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Ted Nugent Reloads, and Lots of Gun Songs

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Wang dang sweet poontang, Ted "High on Freedom" Nugent is at it again. Displaying a shrewd knowledge of his fanbase, Rick Perry's hunting buddy debuted his new song "I Am the NRA" at the gun-lovers' annual convention earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here's a sample lyric from the NRA's brand-new theme song: "If you hate tyrants and dictators, and are ready to give freedom a whirl, Celebrate the NRA and the shot heard round the world." It should surprise no one that Nugent is now serving his fifth term on the NRA's board of directors. Stream or download the song at Nugent's Web site. (And don't forget his hunting site, either.)

"Ralph Waldo Emerson would be proud," snarks Idolator.

Imagine that - bloggers taking a potshot or two at the Nuge. I love the guy. Not just for "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever" - though that would be more than enough - but because he's crazier than a shithouse rat, and rock & roll needs more people like him. Can you imagine how boring music would be if its only social activists were people like John Mayer whining about global warming and Bono crunching a bunch of third-world debt numbers nobody understands?

Nobody has trouble understanding Uncle Ted, that's for sure. I just wish he would go all out and start kidnapping PETA and ACLU members for he and his buddies to bowhunt on his Central Texas ranch, the one that reportedly shares a property line with President Bush's Crawford compound. No kill shots, of course, but it would still make a hell of a reality show.

In honor of the Nuge's new NRA anthem, here are a few of my favorite songs about guns and the people who shoot them. (Thanks to Pop Culture Madness and a very lively discussion thread at the Guardian for the memory jog.)

Mission of Burma, "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" Cypress Hill, "Hand on the Pump" Parliament, "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" Beatles/Breeders, "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" Tom Waits, "16 Shells from a 30.06" Steve Earle, "The Devil's Right Hand" Junior Walker & the All-Stars, "Shotgun" Nancy Sinatra/Cher/Raconteurs, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" Neil Young, "Powderfinger" Filter, "Hey Man, Nice Shot" Robert Cray Band, "Smoking Gun" Tennessee Ernie Ford/Don Walser, "Shotgun Boogie" Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Saturday Night Special," "Gimme Back My Bullets," "Gimme Three Steps" Boomtown Rats, "I Don't Like Mondays" Warren Zevon, "Lawyers, Guns and Money," "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" Aerosmith, "Janie's Got a Gun" Jesus and Mary Chain, "Blues from a Gun" Offspring, "Come Out and Play" Gorillaz, "Kids With Guns" AC/DC, "Big Gun" Nine Inch Nails, "Big Man With a Big Gun" Pixies, "There Goes My Gun" M.I.A., "Paper Planes" 10cc, "Rubber Bullets" Squeeze, "Annie Get Your Gun" John Cale/Siouxsie & the Banshees, "Gun" Throwing Muses, "Bright Yellow Gun" Erykah Badu, "Mama's Gun" INXS, "Guns in the Sky" Skatalites/Specials, "Guns of Navarone" Marty Robbins, "Big Iron" Damned, "Machine Gun Etiquette" Depeche Mode, "Barrel of a Gun" Lloyd Price/Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Stagger Lee" Bob Marley/Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff" Lulu, "The Man With the Golden Gun" Jimi Hendrix, "Hey Joe," "Machine Gun" Editors, "Bullets" The Clash, "The Guns of Brixton," "Tommy Gun," "Guns on the Roof," "Washington Bullets" Art Brut, "Rusted Guns of Milan" Queens of the Stone Age, "Six Shooter" The Jam, "Eton Rifles" Bruce Springsteen, "Point Blank," "American Skin (41 Shots)" Radiohead, "Bulletproof" Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, "Big Guns" Minutemen, "Little Man With a Gun in His Hand" Gene Pitney, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" Tori Amos, "Me and a Gun" Johnny Cash, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" Rage Against the Machine, "Bullet in the Head" U2, "Bullet the Blue Sky" 10,000 Maniacs, "Gun Shy" ZZ Top, "Gun Love"

Finally, here's the Reverend Horton Heat taking us home with a little "Folsom Prison Blues." Remember, God, guns and guts make America strong! - Chris Gray

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