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Frank Zappa's "Who needs the Peace Corps?" is top conservative song

Frank Zappa's Who needs the Peace Corps? is top conservative song

"Released in 1967, at the height of the flower-power summer of love nonsense, this song is a scathing indictment of all things hippy, making 'Won't Get Fooled Again' look tepid in comparison. Of course the song's not actually conservative, per se, but neither are most of the tracks on this list. But hey, however the National Review guys want to rationalize their record collections -- and there appears to be an alarming amount of Rush in there -- is fine by me. Rock on, my right-wing brothers!"

Frank Zappa's "Who needs the Peace Corps?" is top conservative song

Right Wing Mag Names Top 50 Conservative Songs
Blogcritics
Pete Blackwell
May 26, 2006

History shows again and again / How nature points up the folly of men.

The National Review has compiled a list of the top 50 conservative rock songs. In true conservative fashion, it's not available on their website. They'd rather you pony up the dough to buy a print copy of the magazine. The whole list plus capsule explanations has been reprinted on the New York Times website, which only asks for a free registration so they can track your every move like the NSA.

[Excerpt]

The number one spot is claimed by the Who for 'Won't Get Fooled Again,' which deflates the nitrous oxide bubble of hippy idealism. Considering the fact that Townshend and Company have an equally dim view of the alternative, it's not quite fair to call the song conservative. Anti-hippy? Sure, but more nihilistic than conservative. Maybe they were drawn to it because of this line: 'I get on my knees and pray.' The number 7 slot goes to 'Revolution,' by the Beatles, both for its anti-Mao sentiment and for its criticism of the 1968 youth protest movements. It beggars belief that the whip smart fellows over at National Review would accuse the author of 'Imagine' of being a conservative.

[Excerpt]

The number one omission, according to the criteria for this list, would have to be 'Who Needs the Peace Corps?,' by Frank Zappa. Released in 1967, at the height of the flower-power summer of love nonsense, this song is a scathing indictment of all things hippy, making 'Won't Get Fooled Again' look tepid in comparison. Of course the song's not actually conservative, per se, but neither are most of the tracks on this list. But hey, however the National Review guys want to rationalize their record collections -- and there appears to be an alarming amount of Rush in there -- is fine by me. Rock on, my right-wing brothers!




Frank Zappa - Who Needs The Peace Corps? Lyrics
What's there to live for?
Who needs the peace corps?
Think I'll just DROP OUT
I'll go to Frisco
Buy a wig & sleep
On Owsley's floor

Walked past the wig store
Danced at the Fillmore
I'm completely stoned
I'm hippy & I'm trippy
I'm a gypsy on my own
I'll stay a week & get the crabs &
Take a bus back home
I'm really just a phony
But forgive me
'Cause I'm stoned

Every town must have a place
Where phony hippies meet
Psychedelic dungeons
Popping up on every street
GO TO SAN FRANCISCO . . .

How I love ya, How I love ya
How I love ya, How I love ya Frisco!
How I love ya, How I love ya
How I love ya, How I love ya
Oh, my hair is getting good in the back!

Every town must have a place
Where phony hippies meet
Psychedelic dungeons
Popping up on every street
GO TO SAN FRANCISCO . . .

Hotcha!

First I'll buy some beads
And then perhaps a leather band
To go around my head
Some feathers and bells
And a book of Indian lore
I will ask the Chamber Of Commerce
How to get to Haight Street
And smoke an awful lot of dope
I will wander around barefoot
I will have a psychedelic gleam in my eye at all times
I will love everyone
I will love the police as they kick the shit out of me on the street
I will sleep . . .
I will, I will go to a house
That's, that's what I will do
I will go to a house
Where there's a rock & roll band
'Cause the groups all live together
And I will join a rock & roll band
I will be their road manager
And I will stay there with them
And I will get the crabs
But I won't care
Because . . .




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