“I just didn’t like how blatant country music was,” she says, laughing again. “Nothing seemed poetic or subtle. Nothing could be interpreted two different ways! It’s all very spelled out. James Taylor can write ‘Fire and Rain’ and tell you it’s about a mental institution, this and that – and you listen to it, and you’re trying to decipher it all. And, you know, a country song would be like [sings twangily], ‘I’m in a mental institution!’ ”
“I don’t remember lovin’ you, and I don’t recall the things, you say you put me through…”
Wow, talk about bitterness. I mean, I can understand it to a point, but to throw the entire genre itself under the bus because of the narrow-mindedness of a portion of its fans is just beyond the pale. To take just one example, the John Conlee song I mentioned above pretty much all but tells the listener that he’s institutionalized, but it still paints quite a picture doing so. But even…
…oh, you know, fuck it. Anybody whose opinion really matters knows she’s full of it. Natalie Maines wallows in her ignorance here like the proverbial pig wallows in shit, all the while lobbing her rhetorical grenades like monkeys flinging shit at the zoo. And it’s funny, too, if you think about it. I would bet Rolling Stone saw this interview as just another way to send another zinger to all those slack-jawed yokels living in flyover country, but it seems that in their zeal to do so, they made themselves look quite stupid without even realizing it.
I mean, if they want to say country music is stupid and simplistic, you’d think they would have been more…subtle about it.
(h/t Country California)