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March 22, 2008


Debbie D

Thanks to Jon Hammer for the fine hippie in a blender artwork!


The images of the labels look awesome!

Listener Greg

Wow, Rex.
As far as blog posts, you're batting .1000.
Any chance this will become a weekly thing?


I think it was Buck Owens who wrote Merle's hit, because I heard it was he who stopped another band from releasing "I'm proud to be an Asshole from El Paso". I don't know, I just heard.

John McCabe

now I understand all that hate mail I get

Rory Murray

And there's the song "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mothers" by Jerry Jeff Walker. It contains a line "Kicking Hippies Asses".
Remember, Jesus was the first (and ultimate) Hippy.
Happy Easter, you Groovy Freaks!

Dave R.

That's funny about Jimmy Bennett chairing the Heritage Foundation. It seems totally plausible to me, really, so I went to Heritage's scary site and looked him up but found nothing.

He might not chair their site, but I bet he at least gets (got) their newsletter every month!

King Daevid MacKenzie

...wot?!!? No Phil Ochs doing "Okie from Muskogee"??...

...oh, and, IIRC, "Asshole from El Paso" was a Chinga Chavin item. It got released (I used to have the album it's on)...


I'm usually the first to roll my eyes when the reek of stale patchouli and bong water means filthy hippies are nearby but "Okie from Muskogee" was sung (at least partly) tongue in cheek. And "Asshole from El Paso" was the not-quite-governor of Texas Kinky Friedman's parody. Thanks for more great music!


And don't forget "Crispy Critters" by C.W. McCall.....great hippie-hater song....on "The Wilderness" LP.

The Contrarian

Dave R., I also thought that Jimmy Bennett was the chair of the Heritage Foundation, so I looked it up here.

No Jimmy Bennett, but plenty of those folks bear an eerie resemblance to the WFMU staff...


Actually, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers"---the much-beloved opening song on Jerry Jeff Walker's 1973 album "Viva Terlingua"---is an anti-redneck, not an anti-hippie song, written by Ray Wylie Hubbard.

On the other hand, Bobbie Womack's "Harry Hippie" lays on the anti-hippie irony with a trowel. There's a copy available at


Classic.I own the original on UK Decca

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