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Red Solo Cup! I lift you up! Let's have a party! Toby Keith's new music video has to be seen to be believed. Including a guest appearance by mefi favorite, Craig Ferguson!
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posted by Think_Long at 11:47 AM on October 11, 2011


This is . . . AWESOME. It's like Tom T. Hall for the 21st century. Yes, that's a great thing.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 11:49 AM on October 11, 2011 [6 favorites]


I actually believed it before I saw it.
posted by crunchland at 11:51 AM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I came for the snark, but left with a new drinkin' song. Well met, Mr. Keith.
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:54 AM on October 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


I think I just heard the Wilhelm Scream in that...
posted by lazaruslong at 11:54 AM on October 11, 2011


It's kind of weird to see Toby Keith use his earworm powers for good rather than evil.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:56 AM on October 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


he's such a hateful fuck.

i do <3 craigyferg, though...
posted by nadawi at 11:59 AM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's also nice to see that the women from Rap and Rock videos aren't type cast.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:00 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is that Rachel Maddow at 2:32?
posted by Grimgrin at 12:01 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


nadawi said: he's such a hateful fuck

How do get THAT from a song about the"red white and blue", which is just about patriotism. That's rather fuzzy logic and it's nonsensical, is it not? Where's the hate?
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 12:05 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Stay tuned til the end for guest appearances from MeFi favorites like Ted Nugent and Carrot Top.
posted by box at 12:08 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Seeker: And the eagle will fly and it's gonna be hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell.
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you.
Ah, brought to you, courtesy of the red, white and blue.


Don't be obtuse.
posted by Grimgrin at 12:10 PM on October 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


It's like someone's Dad crashed a kegger.
posted by stifford at 12:11 PM on October 11, 2011 [12 favorites]


Without the CraigyFerg reference, I never would have clicked... but I'm surprised to be glad I did. Dare I say it was cute?
posted by Sweetie Darling at 12:14 PM on October 11, 2011


I came for the drinking song and left with a new life philosophy.
posted by swift at 12:15 PM on October 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


An appropriate song for our times. If anything, perhaps a little too much so.
posted by Patapsco Mike at 12:15 PM on October 11, 2011


For a glorious moment I thought that was Randall from Clerks on banjo.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 12:16 PM on October 11, 2011


You'd have to be a total fucking asshole not to like this song. Fortunately...
posted by ob at 12:16 PM on October 11, 2011


Seekerofsplendor

Now this nation that I love is fallin' under attack.
A mighty sucker-punch came flying in from somewhere in the back.
Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,
Man, we lit up your world like the fourth of July.

...
Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage:
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage.
An' you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A.
'Cos we'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.


yep, just regular old patriotism. that's probably why the song is subtitled "the angry american." comparing the september 11th attacks to a bar fight is entirely appropriate and level headed and just shows love for our country. obviously.

oh, wait, no it doesn't. he's a hateful fuck.
posted by nadawi at 12:19 PM on October 11, 2011 [22 favorites]


Sean Hannity plays the "we'll put a boot in your ass" line in the intro to his radio show.

It's a "hateful fuck" thing.
posted by Trurl at 12:22 PM on October 11, 2011


That's exactly what I expected from a Toby Keith video.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 12:26 PM on October 11, 2011


Whoa. Someone just "out-Buffeted" Jimmy Buffet. And don't misunderstand me, that's high praise.
posted by ColdChef at 12:29 PM on October 11, 2011 [6 favorites]


It's like someone's Dad crashed a kegger.

I'm sort of guessing that "it's like someone's dad crashed a kegger" is a good summary of the experience of knowing Toby Keith, too.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:29 PM on October 11, 2011


and this isn't me being anti-country. i am probably one of the bigger country music fans on metafilter. i'm not one of those hipsters who only love old country. i can sing "watermelon crawl" from beginning to end. i often sing "be my baby tonight" while cooking dinner. on roadtrips "redneck woman" and "goodbye earl" are on the mixtape. i even listen to the sadly born again charlie daniels (but i prefer his dope smokin' traveler songs to his good ole boy beat the gays songs).
posted by nadawi at 12:31 PM on October 11, 2011


Not just CraigyFerg, but Geoff!
posted by tommasz at 12:31 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Balls.
posted by stenseng at 12:34 PM on October 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


His appearance on "A Colbert Christmas" though suggests he's either a complete, Ted Nugent level lunatic or has a functioning sense of irony.
posted by Grimgrin at 12:43 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


so this song is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of eternity I take it?
posted by supermedusa at 12:43 PM on October 11, 2011


Now, wait; Craig Ferguson doesn't drink.

And Carrot Top, I'm pretty sure, doesn't exist.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:44 PM on October 11, 2011


Can a man with two first names be trusted?
posted by Homemade Interossiter at 12:45 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is he getting kickbacks from Solo?
posted by secondhand pho at 12:46 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


nadawi, I had completely suppressed the existence of "Be My Baby Tonight" somewhere in the depths of my memories of being a 10 year old growing up in North Carolina, and now I'm not really sure if I want to thank you or hit you.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:46 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh. How did I miss the guy drinking the cup of piss?
posted by ColdChef at 12:46 PM on October 11, 2011


Also: I don't recognize any of the "celebrity" cameos at the end. Except for the Nuge. And the previously mentioned 'top. Oh, there's the guy with the racist puppets.
posted by ColdChef at 12:48 PM on October 11, 2011


And whatsisname, that drunk hack!
posted by box at 12:54 PM on October 11, 2011


"The Koch Brothers own Vanity Fair, Dixie, Sparkle, and Zee. Options for you include: Hefty (Pactiv Corp) and Solo (Solo Cup Inc.)."

Just watch your step, Toby.
posted by klarck at 12:55 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is he getting kickbacks from Solo?

Of course!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:55 PM on October 11, 2011


GET OUT OF MY BRAIN, SONG!
posted by ColdChef at 1:00 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is he getting kickbacks from Solo? Of course! --- WE'VE BEEN DUPED!
posted by crunchland at 1:01 PM on October 11, 2011


FUTK.
posted by 4ster at 1:03 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I fully endorse every cover of this song by every band that does not actually feature Toby Keith.
posted by GameDesignerBen at 1:05 PM on October 11, 2011


Is he getting kickbacks from Solo? Of course!

Feh, he's no Dora Hall (see also).
posted by AzraelBrown at 1:13 PM on October 11, 2011


I'm pretty sure the high-voltage current of pure unadulterated broriffic evil released by placing Sammy Hagar and Carrot Top in such close proximity cancels out the Craig Ferguson awesomeness. Starting from zero, all you've got is a New Country good ole boy superstar questioning the integrity of people who enjoy the actual taste of beer as well as its intoxicating properties. Warm Bud Light probably does taste better out of a red Solo cup, because they're made of basically the same materials. But I still don't really want to drink at that party.

So yeah, it's all curious and almost charmingly crude like the great spinning butter wheel at the Roy Rogers at an Interstate rest stop, but I'm pretty sure it's not good for society.
posted by gompa at 1:23 PM on October 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


So I take it "Solo" is a brand name. Right? Does anybody actually use the brand name when referring to the item?

I ask this because even though I've seen (and probably used) crimson, disposable, drink containers, a) I'm not an American and b) I never really did the party-with-plastic-drinking-cups circuit.
posted by sardonyx at 1:33 PM on October 11, 2011


Is he getting kickbacks from Solo? Of course!

Feh, he's no Dora Hall (see also)


So, that's what it would be like to get high with a child molester; I wasn't really wondering, but now I know.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:35 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


comparing the september 11th attacks to a bar fight is entirely appropriate and level headed and just shows love for our country. obviously.
oh, wait, no it doesn't. he's a hateful fuck.


It's interesting that you're so very angry with metaphor.
All he did was write a song, in the wake of a hugely inpactful event, that echoed the emotions of many, if not most Americans. That's part of the job description for pop musicians.
You're well within your rights to take issue with that emotional response, but if your rhetorical skills are so weak that all you can think to attack with is cursing and name calling then it's a delicious irony that you chose "hateful fuck".
posted by mikoroshi at 1:35 PM on October 11, 2011


People of the Internet,
I apologize on behalf of my town, in which these iconic vessels were manufactured. Really, look on the bottom of the cup next time, but only if the contents are frozen and thus not a spill-risk.
posted by obscurator at 1:41 PM on October 11, 2011


Cute song, but he goes from "I like this" to "you've got no balls if you like something else" in less than 10 seconds, so fuck him.
posted by benito.strauss at 1:41 PM on October 11, 2011 [6 favorites]


Things like this make me happier that the frat houses are on the other side of town.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:42 PM on October 11, 2011


That was surprisingly tolerable.
posted by Aizkolari at 1:43 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does anybody actually use the brand name when referring to the item?

Yes, many American people including myself do actually refer to them as Solo cups. If you asked a store clerk in America for Solo cups, they'd know what you were talking about.
posted by CheeseLouise at 1:47 PM on October 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


Wait until you hear it at 3AM shouted from the balcony of a frat house.
posted by Four Flavors at 1:48 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait until you hear it at 3AM shouted from the balcony of a frat house.

Why on earth would I go within hearing distance of a frat house?
posted by The World Famous at 1:51 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


i've seen the solo cup question come up in other places from people who don't live in the US - i guess they make an appearance in a lot of popular culture stuff (movies, videos, etc). dixie and solo cups are both often referred to by brand, even if that's not the brand of those you end up buying. i have orange solo cups in my pantry right now.
posted by nadawi at 1:53 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


This marks the first time I've ever laughed at Carrot Top. Doll bed for the win.
posted by padraigin at 1:54 PM on October 11, 2011


larry bird and roger clemens. huh. this i did not expect, growing up watching them play in boston.
posted by qnarf at 2:01 PM on October 11, 2011


Originally Solo were known for their unique coffee cups. They have since branched out and cornered the giant cup market. Zippy even visited the one in my city, where I once had the honor of cleaning out the wax room for extra money over Christmas break while in school!

Of course blue Solo cups would be more appropriate for this crowd.
posted by TedW at 2:05 PM on October 11, 2011


mikoroshi: All he did was write a song, in the wake of a hugely inpactful event, that echoed the emotions of many, if not most Americans.

And directly from Toby Keith:
This was written a few days after the September 11th terrorist attacks. My father was a soldier in the Army in the ‘50s and always flew a flag to show his patriotism. I had just lost him in a car wreck six months before the attacks took place, so I wrote my feelings down. I never really intended for this to be a song. It was originally titled “Angry American.”
And he has a cheeky side, see: As good as I once was. It's more of a pop country song, but he can laugh at his own (stage) bravado.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:06 PM on October 11, 2011


And ... it's stuff like this that makes me wanna quit the music industry forever. However, I do appreciate a keg on the back porch and red solo cup (I fill you up! Let's have a party! AAARRRRGH, curse you Toby Keith!).
posted by pfafflin at 2:08 PM on October 11, 2011


I prefer to think this is a genuine homage to a previously unsung American icon, instead of a cynically planned, deliberately crafted marketing strategy. I refer to Keith's appeal to his demographic by referencing a universal and easily recognizable but heretofore disregarded motif - the red Solo cup. It is anti-bourgeois, anti-intellectual, beer drinkin', good ol' boy American goodness. It's even red for the blood we shed spreading Freedom and Democracy around the world.

As for the Solo people, this would be brilliant if they were in on it.
posted by Xoebe at 2:18 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


larry bird and roger clemens. huh. this i did not expect, growing up watching them play in boston.

Ditto.
posted by ericb at 2:22 PM on October 11, 2011


Move over Hank Williams Jr., we have a new Monday Night Football Theme song.
posted by yeti at 2:32 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


ELP - Brain Salad Surgery?
posted by 7segment at 2:34 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


this i did not expect, growing up watching them play in boston.

The city where drugstores and supermarkets put Solo cups and ping-pong balls together on an endcap display and call it a Back-to-School Special. For real.
posted by Spatch at 2:47 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


mikoroshi: "comparing the september 11th attacks to a bar fight is entirely appropriate and level headed and just shows love for our country. obviously.
oh, wait, no it doesn't. he's a hateful fuck.


It's interesting that you're so very angry with metaphor.
All he did was write a song, in the wake of a hugely inpactful event, that echoed the emotions of many, if not most Americans.
"

NOT MOST.
posted by Deathalicious at 2:54 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


I can't begin to tell you how much it pains me to admit that this song is ... pretty great.


Although on some occasions, the Red Solo Cup is used to designate that the beverage therein must be non-alcoholic. On most occasions, the Red Solo Cup costs $2-$5, depending on the contents of the keg.

And someone always loses the Sharpie, so remember to bring your own. You can use it to personalize your cup, and if a reveler should pass out on the couch later, you can personalize him too.
posted by louche mustachio at 3:04 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I listened to this song once about 45 minutes ago and its chorus is now stuck in my head. If this continues for three hours, I'm going to have to start singing the "Live a little be a gypsy get around" part of McCartney's "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" just to provide myself some temporary release. It will suck for everyone else in my office, though.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:07 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


(Keith also had the good taste to cover Fred Eaglesmith, furthering my inner conflict.)
posted by louche mustachio at 3:08 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, I can't hate that, I really wanted to though.

But, what's with having Mickey Rourke play Toby in his own video!?
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 3:15 PM on October 11, 2011


Mickey Rourke? I thought it was Vincent D'Onofrio.
posted by bienbiensuper at 3:19 PM on October 11, 2011


I'm with Aizkolari and others in the "surprisingly tolerable" crowd. That is, this is relatively inoffensive, to my surprise. Yes, it celebrates the kind of party I hoped would be fun when I was in my early twenties, celebrates an iconic piece of cheap American crud, features a bunch of celebrities I find less repellent than the "World's Dumbest" crew, and is populated by guys I don't find all that interesting and women whose only function is to look cute but sloppy. However, it's not horrible.
posted by Peach at 3:53 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


OK Toby Keith.
Between this song and video, your Colbert Christmas Special appearance, and your recent gay marriage comments I say lets just let bygones be bygones and move forward from there, big guy.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 4:11 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


Keith is really interesting---the Angry American I think is an anolomy, and an anolmy constructed out of anger--and i think anger is as legitimate a reaction as anything else--I will go on record as understanding both Sontag' and Keith's reaction--though I am closer to Sontag.

I like Keith, he (like Shelton, really) is one of those artists who argues in favour of a radical inclusiveness in country music (I Love This Bar) and works mostly in favour of pleasure unmediated by convention (the basically pro adultery song What Stays in Mexico)--he is being ironic here, but also talking about genuinely how much he loves drinking (and by extension fucking) I like country music that is unapologetic about how much it loves drinking (and by extension fucking)

Shelton's new album has a song with the line Raise that Red Dixie Cup, w/i the same tradition.
posted by PinkMoose at 4:51 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


What were his "recent gay marriage comments"?
posted by Flunkie at 4:55 PM on October 11, 2011


Toby Keith weighs in on gay marriage and DADT.
posted by auto-correct at 4:59 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


yep, just regular old patriotism. that's probably why the song is subtitled "the angry american." comparing the september 11th attacks to a bar fight is entirely appropriate and level headed and just shows love for our country. obviously.

oh, wait, no it doesn't. he's a hateful fuck.


yeah, being angry when your country is attacked makes you a bigot, of course
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:14 PM on October 11, 2011


I don't like having beer in plastic cups, but I do like that it prevents glassings
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:15 PM on October 11, 2011


In spite of the staggering amount of valid reasons not to like this song / video, I was won over from the point when he uses the "loser" hand gesture to punctuate "lucky." And the gay marriage / DADT thing means I don't have to be conflicted with being charmed.
posted by Morrigan at 5:19 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


he can be angry all he wants and i can think that he's hateful for it, especially since the song wasn't released until 2002 and he still performs it. add to that his comments and actions about natalie maines (a feud that started in 2003).

i am happy to see his comments about gay marriage. i'm not all anger and rawr about TK - i do find this funny and cute.
posted by nadawi at 5:31 PM on October 11, 2011


Solo Red is the new Pepsi Blue.
posted by sanko at 5:51 PM on October 11, 2011


I live in a college town an this song is going to ruin my life.
posted by cmoj at 6:07 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Solo cups are especially great if you live in an area where people like to "dip", i.e., chew tobacco. These people need to walk around at a party with two identical cups. As the night wears on, the likelihood of someone confusing their beer cup for their dip cup approaches 1. And then hilarity ensues.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:26 PM on October 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


It's interesting that you're so very angry with metaphor.
All he did was write a song, in the wake of a hugely inpactful event, that echoed the emotions of many, if not most Americans."

NOT MOST.


Deathaliciousm, either you live in a different country also called "America", or your section is waaaay different than Pennsylvania. Almost everyone I heard shortly after 9/11 was seething with eagerness for revenge.

Which saddened me. And I was sadly proven right: it led us into darkness, and more death.


oh, wait, no it doesn't. he's a hateful fuck.

yeah, being angry when your country is attacked makes you a bigot, of course


Lovecraft In Brooklyn, you're the only one suggesting bigotry. He was accused of being a hateful fuck, not a hateful bigot.
posted by IAmBroom at 6:28 PM on October 11, 2011


Lovecraft In Brooklyn, you're the only one suggesting bigotry. He was accused of being a hateful fuck, not a hateful bigot.

Ya know, I reckon a bit of hatred is justified RIGHT AFTER YOUR COUNTRY IS ATTACKED. Or YOUR CITY.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:30 PM on October 11, 2011


I didn't realize they attacked Nashville on 9/11, too. And come to think of it, my city was attacked, too. I literally watched the mushroom cloud of smoke and fire rising over the Pentagon as I drove over the Key Bridge in Arlington that morning, and I don't recall having a single urge to write any jingoistic song like that. But then, country western is not my oeuvre.
posted by crunchland at 6:47 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


I didn't realize they attacked Nashville on 9/11, too. And come to think of it, my city was attacked, too. I literally watched the mushroom cloud of smoke and fire rising over the Pentagon as I drove over the Key Bridge in Arlington that morning, and I don't recall having a single urge to write any jingoistic song like that. But then, country western is not my oeuvre.

I yelled and raged and frothed and swore for awhile.

And then I found out about 9/11.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:27 PM on October 11, 2011


I'll never smoke weed with Willie again was a birthday present to Willie Nelson for his 70th birthday from Toby Keith.
posted by Sailormom at 7:39 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


^that i like (and is the contents of my "sweet and funny" link). i should have named it better.
posted by nadawi at 7:49 PM on October 11, 2011


^That was the only Toby Keith song I knew before I saw this thread.
posted by Sailormom at 7:57 PM on October 11, 2011


Ministry's first album was a weak, color-by-numbers pop dance album. If Jorgensen can get a pass for his subsequent work, surely we can forgive Toby Keith.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:05 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


I didn't realize they attacked Nashville on 9/11, too.
posted by crunchland at 8:47 PM on October 11


I don't know about Keith specifically, but an awful lot of the celebrities who ostensibly live here in Nashville do so on paper only (for the lack of state income tax). It's entirely possible for a country music star to feel quite a bit of kinship with NYC without officially living there.

I hate the song, but I understand where it comes from, especially knowing that his father, a vet, had just died.
posted by joannemerriam at 8:09 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


he's a through and through oklahoma boy. i would be surprised to learn he felt any kinship with NYC pre-911.
posted by nadawi at 8:11 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh god this is the same guy who did that cover of "Mockingbird" with this daughter that they would play AT LEAST TWICE EVERY NIGHT IN OUR BOWLING LEAGUE DON'T ENCOURAGE THIS MAN PLEASE!
posted by Lucinda at 8:15 PM on October 11, 2011


i would be surprised to learn he felt any kinship with NYC pre-911.

Other than, you know, the fact that he's an American and NYC is in America. And, you know, the fact that 9/11 didn't only happen in NYC.
posted by The World Famous at 8:19 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


i was responding specifically to Or YOUR CITY and the conversation that ensued after that. i wasn't saying only NYC can be upset about 9/11. that's why i specifically said pre-911.
posted by nadawi at 8:23 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Think about it logically: America was attacked. He lived in America. Wouldn't he want to remove the threat to the place he lived?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:24 PM on October 11, 2011


I'm not trying to be fighty, nadawi, and I'm sorry if my comment came across that way.

I was in DC on 9/11. I knew people who died in the Pentagon. And there is more to my own 9/11 story that I don't feel like sharing here. But I have never shared the sentiments of Toby Keith's song.

Still, though, I can understand why someone would feel that way, even if they didn't live in NYC, DC, or PA at the time. I hate that song. But I get it.
posted by The World Famous at 8:30 PM on October 11, 2011


i guess i can understand the passion under which it was created. i don't understand recording it and i don't understand performing it a decade later* unless you think that sort of hatred is appropriate. if you do, i think you're a hateful fuck.


2008 "never apologize for being patriotic! fuck 'em!"
posted by nadawi at 8:37 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


i guess i can understand the passion under which it was created. i don't understand recording it and i don't understand performing it a decade later* unless you think that sort of hatred is appropriate. if you do, i think you're a hateful fuck.


It's one of his popular songs. I'm pretty sure most of the good breakup songs are written about exes the singer doesn't care about anymore. And I'm sure he's still proud of America, and still against it's enemies. And America CAN kick anyone's ass. A fun way to win arguments is to point out that the only reason the smug mofo laughing at you is alive right now is because America doesn't care enough to turn their country into a thin sheet of glass.

I'm a bit touchy because on 9/11 my college classmates were calling for peace and apology. I was one of the lone voices of rage.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:39 PM on October 11, 2011


well bless your heart.
posted by nadawi at 8:41 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


he's a through and through oklahoma boy. i would be surprised to learn he felt any kinship with NYC pre-911.

As a fellow through and through Oklahoma boy, I remember there being a hell of a lot of people that felt closer to NYC than ever that day. OKC bombing and all...
posted by fishmasta at 9:30 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


"None of that lefty shit out there tonight, Kris."
"What the fuck did you just say to me?"
"You heard me."
"Don't turn your back to me, boy."
"I don't want any problems, Kris -- I just want you to tone it down."
"You ever worn your county's uniform?"
"What?"
"Don't 'What?' me, boy! You heard the question. You just don't like the answer. I asked, 'Have you ever served your country?' The answer is no, you have not. Have you ever killed another man? Huh? Have you ever taken another man's life and then cashed the check your country gave you for doing it? No, you have not. So shut the fuck up! You don't know what the hell you are talking about!"

True, even if it didn't happen. Fuck Toby Keith.
posted by lost_cause at 9:32 PM on October 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


"Have you ever been attacked by vampires, Toby? Have you ever lived for 30 years training and arming the one man who could fight those vampires, only to die when he leaves on a mission?"
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:35 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Finally, something to make fans of Insane Clown Posse feel a sense of hauteur.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 9:36 PM on October 11, 2011


Finally, something to make fans of Insane Clown Posse feel a sense of hauteur.

Somebody besides Graveyard Train needs to combine the two. Horror-country is awesome.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:42 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Last I heard, Toby Keith is a Democrat. More.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 10:25 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


a democrat who is "ashamed" of his party and endorsed GW.
posted by nadawi at 10:45 PM on October 11, 2011


Hateful Fuck or no, this song is adorbs.

(I would go with Simpleminded Fuck, probably)
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:20 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


All of them seem to be filled with water.
posted by fullerine at 2:44 AM on October 12, 2011


"Somebody's sexual preference is, like, who cares?"

I lift my cup to this, red Solo cup.
posted by chavenet at 3:51 AM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Lovecraft In Brooklyn: "I'm a bit touchy because on 9/11 my college classmates were calling for peace and apology. I was one of the lone voices of rage."

Good thing that rage thing ended up winning over the day though, right? Turned out to work so well.
posted by Deathalicious at 5:21 AM on October 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


Who the hell 9/11'd my thread?

Sigh.
posted by Think_Long at 6:08 AM on October 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


Toby Keith is fifty years old. If you are fifty years old and like going to keg parties you need an INTERVENTION.

Exactly what you need if you are Hank Williams Junior's age and all your rowdy friends are coming over to watch Monday Night Football with you. I guess these guys were too busy going to keg parties to get around to reading Symposium.
posted by bukvich at 7:38 AM on October 12, 2011


It's like Tom T. Hall for the 21st century.

Yeah, I dunno. Faster Horses is still my favorite country song of all time.
posted by jeffamaphone at 8:06 AM on October 12, 2011


Um, back to the song...it was cute. The video was cute too, though it lost points for including Jeff Dunham. Earned them right back with Sammy Hagar and Larry Bird, though.

As problematic as that 9/11 song was (I still think it wasn't as manipulative or disgusting as this one, which I swear to God was a slow dance at one of my last high school dances. In 2003.), I still can't bring myself to dislike Toby Keith. I don't know why. Maybe it's because he's willing to make fun of himself - see the song he recorded for Stephen Colbert's Christmas special.

Let's enjoy the fun stuff, I suppose.
posted by HostBryan at 8:36 AM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


As problematic as that 9/11 song was (I still think it wasn't as manipulative or disgusting as this one

I'll see your Alan Jackson and raise you a Dennis Madalone.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:38 AM on October 12, 2011


I assumed he made both of these songs in an effort to make money -- either from kickbacks from a plastic cup company, or jingoistic rubes who listen to falsely patriotic songs.
posted by crunchland at 12:11 PM on October 12, 2011


>Toby Keith is fifty years old. If you are fifty years old and like going to keg parties you need an INTERVENTION.

i turn 50 in a couple of months. that's exactly how my party's going to be.
posted by lester at 12:13 PM on October 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


(I really never want to be the person who points out these things. But seeing as no one else has... I gotta ask I am the only one who finds it somehow surprising (even in a country music video) to see a production with a cast of a hundred people or so where, I think, every single person is white? Or is it just a given that that's what "country" means?)
posted by ManInSuit at 7:54 PM on October 12, 2011


ManInSuit: There's one black guy in this video. Maybe it's a fun "Where's Waldo" type deal?
posted by Grimgrin at 9:37 PM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


gompa: Warm Bud Light probably does taste better out of a red Solo cup, because they're made of basically the same materials.

You say that as if corn-based plastics were a bad thing.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:22 PM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Grimgrin: I thought maybe I missed him. I'll look again!
posted by ManInSuit at 3:15 PM on October 13, 2011


Slate: History of the Illinois-based Red Solo Cup
posted by crunchland at 11:35 AM on October 14, 2011


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