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Music that hasn’t aged well…

China Girl has that line about "Visions of swastikas in my head/and plans for everyone" which is a bit 😯 but then it turn out Iggy Pop that wrote that, not Bowie (It's originally from The Idiot)

I'm thinking Running Gun Blues is written from the point of view of a soldier in 'Nam, not that that excuses the choice to use a racist slur in the chorus, but y'know, context.

I count the corpses on my left, I find I'm not so tidy
So I better get away, better make it today
I've cut twenty-three down since Friday
But I can't control it, my face is drawn
My instinct still emotes it

I slash them cold, I kill them dead
I broke the g**ks, I cracked their heads
I'll bomb them out from under the beds
But now I've got the running gun blues

It seems the peacefuls stopped the war
Left generals squashed and stifled
But I'll slip out again tonight
'Cause they haven't taken back my rifle
For I promote oblivion
And I'll plug a few civilians

So there you go, it's about a Travis Bickle-type basically.


Summon for hire
Yeah, I think that's a pretty clear case where the song isn't supposed to be sympathetic to the thoughts and actions of its first-person subject, considering Bowie is generally anti-war. Still unfortunate to have the slur in there.


Let me rock you Chaugnar Faugn
Just googled the lyrics and wow that is a journey.

Most popular songs have not aged well, though. The prevalent use of the term "little girl" in songs from the 60s and 70s is icky enough without the fact that most male rock stars were taking girls as young as 13 (maybe younger)back to their hotel rooms and often doing things to them that would traumatize a grown adult.

It almost makes the obsession with age 17 by The Beatles, The Cars and Joan Jett seem quaint by comparison. Almost.
I'm not sure what to make of ABBA's "Does Your Mother Know" in that context. Is it a song about a guy pushing away an obsessed girl because she's too young, or is he simply full of himself, falsely thinking that she's interested in him?


Johnny Unusual

If you aren't paying attention, you might think "Turning Japanese" is problematic because of some sort of appropriation thing. The truth is actually... much worse. And at least three shades of "ew".