Lost Classics Of Right Wing Folk Music

CONELRAD keeps alive the memory of one of the strangest of pop music subgenres–conservatism-themed folk music acts of the 1960s who were promoted in an unsuccessful attempt to counter the Bob Dylans and Peter Paul & Marys of the scene. Perhaps most fascinating is Janet Greene, a former children’s television personality in Ohio who was discovered by the right wing organization Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, which had Greene record a series of propagandistic songs and put her in the spotlight as the “anti-Joan Baez”.  The most entertaining work in her catalogue is “Poor Left Winger”, a tale of woe concerning a naive girl seduced by a communist beatnik “bearded singer” mocked for his “espresso”, “demonstrations”, and dirty shirt:

  • Drinky McGee

    Paging Bob Roberts.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Classics is a bit a stretch, don’t you think?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Real music, like any type of authentic art, comes from an intensely personal space where social proprieties carry only a peripheral importance–when they aren’t downright antithetical to the enterprise.

      This is why there are no funny conservative comedians.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Got that right. At best, conservative comedians are caustic.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          cerebral caustic?

        • Nunzio X

           But are they highly acidic, or highly alkali?

          • Anarchy Pony

            When it’s chewing through your flesh, does it matter? 

            I suppose if we were being literal it would matter about how you counteract it, but we’re not.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    “You’re not making Christianity better, you’re making Rock Music worse” Hank Hill

    • DeepCough


  • Honu

    Sounds like the least hip, overly christian girl that got made fun of in public school is venting her frustrations for never being asked to hang out with the cool kids and party.  At least she had a good voice in that sterile, formal, upright, pasty white bread, 1950’s sound, way.  Awesomely bad.  Thanks Disinfo.com!

  • Haystack

    Maybe someday conservatives will produce a brand of pop culture that the left feels the need to mimic. Maybe. 

    • Calypso_1

      I feel a disturbance in the force.

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

       Metallica & Ted Nuggent

      • AngantyrTheKing

        Ted Nuggent sucks. And Metallic are just an overrated thrash band, IMO.

  • chinagreenelvis

    I stopped listening when she pronounced it “Expresso.”

  • JaceD

    Having not read the blurb before playing the song, I thought it started with; “I’m just a whore left winger”.
    I love 1950’s American music.. Or perhaps I’ve played Fallout too much. Mmh.

  • DeepCough

    Remember that poorly conceived comedy show on Fox News called the
    1/2 Hour News Hour Show?


  • http://egregores.blogspot.com Apuleius Platonicus

     Hmmmm. “Poor Left-Winger” actually sounds a lot like Dylan’s own “Like A Rolling Stone”!