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Sunday Song Suggestions #16…

Trashy Women Confederate Railroad – 1993

We’re back to the stetsons and spurs for today’s song.

Trashy Women is taken from Confederate Railroad’s self-titled debut album, and like a lot of country music at that time, it’s very much tongue in cheek and every bit as politically incorrect as the title suggests. The title alone probably fingers it as the kind of song that would not get much positive mainstream success if it was to be released today.

But having said that, Trashy Women is a great example of what I love about this early nineties window of country-rock music, because the performers knew how to present a joke, and their fans knew to take it as such. The modern country scene has become so sterile that you just don’t see this kind of thing anymore, and the world at large has its head so far up its own ass it can’t seem to hear the laughter.

You only need to listen to the song with an open mind to realise that it’s as inoffensive as the title is inflammatory. And besides, it’s hard to go all social justice warrior on something that has as catchy a chorus as this.

Sunday Song Suggestions #4…

Hard to Say – Sawyer Brown – 1993

In the early nineties there was a cable channel called CMT – Country Music Television – and if I wasn’t watching anything else, CMT would be on in the corner of the room.

Country music had moved on from when it used to be known as country ‘n’ western, and everyone wore stetsons and spurs. Sure, you still got that, but in the early nineties it was trying to align itself more with modern pop stylings.

Sawyer Brown was my favourite band in the revitalised genre, and they often had a very tongue-in-cheek approach to their songs. Their tenth studio offering, The Outskirts of Town, from 1993, is the only country album I have ever bought. Hard to Say is not their best track – it’s not even the best single released from this album – but it did play on high rotation at the time, and it reminds me of being a teenager.

…and you have to admit, Mark Miller is wearing a fantastic suit.