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November 25, 2005

Country Music Television: The Perfect Holiday Hangover Cure

By Pepper of the Daily Pepper

Over Thanksgiving, I discovered the wonders of CMT - Country Music Television. I'm not a blue-stater making a grand discovery or anything. I used to work at a country music radio station when Garth Brooks was huge, and I see all the new videos when they come out. I'm not a huge fan, but I know my way around the world of country, and not all of it is red-state, Toby Keith crap. (Although much of it is, and Montgomery Gentry, I'm talking to you!)

I don't get CMT on my cable system, but, when I was drunk off Leinenkugels, I found that CMT was perfect viewing for a family of mixed religious beliefs, political beliefs, and sobriety levels.

On Friday, as we ate pita chips and pretzel chunks and recovered from our hangovers with more beer, my whole family was entranced by the original Dukes of Hazzard, which reminded me of how lame the movie redo was. Jessica Simpson is the Tofurky to Catherine Bach's turkey dinner. Seeing Catherine Bach at her peak made my dad praise CMT as "earthy," but I think he had something else in mind.

My favorite CMT show was their "Sexiest Videos of the Year." CMT has a clip-show format taken entirely from VH1 (both are Viacom companies - so VH1 viewers and CMT viewers who think the other group is stupid should know they are watching the same network). As always, a mix of low-level celebs, comedians, and the ubiquitous Joel Stein dish about our favorite videos. It's like Beavis, Butt-Head, and Joel Stein.

Yet again, I received proof of my theory that, despite being the supposed music of the all-American masses, country music is dirty. I've seen many of the sexy music videos at work, but I somehow missed Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and Dierks Bentley's "Come a Little Closer" in which Mr. Bentley attempts to be the redneck version of Barry White. CMT made the videos even dirtier by hiring Blue-Collar comedian Bill Engvall to count down the videos while he lounged around with the Playboy Bunnies at Hef's Mansion. No matter what, the red-staters and blue-staters in the family had a good ol' time. And who says liberals are brie-eaters who can't have fun and party down with the red-staters?

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There's some pretty good alt-country out there these days -- I went to a Drive-By Truckers show at Austin City Limits, and it was awesome. Don't know if any of that gets on CMT, though.

In a more mainstream vein, She's In Love With The Boy" is an old favorite of mine. The mother's line at the end is made of pure Yay.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Nov 25, 2005 9:29:01 PM

"Yet again, I received proof of my theory that, despite being the supposed music of the all-American masses, country music is dirty."

What do you mean "despite". Its BECAUSE its the music of the all-American masses, not in spite of it. We're a nation of horn-dogs with a strong Puritanical streak - which makes us ashamed of the fact we're a nation of horn-dogs so we do stupid things to try to prove that we're not.

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