Texas Music

6 Musicians Who Messed With Texas

Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day a bunch of old white politicians and landowners declared this part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas to be its own sovereign republic in a cabin near Washington-on-the-Brazos. For some inexplicable reason, Rocks Off does not have the day off today.

But for every Texan whose head is swelled with pride today, there are probably 10 outside the state who think we are a bunch of loudmouth braggarts whose ego writes checks their actions can't cash. For the record, Rocks Off has no idea what these people are talking about, but these six musicians can perhaps be forgiven for thinking Texas is something less than God's Country. Fools.

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6. Phil Collins: God bless him, Collins' is rapidly becoming better known as the world's No. 1 collector of Alamo-related memorabilia than as the Genesis drummer and multimillion-selling super-smooth solo artist of albums like No Jacket Required. Collins is free to spend his money as he wants to, of course, but some Texas history buffs have argued that a lot of the stuff he's been buying really belongs in a museum.

5. Revolting Cocks: Basically a louder, more depraved version of Ministry, RevCo released the throbbing slab of industrial noise "Beers, Steers & Queers" on the 1990 album of the same name. Rocks Off is guessing they took the title from Marine drill sergeant R. Lee Ermey's famous line in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket about the only things that supposedly ever came out of Texas, although he's probably not the first one who said it. Ministry/RevCo mastermind Al Jourgensen would later further extract his revenge on the Lone Star State by moving to an isolated Hill Country ranch near Marble Falls.

4. David Crosby: It is a miracle David Crosby is still alive, which the former Byrd and sometime CSNY member of the golden harmony vocals will probably be the first to tell you himself. Crosby may have the most enviable rap sheet in all of rock history, but it took the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to clean up his act for good. He served nine months of a five-year sentence in Huntsville in 1985 and 1986 after a 1982 Dallas arrest on drug and weapons charges and, as this eye-popping article recounts, put his time in the joint to good use by making mattresses.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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