Based on their Fly album, I like them a lot - they're fun and feisty, and they use their clout to push the limits of what mainstream country allows (you won't find fun sing-alongs about husband-murdering or hyper-speed bluegrass odes to "mattress dancin'" with lines like "praise the lord and pass the ammunition" on the next Tim McGraw record, I don't think). If I had a top 10 singles list for 2000, "Goodbye Earl" (written by the same guy who wrote Elvis' "Burning Love" - and Roger Miller's hippie-era "Where Have All The Average People Gone" !) would be on it easily - it's just an awesome incredibly catchy pop song.
Also, the short one who sometimes looks like a riot grrl is kinda cute.
― Patrick, Thursday, 15 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
I really don't like the Dixie Chicks at all. It goes with the thread
about being convinced out of liking things: my answer was that it's
hard to convince me to not like something by telling me it's crap,
but it is easy to convince me to hate something I find average if
people really masturbate over how great it is. The Dixie Chicks fall
under that category. For the most part, I could ignore them but the
way everyone goes on and on about them like they're the second coming
makes me LOATHE them.
And that Goodbye Earl song really irritates the hell out of me, to be
honest. Whichever one is singing the chorus should be punched.
Granted, I'm hung over right now so I'm overreacting.
― Ally, Friday, 16 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
I must say, I'm somewhat surprised to discover that someone else
doesn't understand the fascination with the lead singer. I mean, she
has a decent voice but she is rather emphatically NOT all that. Most
people I know who talk about them talk about her as being the best
part of the band. YIKES. Musically, I find them infinitely
more intersting when they're doing bluegrass stuff. I saw a "Behind
The Music"-style program on them and their rise to fame and the old
clips where they were a four-piece that wore unabashedly tacky Grand
Ole Opry-style spanglewear and did ferocious bluegrass were easily
the most enjoyable parts of the program.
Had they broken into the mainstream with their bluegrass stuff,
they'd be a classic. As it stands, I sometimes have problems telling
them apart from The Corrs. DUD.
― Dan Perry, Friday, 16 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
And as much as most riot grrls annoy me, I still think it would be
really insulting to them to say that the short one looks like one.
Ally is spot on in the treasure troll comparison.
― Nicole, Friday, 16 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
I take offense to the Corrs comparison, Dan. The Dixie Chicks are far
too offensive for anyone to mistake them for the Corrs. Turn your radio
up. Shitty singers, comely outfits on unattractive people, wretched
lyrics, a novelty hit that wasn't even as good as their other singles
(not that it's bad - mention of the 4H club and the "Earl had to die"
line punctuated by na na nas and the obligatory banjo makes it good
enough, better if you remember that Earl is DMX's real name). I
recommend (drunkenly, to Tom) Sheryl Crow doing "Strong Enough" live
with the Dixie Chicks' inexplicable karaokeishness sending a duff song
over the top into the land of surprisingly touching bittersweet tear-
in-my-beer proto-nostalgia, lines like "please don't leave" being sung
from the day before yesterday, when things were good, when their man's
strength was still in question. But their best moment is "If I Fall
You're Going Down With Me", an absurdly upbeat candidate for the
Cruellest Lines thread, rivalled as new country's best moment by only
that mockingbird song by the jailbait girl from a few years back and
the new SheDaisy single, which if you haven't listened to on my
recommendation, is Chuck Eddy's good enough for ya? (If that's still
not enough: the chorus features hand claps! Not to mention buried
punctuative oscillator hits.)
― Otis Wheeler, Saturday, 17 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Emily, Sunday, 18 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Patrick, Monday, 19 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Tom, Monday, 19 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Emily, Monday, 19 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
Oh yeah, and the lead singer is great, looks aside.
― Jack Redelfs, Friday, 23 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link
The Dixie Chicks RULE!!!!!
― 1stanniversary, Monday, 27 October 2003 03:04 (seventeen years ago) link
― 1stanniversary, Monday, 27 October 2003 03:08 (seventeen years ago) link
― hstencil, Monday, 27 October 2003 03:11 (seventeen years ago) link
― gabbneb (gabbneb), Monday, 27 October 2003 03:15 (seventeen years ago) link
― gabbneb (gabbneb), Monday, 27 October 2003 03:51 (seventeen years ago) link
I feel the same way about Ani DiFranco.
― Kevin Erickson, Monday, 27 October 2003 06:02 (seventeen years ago) link
I didn't like them at all until I heard "Home", which is less slick, more acoustic/bluegrassy and a decent enough listen if you're in the mood for that. Some of the songs are kinda corny, but that goes with the territory...I have no desire to hear their other CDs, especially the one with that godawful annoying "Goodbye Earl" on it.
― Don't Ever Antagonize The Horny (AaronHz), Thursday, 10 March 2005 19:15 (sixteen years ago) link
― Patrick (Patrick), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 03:59 (fifteen years ago) link
― gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 04:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 04:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― edward o (edwardo), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 04:25 (fifteen years ago) link
I mean, people talk about Jenny Lewis and here we've got the real deal in Natalie, singing like a velvet flamethrower with Rick Rubin Cashing the production and where's the love? Hello?
― Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Friday, 26 May 2006 01:01 (fifteen years ago) link
― Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Friday, 26 May 2006 01:45 (fifteen years ago) link
― gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 26 May 2006 01:55 (fifteen years ago) link
I think you'll find it grows on you. "Voice in My Head" is gorgeous; "Baby Hold On" has a chorus that reminds me of ELO but I'm weird.
― Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Friday, 26 May 2006 03:29 (fifteen years ago) link
― Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Friday, 26 May 2006 03:30 (fifteen years ago) link
― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 23 October 2006 21:44 (fourteen years ago) link
― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 23 October 2006 21:48 (fourteen years ago) link
― gabbneb (gabbneb), Monday, 23 October 2006 21:51 (fourteen years ago) link
they should do something with mellencamp, Tim mcGraw & all the red state anti-bushites, some sort of We Are The World-style hootenanny.
― timmy tannin (pompous), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 01:18 (fourteen years ago) link
― Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 04:34 (fourteen years ago) link
What a hilariously horrible thread.
"Travelin' Soldier" is killing me today; it's perfect in every way, the singing, the playing, the song's twist that's so obvious from the start & yet pow! each time it comes.
― Euler, Monday, 4 April 2011 17:33 (ten years ago) link
this thread is always a good opportunity to fp people who are hopefully gone forever from ILM
― droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 30 January 2016 10:20 (five years ago) link
― droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, January 30, 2016 11:20 AM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink
"Not Ready To Make Nice" is the one's that knocking me out today. And the "Daddy Lessons" remix.
― L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 21 September 2019 16:23 (two years ago) link
"Gaslighter" is so good. it is KILLING me that she says "you broke me" because it's a flip from the pose of "Not Ready To Make Nice" and yet comes out feeling even tougher.
― Joey Corona (Euler), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:36 (one year ago) link