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Classic Rewind: Loretta Lynn – ‘Fist City’


7 responses to “Classic Rewind: Loretta Lynn – ‘Fist City’

  1. Stan Zorin April 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    A dog resting behind Loretta gives this taped TV show a real country feel.

  2. luckyoldsun April 23, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Loretta seems to be having such a good time here that she redeems this “ultimate white trash hall-of-fame” song as all being in good fun.

    • Ken April 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      This song doesn’t even come close to the “ultimate white trash hall-of-fame-song.” Rather it’s a very clever song along the subject lines of Loretta’s other hits from that era including “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”

      “Fist City” was written and recorded before the “women’s liberation” movement had reached critical mass. Loretta refusing to play the victim and willing to fight for her man. She broke new ground for female country singers by expanding the topics they could include in their songs. Her recorded performance of this song was feisty because she had written the song about a woman who was actually making a play for her husband Doolittle. The recording was extremely well produced by Owen Bradley featuring the Anita Kerr singers with superb lead and steel guitar licks from Grady Martin and Pete Drake. The recording concludes with a unique delayed echo effect on the guitars. Not at all “trashy’ sounding to me.

      Your comment is so ridiculous it’s laughable. If a woman warning another woman away from her man is considered “white trash” then that would place a lot of the women in America in that category. But then again most of the conclusions that you draw are seldom based in reality. Perhaps you’ve not noticed but almost none of your comments ever elicit agreement from others. That should tell you something. If the genre of music featured on this blog is not to your liking why not find one that includes the stuff that you do like (whatever the hell that is)
      That’s why I don’t bother with blogs about current so-called country music. It’s all crap to me so why bother. Granted not all of the music from the classic era of country music is worthwhile but to constantly throw stones at all of it demonstrates a fundamental lack of appreciation, knowledge or understanding of the genre. A critical thoughtful evaluation of music is always interesting to ponder but snarky comments are just boring and tedious.

      • luckyoldsun April 25, 2016 at 1:18 am

        Loretta herself refers to the other woman as trash right near the beginning of the song. And sorry, a knock-down hair-pulling brawl between a couple of women over a man is the epitome trashy behavior. Anyway, as I noted in my comment, Loretta’s pretty tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing in this live performance. One gets the sense Loretta would be as likely to lift another woman off the ground by her hair as Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley would be to throw their boss out a window or overturn a city truck in the mayor’s yard.
        Anyway, what’s boring and tedious is your obsessive hatred and need to personalize everything. Heck, you’re the guy who condemned Alan Jackson as “totally classless”–so I’m in good company.

        • Ken April 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

          From Loretta’s description of the incident that led to her inspiration for “Fist City” I wouldn’t doubt her ability to take that woman to task for pursuing her husband. At one point early in their marriage Doolittle came home drunk. Loretta was so mad that she threw a punch at him so hard that she knocked out his two front teeth. I would not underestimate her. Nor would I categorize that behavior as purely “white trash” as it is a function of passion and not intelligence or social status. Very rich women with significant social status on those housewife reality TV shows are a long way from “white trash” but engage in pretty bad behavior occasionally getting physical.

          Your statement “what’s boring and tedious is your obsessive hatred and need to personalize everything” is ridiculous. YOU made the factually incorrect comments and I called you out. In the future perhaps you might think your comments through before hitting the “post comment” button but based on your history I sincerely doubt it. More than a few folks that visit this board regularly have told me how tired they are of reading your ill-conceived and snarky comments so I’m not alone.

          My comment about Alan Jackson had do with the words used in one of his songs. It was not a general statement about him as a person so get your facts straight if that’s even possible. Not to mention that it has nothing to do with this discussion. Whenever you can’t support your odd contentions you attack the messenger. As I stated in my previous post why do you come here to constantly throw stones at a genre and artists that you obviously don’t enjoy?

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