Wednesday’s back, which means it’s time for MFK!
We’ve all played the “M.F.K” game before — where you’re given three names and have to decide which one to marry, which one gets brings the lust, and which one has to die?
Well this is exactly the same, except with music. I give you three songs, and all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell tell me which one you LOVE, which one you want to fugg, and which one sleeps with the fishes.
Of course, we’re always looking for reader submissions — so if there’s a track you heard and you kinda like it, or you seriously love it, or you absolutely HATE IT — find a YouTube and email me the link and I’ll post it up here as soon as I can.
Got some great reader submissions this week, people are really starting to get into the idea (along with the two or three folks who always send me Psy’s Gangnam Style [OMIGOD HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?] even though we already used it, lol) — so we should have some interesting things happening in the next few weeks, but this time around I wanted to take things in a slightly different direction – mainly because a handful of fantastic country songs found their way to my inbox, which is something we don’t always get the chance to work with on the site.
I know a lot of people instinctively want to turn their nose up at cowboy hat songs, and there’s plenty of crap out there that justifies that idea, but if you’re willing to open your mind a little bit there are lots of artists coming out of Nashville (and parts west) these days that actually do sorta get it.
Full disclosure here, my dad was an old school Opry fan when I was growing up — so I got a lot of exposure to that sound early. The bad part of that is that all the Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, and Waylon Jennings I endured as a kid makes me sort of hate 99% of the new-pop-country crap that comes out.
Hip-hop has it’s share of bad trends and manufactured stars, but it’s nothing compared to the way country music tries to slap cowboy hats and pookah shell necklaces on any hack they can find with a face that might look good in a video.
I’m all for harmonies and boot-scootin’ rhythms, but sometimes with country music you can just feel the industry’s hands at work in the lyrics and the messages, and it makes the whole thing come off sounding pretty fake. Luckily, I think this week I’ve got three artists who at least are coming at it the right way.
And if nothing else — I know I can trust OHNs listeners to give them a fair shake and an honest opinion on their sound (and even if not, I threw one in there for Slaus that you might like despite yourselves).
Let’s see what you think.
And remember, even if you like the songs — you HAVE TO CHOOSE!
Randy Houser — Anything Goes
Jim Bianco — I Got a Thing For You
Cletus T. Judd — Double D Cups