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(Montgomery Advertiser)   Alabama mother throws a tantrum after Googling offensive lyrics to an instrumental played by a marching band   (montgomeryadvertiser.com) divider line 224
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2006-10-13 03:06:35 PM
I watched 'Bring It On' and 'Sex Pistols:The Filth and the Fury' last night, so I'm getting a kick out of some of these replies...
 
waz
2006-10-13 03:07:38 PM
Did they get the necessary permissions from the copyright-holders to give a public performance of that song?

/just sayin...
 
2006-10-13 03:15:19 PM
The 41-year-old mother of two couldn't make out some of the words, so she decided to look up the Petey Pablo song on the Internet.

Christ almighty, I hope I'm not that prudish in 3.5 years when I'm 41.
 
2006-10-13 03:15:32 PM
ya know, "Little Brown Jug" sounds just like Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling" and i was sold on the alto sax, baby.
 
2006-10-13 03:17:30 PM
Here's part no one else caught:

Senior David Harrison said most students in the band want to play music with lots of beat so people can dance to it.

"We don't want to do anything to cause trouble or anything that has bad words in it," he said. "We want to show that we are professionals and give our school a good name."


No, junior, you're not a professional. A professional gets PAID to play music, and gets FIRED when that music is not what was expected.
 
2006-10-13 03:18:02 PM
If only we listened to our parents and stayed tuned to the Lawrence Welk Orchestra instead of going to that dirty Elvis concert.
 
2006-10-13 03:18:12 PM
The most offensive sports chant I've ever heard of came from Tottenham fans:

Sol, Sol, wherever you may be
On the verge of lunacy
And we don't give a fark if you're hanging from a tree
You Judas coont with HIV.



So I guess nobody can play Lord of the Dance any more?
 
2006-10-13 03:18:18 PM
My high school's unofficial song was an instrumental arrangement of a song called 'Black on Black Crime' from the Boyz in Da Hood soundtrack.

Apparently nobody found it offensive, although I remember even at that age I found it in hilariously poor taste, particularly since such a significant quantity of black on black crime was perpetrated on and by students there.

/With the tubas and all that it actually sounded damn good though.
 
2006-10-13 03:18:26 PM
They have Google in Alabama?

/got less than nothin
 
2006-10-13 03:22:39 PM
kelmeister

My saddest high school memory was when the DARE police band Hot Pursuit came to an assembly to teach us all about the evils of drug use and abuse, and they played Mony Mony, and everyone yelled "Get laid get farked!" And then Hot Pursuit stopped playing and said we were all vulgar, ignorant, and rude and they were never coming back to our school ever again.

/actually wasn't sad because it's now a funny story
//done drugs


You subversive kids sure showed those squares that this ain't your daddy's something or other.

/Mainline heroin to THE EXXXTREMEE!!!
//That will really show them
///You'll show EVERYONE!
 
2006-10-13 03:25:14 PM
TFA: "You want them to be interested in the program, but you can find something traditional that is fun and acceptable."

I think "traditional" and "acceptable" are, by definition, not "fun" for HS kids. And since when has it ever been different? Parents in the 20's hated swing (caused depraved harlotry). Parents in the 50's hated rock (more immoral sexualization). Parents now hate rap (guess why?).
 
2006-10-13 03:26:15 PM
olddinosaur:

Piling on for the fact that the Standell's lyric is:

Lovers, muggers and thieves

but it was a gronification [misheard lyric] that I repeated for years too until CDs came along.

Can't agree that Freak-A-Leak is a tasteful song, but it's nothing that hasn't been carved into every wooden desktop since the third grade.

Our high school cheer was:

KILL! KILL! Blood makes the grass grow!

and this was in the days of Flower Power. But politically correct speech hadn't been invented yet, so . . .
 
2006-10-13 03:29:31 PM
"2) People who stop and look around at the top or bottom of the escalator, wondering which way to go."

Must disagree. Worse are the people who insist on being this --> || close to you when you're going up the escalator or stairs. It's all I can do from donkey kicking them.
 
2006-10-13 03:31:26 PM
Gawdzila: I think "traditional" and "acceptable" are, by definition, not "fun" for HS kids. And since when has it ever been different? Parents in the 20's hated swing (caused depraved harlotry). Parents in the 50's hated rock (more immoral sexualization). Parents now hate rap (guess why?).

There ya go. What traditional music do they want? Field hollers? Spirituals? Harpsichord sonatas? Gregorian chants? It's all offensive to someone. What they mean to say is they want sanitized, white bread, safe music that challenges nobody and nothing, and is interesting in no way. Well , that usually includes the musicians, and that just don't fly. We need to be interested in what we are playing, or what's the point really?
 
2006-10-13 03:33:46 PM
Did they get the necessary permissions from the copyright-holders to give a public performance of that song?

If they bought the sheet music, then yes.

And I don't doubt the sheet music exists at all. You can get sheet music for ANYTHING if the copyright holders are happy to have you pay them so you can play their song at a high school football game.
 
2006-10-13 03:35:43 PM
Gawdzila

TFA: "You want them to be interested in the program, but you can find something traditional that is fun and acceptable."

I think "traditional" and "acceptable" are, by definition, not "fun" for HS kids. And since when has it ever been different? Parents in the 20's hated swing (caused depraved harlotry). Parents in the 50's hated rock (more immoral sexualization). Parents now hate rap (guess why?).


Consider the possibility that people really ARE getting stupider and less decent with passing generations... right up until a society implodes and a new one headed by the few smart folks is created.
 
2006-10-13 03:37:41 PM
I'm in the marching band.

So I'm getting a kick out of some of these replies...
 
2006-10-13 03:38:12 PM
shipofthesun

Gawdzila: I think "traditional" and "acceptable" are, by definition, not "fun" for HS kids. And since when has it ever been different? Parents in the 20's hated swing (caused depraved harlotry). Parents in the 50's hated rock (more immoral sexualization). Parents now hate rap (guess why?).

There ya go. What traditional music do they want? Field hollers? Spirituals? Harpsichord sonatas? Gregorian chants? It's all offensive to someone. What they mean to say is they want sanitized, white bread, safe music that challenges nobody and nothing, and is interesting in no way. Well , that usually includes the musicians, and that just don't fly. We need to be interested in what we are playing, or what's the point really?


According to that standard of 'challenging and interesting music' I'd like to offer this challenging and interesting post.

fark off you pole smoking assclown farktard before I shoot you thirty nine times in the face and rape your mom while drinking a 40oz.

/Challenging and interesting mode off.
 
2006-10-13 03:41:35 PM
So if she didn't recognize the song, how did she find the lyrics?
 
2006-10-13 03:44:19 PM
"Rap Music" is an oxymoron.
 
2006-10-13 03:46:00 PM
She's got 2 kids, so you know she does it - why is she all high and mighty all of the sudden?
 
2006-10-13 03:46:32 PM
I had something similar happen to me.

I worked as a longtime sub in a Detroit school. On free days I'd play music that the kids requested. I was always sure to find only raido edits and even then go for the Nsync/sugar pop that was popular.

However, many of the kids wanted Eminem. Not really a good idea for a classroom. However, I was able to get a hold of an instrumental of one of his songs. I figured...hey, no words...can't get in trouble.

Wrong. A parent complained when they heard it. They said it was inappropriate music. I explained that there were no words in an instrumental (I thought that would be obvious), so there wasn't anything that shouldn't be heard. However, they were upset that their kid knew the lyrics. I told them it wasn't from me...but they didn't seem to get it.
 
2006-10-13 03:46:39 PM
dogfood  
We must defend the integrity of Robert E. Lee. high school.
Might wanna start with renaming it.


General Lee was a graduate of West Point and Lincoln's first choice to lead the Union Army. He chose to lead the South due to family ties even though he was opposed to slavery and secession.

There are alot of reasons people fight, serving as a confederate (at the end of many years of service) should not disqualify him as an American military hero.

/distant relation
 
2006-10-13 03:46:41 PM
farking bandos


go see a drum corps instead.
 
2006-10-13 03:46:41 PM
Konowalchuk22

Robert E. Lee High School in Alabama. Is there rival Jefferson Davis high?

Geez, no! You jerk!

Davis has a junior college, thank you very much!
 
2006-10-13 03:47:36 PM
BlindMan: According to that standard of 'challenging and interesting music' I'd like to offer this challenging and interesting post.

fark off you pole smoking assclown farktard before I shoot you thirty nine times in the face and rape your mom while drinking a 40oz.

/Challenging and interesting mode off.



Challenging and interesting, no. Five year old intellect, yes. I really couldn't ferret out your uhhh, counter argument there, F. Lee Bailey, so I'm not gonna assume anything and try and return serve.
 
2006-10-13 03:48:37 PM
shipofthesun

What traditional music do they want? Field hollers? Spirituals? Harpsichord sonatas? Gregorian chants?

I dunno. Why don't we let the people decide? That's what democracy is all about anyway. You can spend your own money on any music you want. When you spend taxpayer money, however, you must be open to the criticism of the people. For the moment, it is up to the school board and administration to decide. Ultimately, the voters decide. Most administrators and board members welcome voter input because they want to be responsive to the will of the community (and keep their jobs.)
 
2006-10-13 03:49:24 PM
Howie_Feltersnatch

What is that granny kicking scene from? I can't take my eyes off of it. Is it from a movie?
 
2006-10-13 03:50:37 PM
isol8d: go see a drum corps instead.


Fascinating stuff, that. Went with an old roomate to see a competiton in Denver once and have worked various regional competitions with him over the years video and audio taping them. Always an interesting gig.
 
2006-10-13 03:51:04 PM
xrayspx:

I saw the same thing, haha

/not impressed of the Montgomery Advertiser
 
2006-10-13 03:52:35 PM
Next thing you know, John Lithgow is going to preach about the evils of dancing, and only Kevin Bacon will be able to save us.
 
2006-10-13 03:53:38 PM
The closest I can come to this is my junior Homecoming, all the perky, peppy cheerleader/student council bimbos thought it would be GRAND to have this one popular ballad be the dance theme. It was just so...so...PRETTY! And...and MOVING, and junk? Like, you know?

The song was "Close Your Eyes Forever", by Ozzy and Lita Ford.

Those of us with two brain cells thought it was HILARIOUS and didn't say a word.

A lot of us had razor blades sewn onto our formal wear, and a couple even had red slashy makeup on their wrists for the dance.
 
2006-10-13 03:54:43 PM
What? It's art...

www.thais.it
 
2006-10-13 03:55:34 PM
Yale's marching band plays "Uncle farker" from the South Park movie. So what's the big deal?

/my high school band played "Tequila" but wasn't allowed to shout "Tequila!" at the breaks
 
2006-10-13 03:55:43 PM
phartnocker

She's got 2 kids, so you know she does it - why is she all high and mighty all of the sudden?


She licks another girls vagania?
Takes x, smokes weed, snorts coke?
Whore's herself out?

She's all high an mightly because it's an issue about her comunity standards that effects her children, yet you imply she's a druged out lesbian?
 
2006-10-13 03:57:29 PM
Proving once again that we need to figure out how to tax selfrigheousness and bluenosery (And if you think that's a liberal position, think PeTA and MADD as well as the Christian Reich)
 
2006-10-13 04:00:00 PM
Damn now I want to watch Drum Line again...
 
2006-10-13 04:00:14 PM
Persnickety: I dunno. Why don't we let the people decide? That's what democracy is all about anyway. You can spend your own money on any music you want. When you spend taxpayer money, however, you must be open to the criticism of the people. For the moment, it is up to the school board and administration to decide. Ultimately, the voters decide. Most administrators and board members welcome voter input because they want to be responsive to the will of the community (and keep their jobs.)


That's fine. Except, you'll wind up with the band playing things like Sousa marches and patriotic music all the time, and eventually you won't have a band. Or at least, you won't have a band that anyone cares to come hear, because all the people who can play will be somewhere else playing things they want to play. It's a question of relevance, not taste. Also, if you bend to the will of the community, you may not have a band at all. They community may decide that it's just too much trouble to even fark with. The will of the community often times means the lowest common denominator and you know what that means. shiat for all.
 
2006-10-13 04:00:37 PM
ROFL, that's my old high school, I dropped out of band though, after everyone found out the Jr. High band director was sodomizing girls in the band.

/sigh, life in alabama...
 
2006-10-13 04:00:54 PM
shipofthesun

Challenging and interesting, no. Five year old intellect, yes. I really couldn't ferret out your uhhh, counter argument there, F. Lee Bailey, so I'm not gonna assume anything and try and return serve.

A bit slow on the uptake there kemosabe, maybe you're just missing your morning afternoon coffee.
 
2006-10-13 04:03:24 PM
Afecks

He was sodomizing GIRLS?! In ALABAMA?!

That's screwed up, especially for an Alabaman. He had it ALL wrong. Girls don't play banjo.

/the preceding attempted snark on Alabama was brought to you courtesy of an Atlanta, Georgia resident
 
2006-10-13 04:03:52 PM
Alabama mother throws a tantrum after Googling offensive lyrics....

Why would she throw a perfectly good snowboard over a song she found offensive? Seems like such a waste.

dsp.imageg.net
 
2006-10-13 04:04:11 PM
When I was in marching band we played Time Warp from Rocky Horror in the stands at football games. No one gave a shiat, and that was in the middle of nowhere in Texas. Then again my mother was the one teaching the cheerleaders and drill team how to do the time warp.

We also played My Sharona, and at the time I was trying to figure out how we got away with it. I expected someone to freak out that we were playing something with lyrics like "Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch of the younger kind."
 
2006-10-13 04:07:27 PM
I love how the comments section on TFA (on the news site, not here) has turned into a "Creation Science" discussion.
 
2006-10-13 04:07:34 PM
Linoleum_Blownapart: The only Pep Band song I remember having banned was "Three Blind Mice". Apparently the referees at the basketball games were taking offense.

We played that in college hockey games each time the refs came onto the ice. One game a ref left in the middle of the game...next period, the remaining pair came out. We played 3BM, one of the refs skated over and flashed 2 fingers at us.
 
2006-10-13 04:09:21 PM
BlindMan: A bit slow on the uptake there kemosabe, maybe you're just missing your morning afternoon coffee.


no, see, I just didn't quite get what you were arguing for or against, since it seemed to be just an attack on me personally. Strange, since I didn't actually address you, or anything about you. Are you one of those types who just enjoys looking like a dumbass in public on purpose? Because see, we were having a discussion about music and marching bands, and you justtried break out a can of weak ass and attemped to apply it to me, but it doesn't work when it has nothing to do wioth the topic at hand really. Or were you just being clever and quoting some rap lyrics at me? I apologize for my ignorance, but I really don't listen to rap. It's not my cup of tea. But it was awful clever of you to assume I did, if in fact that's what you were up to. Adorable, really.
 
2006-10-13 04:12:52 PM
Natick (MA) High School (where Doug "Hail Mary" Flutie went to high school) actually plays gangsta rap tunes over the PA system (I heard the "n" word in one of the tunes).
 
2006-10-13 04:14:28 PM
Sounds like submitter is the real dumbass here.
 
2006-10-13 04:15:25 PM
I am GLAD that the parent said, "um.. no!" to this song being played. Good for her.

It does make me a little surprised that there is so much "SHE OVER-REACTED" statements here. Ask your kids if they know the song and see what they say. Oh yeah, that would require talking to them. No STFU and GBTP (parenting)!
 
2006-10-13 04:15:31 PM
shipofthesun

BlindMan: A bit slow on the uptake there kemosabe, maybe you're just missing your morning afternoon coffee.


no, see, I just didn't quite get what you were arguing for or against, since it seemed to be just an attack on me personally. Strange, since I didn't actually address you, or anything about you. Are you one of those types who just enjoys looking like a dumbass in public on purpose? Because see, we were having a discussion about music and marching bands, and you justtried break out a can of weak ass and attemped to apply it to me, but it doesn't work when it has nothing to do wioth the topic at hand really. Or were you just being clever and quoting some rap lyrics at me? I apologize for my ignorance, but I really don't listen to rap. It's not my cup of tea. But it was awful clever of you to assume I did, if in fact that's what you were up to. Adorable, really.


I'm not going to bother reading all your post because it's obvious you STILL didn't get it and judging from your interest in the marching band you're probably a pretty nice kid in high school who's only caught a temporary case of the teenage stupids. That happens to almost all of us at some point.

It's been a long day and I've only got a couple cans of rhetorical whoopass left and I might need them if I encounter a more deserving target later.

So cheers and good luck with the band and good luck with the pimples and cheerleaders and the whole shebang.
 
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