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Did not know they were still together.  New stuff sounds pretty good and rockin'.  Always love Aldrich's playing.  Adding Blas Elias is a stellar move.




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The song was a combination of political satire and sexual humour, using nursery rhyme-style lyrics. The protagonist, John Wayne, is having sexual intercourse with a Native American female. When Wayne's bandolier restricts their intimacy, she suggests he removes it. He refuses and suggests he sodomises her instead:

So she says to him - Take off that thing, It's getting right between us.
Now listen honey I can't do that, not even for you my sweetness.
Now Big John, if that's a fact, then how'd you propose we do our act?
If that's the way it's gonna be, get the hell out of my tepee.
Now speckled hen just stop your squawkin', Big Bad Rooster's doin' the talking.
I know a trick we ought to try, turn right over - you'll know why.

This surreal image is intended as a comment on the treatment of indigenous people during the European colonisation, and was written after Jeremy Healy read the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by historian Dee Brown. Wayne represents the European colonist, while his partner is the Native American people.

It was an allegory for treatment of which the white settlers used, but on the Native American Indians. However, I wrote it like John Wayne having anal sex with a squaw. I thought this was hilarious!

— Jeremy Healy of Haysi Fantayzee[2]

Unusually for a song with explicit sexual content in the 1980s, the song escaped being banned from broadcast by the BBC, was playlisted on BBC Radio 1 and the band performed the song twice on Top of the Pops and on Saturday morning children's television. The song, with its "Shotgun, gimme gimme low down fun boy, okay, showdown" intro was taken to be a nonsensical novelty song about cowboys.

People kept saying we were writing nonsense lyrics but we didn't explain anything because, if they knew, it wouldn't get played.

— Kate Garner of Haysi Fantayzee[3]



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On 3/15/2019 at 2:02 PM, Panzer Division Marduk said:



excuse me?! why aren't we best friends?? 


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tonight however, something lighter. Something sombre...

I say goodbye to my sweet Dane of 9 years. He predated my marriage and kids... he was my best friend


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6 hours ago, Apache 51 said:



Way back in high school when this was new-ish, they had a tape of maybe 10 or so songs that played over and over in the cafeteria. With 3,000+ kids in the school and no leaving school for lunch unless you were a senior, there would be over 500 in attendance every lunch period. When they played this song, many would join in the "dooot-doos". Something one never gets out of their brain, 

I always wondered about the guitar solo on this one. This is before Mick Taylor and there is no way in heck that Richards could play that fast. I used to think that the Stones did what the Beatles did on While My Guitar Gently Weeps with a ghost player (Clapton in that case). If you listen close enough, it sounds a bit like Jimmy Page, or at least some of the bends (compare to Heartbreaker) and some of the mistakes. Never heard anything about this however and everyone thinks I'm nuts but that is colored by them thinking that anyway.  Anyone here ever have the same thought?


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