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#254748 - 06/20/06 01:25 PM Dixie Chicks
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I live in Nashville. In 1998, the Chicks gave a free concert in Centennial Park. That was before they broke out. I walked over and took a look. "They are not going anywhere," I thought to myself. A year later, they were everywhere. I confess, I never cared for the Chicks. "Goodby Earl" was a song which glorified and condoned a wife murdering her husband. It was sick. I watched women perform it in karaoke bars. They were re-enacting the homicide in their minds and relishing it. I was surprised, however, when Natalie Maines made the comment in London in 2003 about President Bush. It must have slipped out in a moment of unconsciousness. It ruined a big career, or certainly changed it radically. I wonder what the other two Chicks thought about Natalie or what they said to her in private. The Chicks have made a comeback of sorts, hooking up with maverick producer Rick Rubin, the guy who produced Johnny Cash's last albums. The Chicks attain a rebel status in doing so but they are far from being Johnny Cash. I suspect their career will dissipate after the current album.


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#254749 - 10/31/06 08:24 PM Re: Dixie Chicks
Kathy-Country Music Editor Offline
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I have to agree. Natalie just doesn't seem to have the shut off switch most of us have installed. If it pops into her brain it falls out of her mouth. She had every right to say what she did, but to call foul when not everyone agreed with her is wrong. Now it seems like every time you turn around there is something else in the news about them putting someone down. With the new documentary coming out I'm afraid it could be the final nail in their careers coffin. They have said they don't want to be country, yet complain no one will play them..you can't have it both ways.
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#254750 - 11/01/06 04:26 AM Re: Dixie Chicks
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I think they're here to stay. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I guess we'll see.
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#254751 - 11/01/06 05:49 AM Re: Dixie Chicks
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They may come back from time to time, but their hit-making days are over.
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#254752 - 11/01/06 11:19 AM Re: Dixie Chicks
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Registered: 09/14/06
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I think they made the mistake of insulting their base of customers. They accuse the radio stations of censorship but the truth is the country audience doesn't want to hear them. If a radio station would make money by playing the Dixie chicks music, they would do so. It's the listeners who are "censoring" by not buying.

If they wanted to be rock stars probably no one would care what they say, or they'd cheer them on! However, they should recognize the fact that country listeners are more conservative. If they want to insult country listeners, then maybe they should try the rock and roll route.

I was never a fan of them but I don't think it's right for them to be claiming censorship when it's only the free market system at work.
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#254753 - 11/01/06 02:49 PM Re: Dixie Chicks
Mammmasita Offline
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Registered: 11/22/05
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I think they will survive but not be as popular as before. This happens to the best of them. Look at Shania she doesn't even make completely new CD's anymore just adds onto the old ones. The Chicks have been busy having and raising their families and took a long long break maybe too long. I really liked their first few songs and think they are really talented women
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#254754 - 11/01/06 08:37 PM Re: Dixie Chicks
Kathy-Country Music Editor Offline
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Registered: 07/18/04
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Loc: Rosharon, TX
I agree they are talented, but I think someone has to step up and say to them that they need to think about things before they speak. This path they seem to be on isn't doing much but alienating the fans they have left. Yes, there are hard core fans, but from the forums I've read I almost think they are still fans because of the DC criticism of Pres. Bush. What happens when he isn't around to bash?

When Martie made the comment that they didn't want to be in the same CD player as Reba and Toby, it stirred a bunch more stuff up that I don't think they counted on. Then the comments on Howard Stern that I don't really think did much for their images either. Pam Anderson and Kid Rock didn't escape either. Who is next? Johnny Cash or another legend?

Free speech is wonderful, but you can't put it out there and not expect it to come back at you. I do believe they will still be around, but they aren't going to have the sucess they had in the early days of their careers.
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#254755 - 11/02/06 04:01 AM Re: Dixie Chicks
conniem Offline
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Registered: 03/11/03
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Loc: oklahoma
I'm embarassed to say that they are from the same great state I was born in...if I would've had any of their cd's I would've thrown them away and if I hear them on the radio or see them on tv I change the channel.
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#254756 - 11/02/06 05:29 AM Re: Dixie Chicks
DJCNOR Offline
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Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 175
Loc: Norwich, Norfolk, UK
I love the Dixie Chicks and am proud of them for speaking up. What good is freedom of speech if you only use it to say things no one would object to? It's there just for that purpose and people in the spotlight have as much right to it as the rest of us.

Their new album is excellent, and apparently not lacking in popularity since, just a week ago, I heard several local yound women using the song about the young waitress falling in love with a soldier and corresponding with him as one of their standards for street singing here in Norwich, UK.

As for whether the other Chicks agreed with Natalie or not, I think the song "Not ready to make nice." makes that clear enough. They are not sorry in the least for insulting Bush. Nor should they (or Kerry) be.

It would seem that they've simply moved on to a more free-thinking audience than they originally had, and a bigger one.

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#254757 - 11/02/06 08:16 AM Re: Dixie Chicks
Kathy-Country Music Editor Offline
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Registered: 07/18/04
Posts: 300
Loc: Rosharon, TX
I understand what you are saying about freedom of speech, my point is that they don't seem to understand that it goes both ways. They can bash whomever they want, but when the backlash comes around and people say what they do about them, they get angry.

I don't support death threats or actions like that, believe me, but seriously if they would just let it die down, they might be in a better position. Country music artists know how conservative most listeners are and that there is a time and place for things to be said. A concert is not the place to shove your political views down a fans throat. Even Barbara Striesand is catching flack for political views during her concerts. Fans are tired of it, that isn't what they paid their hard earned money for, they paid for entertainment.

If any entertainer wants to spout off their political views, do it during a fund raiser or at least let people know before the tickets are purchased that you are going to be a political mouthpiece, that way the fan can make a choice as to whether they want to spend THEIR money to hear the artists views or not. Personally, I don't think politics need to be a part of concerts, the artist is there to entertain.
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