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October 20, 2010



What a great piece this is all new to me, thanks for posting

Doug Schulkind

An opposing viewpoint:    Thanks for these (and all your) gems, Greg.

charles ford

Is there any way you can post the b-side of big bill Johnson, Set
Lt. Calley Free so I can download it?
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Scottish / Dutch band Dog Faced Hermans had a song called Calley on their sixth album Those Deep Buds, released on Alternative Tentacle. The song recounts a dream of going to Calley's hardware store many years after his release to confront him about the massacre. You might be able to hear the song from the out of print album here -


Holy Crap!!!! This is so heavy! Wow....blown away.


Thanks Greg for this great slice of history. The records are very cool too.


Thank you. great history lesson.


Worth mentioning is that My Lai gave maybe the first serious opportunity for a young Colin Powell to base his career in lies and cover-ups:

Murray Van Creme

At "Pinkville", a unit of the US Army acted precisely like the SS in Russia. It methodically lined up and executed an entire village. One account mentions a child, only wounded on the hand, looking dazed and unbelieving...the orders were given to finish him off.

I'll also add that this is the sort of thing that all the pro-war propaganda accused the Viet Cong or NVA of doing, not to mention the Evil Soviet Empire.

I go to the local supermarket and see kids walking around with their parents. I try to imagine aiming an assault rifle at them and ripping into their bodies with round after round. Will they fall immediately, or will they writhe? Will the corpses twitch?

It so disgusts me that I cannot imagine any, ANY defense of Calley's wanton depravity. A constant thread in the most morally deficient recordings in this bunch is that Calley was just following orders. "I vass just follovink orders!!" That didn't cut it in the aftermath of World War II. Why should it in Vietnam?

Jim Thompson

I remember when this was played locally when it was new. As I recall, not played often. It's pretty miserable, really. A local Detroit group had an analogous record called "I'd Rather Fight Than Pay," a side reference to then then-contemporary Tareyton cigarette TV ads ("I'd rather fight than switch" was their tagline). I have a copy of the 45 (by Chuck Dockery and His Four Buddies) which apparently is pretty rare; a specialist in MI garage band material told me neither he nor his garage-punk allies have ever heard it, let alone seen a copy.


I'll mention that C Company of "Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley" fame put out an entire LP with that song as the hit single. The rest of the songs were themed to all the other great wars we fought -- from the American Revolution to the Korean War, which as i recall was a mixture of covers and original songs. The B-side of the single ("Routine Patrol") was not put on the album. I also have another version of the "Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley" by another artist that i'll have to look up when i get home.

Kip W

I have the sheet music to "Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley." How nice of other people to write self-pitying self-justification for him! He apparently felt remorse about it, while these brave armchair warriors probably still have fantasies about going over there and being 'heroes.'

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