Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tammy Wynette - Tuesday Tunes, vol 87

For many years, I've wanted to pick a bone or two with Tammy Wynette.  Rather than bombard you with a flowery introduction, I'll just come right out and say it: Tammy Wynette released a song called D.I.V.O.R.C.E., then released a tune called Stand By Your Man.  All in the same year, 1968.


She did.  Somehow she thinks (thought) that you could do both the divorce thing and the stand-by-your-man thing.  She lectured us all about putting up with our men running amok, but called it quits with a pathetic divorce song – a song that required the spelling-it-out so the kids wouldn't know.

Now why the aich do I care?  I don't really.  Except for when I hear that D.I.O.V.R.C.E song.  For when I hear that song, I always insist on barking "How can Tammy get a way with a Stand By Yer Man song in addition to a D.I.V.O.R.C.E song?  How can she do that?!  It's just plain wrong.  Not to mention the poor woman was married five times.  FIVE!  That's just plain wrong too.  What does she think marriage is?  A piece of paper that you sign?"

As an aside I always get a chuckle when I remember ol' Hillary proclaiming that she's "not some Tammy Wynette standing by [her] man."  Um, Hillary?  Tammy, with her five divorces, didn't really stand by her man(s).  Just sayin'.  Perhaps Hillary needs a staffer to feed her with an accurate representation of pop (country) culture?

The D.I.V.O.R.C.E. song made its grand entrance at Vera's house last Saturday night.  In customary rabid fashion, I began my signature "Hypocrisy of Tammy Wynette" diatribe.  Vera told me to shut up and blog about it.  So that's why today's Tuesday Tunes are Tammy Wynette's:

Stand By Your Man

Irregardless of the hypocrisy, they're great tunes anyways. (That was for you Jenn.  Grin.)

So good are these tunes, that they've been covered multiple times.  My personal favorite?  Stand by Your Man - Mot├Ârhead



Jessica said...

Once the holidays roll around could you do a similar post about Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand having Christmas albums? 'Cause that shiz blows my mind.

Lynnie said...

What Jessica said.

Jenn said...

You? Are funny, funny girl!