JAGGER BACKTRACKS ON ANTI-BUSH TUNE: Pressured by Angry Netizens, Jagger Says His Song Attacks Neo-Cons, not Bush

by Richard Poe
Thursday, August 11, 2005

3:00 pm Eastern Time

Facing a groundswell of Net-driven outrage over his upcoming CD, Mick Jagger backtracked yesterday, explaining that his controversial, anti-war song, “Sweet Neo Con” does not apply to President Bush “personally.” (hat tip, Mikie, FreeRepublic)

“It’s not really aimed at anyone,” Jagger told the TV show Extra. “It’s not aimed personally at President Bush. It wouldn’t be called `Sweet Neo Con’ if it was. It’s certainly very critical of certain policies of this administration. So what? Lots of people are critical.” (via Telegraph, Hindustan Times)

Syndicated columnist Debbie Schlussel called on Americans yesterday, through her blog, to pressure the National Football League (NFL) into dropping its plans to feature the Rolling Stones in its Monday Night football broadcasts this season.

As previously reported on this blog, Jagger’s song “Sweet Neo Con” contains these lyrics:”You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite. You call yourself a patriot. Well, I think you’re full of sh*t!… How come you’re so wrong, my sweet neo-con.” (“Jagger Tune Bashes Bush, Condi, War,” MBC, 08.09.05)

by Richard Poe
August 11, 2005 03:00 PM ET

Cross-posted from 08.11.05


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  1. RightWinger says:

    Sounds like someone isn’t ready to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

  2. Mikie says:

    Jagger is one rich “green” man. He knows where his bread is buttered, that’s for sure. Any punky kid who thinks he has something in common with Mick is just plain stupid. He is the elite of the elite, up there with “Sir” Paul (“SIR”, what a joke! About as much a “Sir” as I am).

  3. J. Bargholz says:

    The Rolling Stones used to produce great music but they havn’t written a decent song since the seventies. They were never socially relevant and “sweet Neo-con” is another example of good performers not having any special insights on important matters. I’t’s sad enough to see geriatrics acting like kids onstage but to reach Mick’s advanced age without aquiring any wisdom is pathetic.

    I’ll still play my Stones CDs, along with my CCR, Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, etc. I dont listen to get political insights, I listen because I enjoy the music. They can voice their ridiculous opinions all they want, who pays attention to rock lyrics anyway? Nobody sensible.

    Personally, I think the only songs Mick came up with that even aproached relevance were the ones rife with misogyny or drug references. While not exactly socially relevant, “Some Girls,” “It’s All Over Now,” “Such A Stupid Girl,” “Under My Thumb” and others were humorous and insightful. Not surprising, considering he knows a lot more about women and drugs than politics. His drug related songs like “Monkey Man” and “Heartbreaker” were great too. At least most of his drug songs were critical of drug use.

    Just because the Stones are ignorant junkies is no reason I cant enjoy their music. I learned to tune out the opinions of celebrities a long time ago. I suggest others do the same.

  4. Mr. Beamish says:

    I see a red buffoon, and I think he’s smoking crack….

  5. J. Bargholz says:

    Mr. Beamish,

    Was that directed at me? If so, what the hell is your problem?

  6. guajiro says:

    Come on, Mick put Lucifer in the Russian Revolution. “I stuck around St Petersburg when i saw it was a time for a change,
    killed the czar and his ministers, Anastasia screamed in vain.”

    He’s not as stupid as he looks.

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