is high on the corporate agenda. It's their first release since the group weathered the storm of outrage triggered by Maines's expression of shame that President Bush was from her home state of Texas. Although they've sold 30 million albums, the company was concerned about their commercial future.

When Maines made her comment on March 10 2003, 10 days before Operation Iraqi Freedom unleashed "shock and awe" over Baghdad, the Dixie Chicks were probably the biggest act in country music. Yet within days, their music vanished from the charts and the airwaves, apoplectic rednecks crushed piles of their CDs with tractors, and the FBI was feverishly monitoring death threats against the trio. It was the most heinous pop-star outrage since Ozzy Osbourne urinated on the Alamo.

"The reaction was as if Natalie had said 'Death to the President' or something," says violinist and vocalist Maguire.

"It was the bullying and the scare factor," shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. "It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable."

The level of debate can be gauged from the way Maines was compared to "Hanoi Jane" Fonda, who was photographed manning a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun at the height of the Vietnam war.

The Chicks can't hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. "A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do," says Robison.

"A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism."

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."

There can be no rational explanation of how Maines's remark came to drive a red-hot poker into America's divided soul, but it's only now that some of the poison has begun to dissipate.

Early concerns about the premature demise of the Chicks' career subsided when the furiously unapologetic single Not Ready to Make Nice became the most downloaded track on iTunes, despite a lack of radio airplay. Then the album went to number one on the Billboard 200 after selling half a million copies in the week after its release in America last month. It looks set to be their first UK top 10 album this Sunday.

The recruitment of Rick Rubin as producer, the man who rejuvenated Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Diamond and others, is guaranteed to extend the Chicks' appeal, though it would be disappointing if the album's thoughtful range of subject matter (from IVF to Alzheimer's) was overshadowed by the Bush episode.

"I think for longevity's sake, our music had to mature and we had to mature as people," says Maguire. "Not that this particular event had to happen, but it sped up the process for us and helped us make a record that's really meaningful to us, whether or not other people see that."


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To: conservativeharleyguy

I don't see why class has to be brought into a discussion such as this. I'm old money, but unlike the past two generations in my family, I don't actually think it's a sin to spend money. I grew up living well below what our means actually were, and my father did the same thing. When it came carnival time, no expense was spared, but if it wasn't the pre-Lenten season, basically, we lived damn near like paupers, compared to how I'm living now.

I have the money to dine at places where you'll drop 20 dollars on the glass of wine. It's not snobbery, it's not pretentiousness, it's that I have a personal taste for such items and I have the bankroll to back it up. One of the reasons that my father was so quick to become a Republican is because he had gained his political conciousness in the 1940s, when every damned word out of the Democrats mouth was, "little guys" vs. the Big Mules. We're not supposed to be concerned with issues of class or money, we're not for wealth redistribution, and that's why we're Republicans.

Rich people are not boogeyman, in actuality, most of the wealthy people in this country are Republican because they have earned their money, and they damned sure don't want the government telling them what to do with money they didn't help them make. Also, not all urbanites are Yankees, just urbanites in the North.


101 posted on 06/17/2006 10:10:18 AM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (6-6-06 A victory for reason)
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To: veronica
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."

May I suggest the Dixie Chicks get the hell out of our country if they don't love it

May I also suggest they move to France .. they would fit in there better

102 posted on 06/17/2006 10:12:41 AM PDT by Mo1 (Democrats Plan - Cut and Run so the terrorists can win the WOT)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Yeah,I wonder too.He was very influential in her landing the job with the band as I understood it.He is one of the best steel players in the business,and i would bet he is feeling some backlash from it.If his views are not the same as hers,then I feel for him.If they are,then he can go scratch.One of the best shows I had seen on Austin City Limits was performed by the Maines Bothers,many years ago.I received a private post saying I was full of it,but the convention was awarded a permanent trophy for the third best attendance in the state of Texas.I had plenty of witness to verify it!
103 posted on 06/17/2006 10:12:53 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: veronica

bump


104 posted on 06/17/2006 10:18:00 AM PDT by Roberts
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To: veronica

Does anyone know what CDs are being released this or next week? I'd love to see the Ditzy Twits really fall on the charts.


105 posted on 06/17/2006 10:21:08 AM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie)
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To: txrangerette

"President Bush wasn't involved in any scrap with them.

What a stupid headline."

My thoughts exactly. And I'm so sick of hearing about all of their imagined persecution. People stopped buying their records-no one arrested them, beat them or tried to kill them, and I am certain that the "death threats" if they existed at all were few and far between.

Ye, you have a right to say whatever you want, morons, and we have a right to express our opinion of your comments with our feet.


106 posted on 06/17/2006 10:23:38 AM PDT by busstopsindetroit
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly
Does anyone know what CDs are being released this or next week? I'd love to see the Ditzy Twits really fall on the charts.

Top Hits Online

107 posted on 06/17/2006 10:29:39 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (...heavy strings, tune low, play hard and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk....)
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To: veronica

yeah, well, it all depends on what you mean by "survived." word on the street is that they're in damage control mode.


108 posted on 06/17/2006 10:30:41 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (if you're human, act like it.)
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To: Sue Perkick

Thanks for that. I read the list, and I'm so behind musically, I don't know who poses a competitive threat to the Twits.


109 posted on 06/17/2006 10:32:23 AM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie)
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To: veronica
Their scrap is not with the President at all. It is with the American people. The President even defended their right to speak their minds while at the same time reminding everyone that they ought not feel offended if there are people who disagree with them. But they want to believe that there shouldn't be any consequences to poor decisions. There certainly were consequences but none of them were caused by the President. If I remember correctly, radio stations decided to not play their records and a lot of people got rid of any Dixie Chicks recordings they owned. Sure, they are still around and making records, but they successfully alienated their fan base, and continue to do so.

They and the media like to paint this as a battle with the President simply to generate controversy against him. In my opinion, it only makes all of them look like fools. People who write articles like this only hope to keep a fingers pointed at all those but the ones responsible.

110 posted on 06/17/2006 10:33:36 AM PDT by SaveTheChief ("This one goes to eleven.")
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To: doesnt suffer fools gladly

Sadly, neither do I. LOL. Don't really care for "pop". Most of the people I listen to (aside from CCM) are either dead or standing in the checkout line.


111 posted on 06/17/2006 10:44:41 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (...heavy strings, tune low, play hard and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk....)
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To: Screamname
How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush

A healthy appetite?
112 posted on 06/17/2006 10:50:52 AM PDT by kenth
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To: veronica



Ditsy Chicks? Pfaw! Gimme some REAL country gals singing! Any one of these ladies on their worst day could blow the Chicks away.
113 posted on 06/17/2006 10:56:04 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: veronica



Ditsy Chicks? Pfaw! Gimme some REAL country gals singing! Any one of these ladies on their worst day could blow the Chicks away.
114 posted on 06/17/2006 10:57:24 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

D'oh! Sorry! Stupid 24K dialup out here in the sticks!


115 posted on 06/17/2006 10:58:44 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: mylife

Since the Chix are in Miami, maybe they should "Take the Long Way" off a short pier.


116 posted on 06/17/2006 11:01:54 AM PDT by texasmountainman (Remember the heroic men and women of Flight 93-go watch United 93.)
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To: abclily
She also does not know class or good manners, she really is trailer trash in a good outfit.
117 posted on 06/17/2006 11:05:30 AM PDT by Exton1
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Patsy Cline was one of my favorites.


118 posted on 06/17/2006 11:05:55 AM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie)
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To: Swiss

It would just be the metrosexual caveman with the shades pushed up on his head. The disgusted caveman with no appetite would not be eating lunch with the Ditzy Chimps.


119 posted on 06/17/2006 11:09:39 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: texasmountainman

Seems the dipsey chicks are spinning the loss of ticket sales on this tour.

I just found this on their website:

June 13, 2006
TOUR UPDATE:

"Eight new cities have just been added to the first leg of the North American tour (see tour page). No shows have been cancelled. Some originally-announced late summer concert dates that were going to be put on sale the weekend of June 10 were not put on sale until a final determination is made if they are going to be moved to the fall. More tour details announced as they become available."


120 posted on 06/17/2006 11:12:08 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: veronica
When you're in a hole, it's a good idea to stop digging. They will be whooping in Mandarin before this is over.
121 posted on 06/17/2006 11:17:09 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: veronica

"A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism."

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."


I posted thes comments on a mass e-mail and passed them on. Do the same. As these fools reap the benefits of this great country and sacrifices of our great troops they respond with this crap?? Unbelievable.


122 posted on 06/17/2006 11:18:38 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: veronica
The Chicks have traditionally been branded a country band, but clearly it's some time since their diet consisted of ribs, tacos and pancakes.

Hot dayamn! That's just what us southners eat. That Anglish guy's got us pegged! He musta spent some time down here! But don't fergit that you gotta have some calamari and pickles before bedtime!
123 posted on 06/17/2006 12:08:49 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: RayChuang88
Simple. Country is quite popular in Canada along with the stuff that's classified as -ahem- folk. Probably one or two well known country singers who have figured out how to do the twang and record down here. Remember Anne Murray? She's "country", according to Canadians, anyway.
124 posted on 06/17/2006 12:13:34 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: veronica

Adam Sweeting is an idiot. The worst part is that he doesn't realize it.


125 posted on 06/17/2006 12:16:53 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: veronica
Because they are dumb. And everytime one of them opens her mouth more people see it.


126 posted on 06/17/2006 12:22:34 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: dr_who_2

Because he's like the Twits. Too busy trying to be elite & pretentious. "I simply must have a soft shell crab sandwich. Excuse me, do you have any Grey Poupon?"


127 posted on 06/17/2006 12:34:48 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (...heavy strings, tune low, play hard and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk....)
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To: busstopsindetroit
"My thoughts exactly. And I'm so sick of hearing about all of their imagined persecution. People stopped buying their records-no one arrested them, beat them or tried to kill them, and I am certain that the "death threats" if they existed at all were few and far between."

"Ye, you have a right to say whatever you want, morons, and we have a right to express our opinion of your comments with our feet."


Maines is a vacuous, ignorant and spoiled twenty-year old who reflects her leftist-influence brainwash. Anyone outside her pseudo-liberal groupthink is a "red neck" or worse, a "patriot." Unfortunately, too many youth are in agreement with her - they have no American Heritage.
Maines is so immature and dissociated that she doesn't realise that by insulting most Americans, she can well enough expect deserved returning knockout punchlines.
128 posted on 06/17/2006 2:07:45 PM PDT by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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To: purpleland

Natalie is actually in her 30's which makes her behavior even more deplorable.


129 posted on 06/17/2006 6:04:19 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (...heavy strings, tune low, play hard and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk....)
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To: AzaleaCity5691
It has nothing to do with money or class (which are often mutually exclusive), and nowhere did I assert that it did.

It has to do with pretensions and world-view.

I opined nothing about redistribution of wealth, nor did I assert that "all urbanites are Yankees".

I merely stated that these 3 pretentious little twits apparently feel the need to "over-act" like Yankees in order to further distance themselves from their redneck roots.

You seem to have read something a bit personal into my statements (defensively, perhaps???).

BTW, it occurs to me that your "old money" statements and current "Republicans earning theirs" are somewhat contradictory. Are you spending your "new, Republican earned" money on $20.00 glasses of wine, or are you spending your "old" money (that someone else earned)?

I'm as staunch a Republican as one will find, and I don't give 1/2 a shit about "class".

I simply find it amusing that some people think that what they eat (or drink) somehow makes them superior. It's just another form of the snobbish bigotry, at which the left actually excels, but will never admit. It's up to you to decide where you stand.
130 posted on 06/17/2006 6:24:38 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Every liberal's a patriot until it's time to pick up a gun and fight for America.)
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To: veronica

The album is destined to be a mild success...although concert-wise, the ladies are mostly finished in the US and will have to concentrate on Europe and Canada...and maybe California (not counted as part of the US).

Their patience will be paid back should Hillary win the presidential election and they are allowed to play at the presidential ball. I'm suspecting that this is the gameplan...simply to hold out. But should this strategy not work...its hard to see a lucrative pay situation ahead of them.


131 posted on 06/17/2006 10:04:21 PM PDT by pepsionice
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