"We're Ashamed The President Is From Texas" And Five Other Acts Of Career Suicide
Emily Robison and Martie Maguire's new project, Court Yard Hounds, will release their self-titled debut LP May 4 on Columbia Records and appear at the Americana Music Association's SXSW showcase at Antone's March 18. According to Columbia's own press release, "Realizing that the Dixie Chicks' hiatus would last longer than originally anticipated, the sisters dove head first into recording what is now the debut album from the Court Yard Hounds."
Rocks Off decided it was high time we thumbed through the archives and see what other acts of career hari-kiri - or at least near-hari-kiri - we could find. From what we can tell, favorably comparing your popularity to Our Lord and Savior, being sued by your own record company and marrying your 13-year-old cousin are all less damaging than speaking your mind against what would turn out to be one of the most unpopular presidencies, and one of the most ill-advised military actions, in U.S. history.
Oh, right - and installing hidden cameras in the women's restroom of your restaurant so you can watch ladies pee at your leisure. Some country we live in, ain't it?
5. Bob Dylan
When Dylan brought an electric blues band to back him at the Newport Folk Festival in July 1965, it became one of the defining moments of his career. Their brief performance touched off howls of protest from the audience, although accounts differ over whether they were upset about the presence of the demon electricity or the brevity of the performance. To the Band's Robbie Robertson, it was much ado about nothing: "It seemed kind of a funny statement to me at the time, that somebody's gone electric," he told Dylan biographer Howard Sounes in 2001's Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan. "It was like, 'Jeez, somebody's just bought a television.'"