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Classic Rewind: Moe Bandy – ‘Americana’

8 responses to “Classic Rewind: Moe Bandy – ‘Americana’

  1. Luckyoldsun February 27, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Very upbeat song from Moe–a “Norman Rockwell Painting” set to words and music.
    Just a decade later, Alan Jackson had a surprisingly dour and depressing take on the subject!

    • Ken February 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

      Once again you completely miss the point – but that’s not unusual for you.

      Moe’s song indeed celebrates a classic and idealized view of America through the lens of a small town. However Alan’s 1999 song deals an entirely different issue. If you find it “dour and depressing” it is because it is true. Large corporations HAVE adversely affected American life & culture. By the late 1990’s many of the little towns that Moe sang about no longer existed. Stores and businesses were closed as local factories were shuttered. Jobs and plants were exported to countries with cheap labor that did not require companies to pay benefits. Although he does not mention it by name Alan is obviously referring to Wal-Mart that has put thousands of small stores out of business. His point is that the “little man” cannot compete with “big money” and ruthless corporate greed. But that is also the fault of American’s that would rather have cheap goods than support small businesses run by the “little man.” Just look at how few mom & pop appliance stores are in business today compared to 20 or 30 years ago. But considering most average Americans have had no real wage growth for decades you can’t fault them for wanting – and needing – to stretch their dollars.

      The irony is that in 1988 when Moe’s song became a hit rust belt cities were already being devastated by massive factory and steel plant closings. The “Americana” Moe sings of was already gone for many folks that found themselves out of work with no hope of getting jobs with comparable salaries or benefits. The 1980’s was a miserable decade for those in the rust belt due to terrible economic policies that brought in cheap foreign cars and cheap foreign steel. They have never recovered.

      Three decades later the 1% continues to flourish and their lives today are better than ever. They even got HUGE tax cuts while the “little man” got the crumbs off the table and have now even lost significant tax deductions! More than ever America today is a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Alan’s song is as true today as it was 20 years ago.

  2. Paul W Dennis February 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I am nowhere near the top 1% but the tax cuts helped us enormously, plus the economic stimulus created will help the economy over the long run.

    Small towns were destined to die off no matter who the president or administration. Mom & Pop Appliance Stores & Repair Shops have failed because the equipment has become too complex for the ol’ shade tree mechanic to fix. Many small businesses failed because of union greed and corruption.

    Both parties are corrupt – it is just a matter of whose ox is being gored. The only person out there who would make a good president is ME – and I don’t want the job !

    Getting back to music, I have really enjoyed this series on Moe Bandy – I just wish more of his recording were available on CD (I am not really a fan of mp3s). I’ve always regard Moe as a solid journeyman performer, like Billy Walker, Charlie Walker, Cal Smith, et al, who put out many listenable albums – not everything great, but absolutely nothing I hate

    • Ken February 28, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      I too am nowhere near the 1% and myself, my wife and most of my friends have realized less than $100 a month from the tax cuts. That’s a little over $1000 a year. That will impact our lives very little compared to the hundreds of millions that will go to the top 1%. The public has been conned by the biggest con man of all time,

      To be clear the “trickle down” economic theory failed to work during the 1980’s and there is no evidence to believe it will work today. Corporations will take their windfall and buy back their own stock in order to drive up the price of their shares. Or they will invest it – probably overseas. Some gave out one time bonuses for a good P.R. story but notice that none have offered actual salary increases. Make no mistake corporate greed is alive and well.

      Sorry but I do not agree with your assessment for the failure of all small businesses. Some may have been victims of technology but most were pushed out by evil corporations as were our factory jobs. And America was stronger when unions guaranteed higher salaries & benefits (including pensions) and held corporations accountable. My dad was a proud union member and our family was the beneficiary. Unions set the floor for wages and that helped all workers. The evil corporations hated unions because they were forced to pay their fair share. Today wages are stagnant yet corporations report record profits. Doesn’t seem fair does it?.

      Alan Jackson got it right – God help the “Little Man.”

      • Paul W Dennis February 28, 2018 at 11:33 pm

        Trickle Down did not work because Tip O’Neill and his henchmen did everything they could to ensure that it didn’t. Trickle down has never really been given a fair shot whereas the quackery of Keynesian economic theory has been given many opportunities and (other during the brief interlude between the great 1963 Democratic Tax cut and the escalation of LBJ’s war), it has never come close to working in the modern communications age.

        I will say no more on this matter here

        • Ken March 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

          That is the one of the many excuses used to defend the completely flawed “trickle down” theory. Most credible economists that have analyzed it in the years since agree that it did not work because the basic premise is flawed. Giving huge tax cuts to corporations or business owners does not make them more benevolent. Corporations are no less greedy today than they were 30 years ago. In fact they have gotten worse. The fact that the tax cuts were only supported by only one political party tells you all that you need to know. They were specifically designed to benefit rich donors not the “little man.”

  3. Luckyoldsun March 1, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    The Jackson song was powerful, but I thought that the constant, repeat lyrical reference to the owners of “Johnson’s Hardware,” “Morgan’s Jewelry,” “Lee King’s Apothecary” et al as “Little men”–even though it was meant to be sympathetic–started to sound patronizing, and even disrespectful. The Main Street store owners were pillars of the community in their time, and were not “little men.”
    Nonetheless, the song was certainly more real than Bandy’s fairy tale vision.
    Hey, Norman Rockwell’s paintings were already anachronistic when they first appeared.
    To be fair, the decimation of Main Street probably accelerated even in the near-decade interim between when these two songs were issued.

    • Ken March 2, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Your analysis of Alan’s lyrics is completely absurd! Only through your oddball lens could his song be interpreted in that way. Alan was comparing the “little man” (average person) to those with big money that wield significant power and influence. How on earth could you possibly misinterpret that?

      If you could please post your mailing address I’ll be happy to set up a Go Fund Me page for you so that we can all contribute to buy you a clue.

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