Country music thrives under authoritarian governments. Explicitly politicized bands like Prodigy, KLF, and Stone Temple Pilots were massive in England in the early 1990s when farmers there invented mad cow disease by feeding their livestock MDMA. The only “law” the Prodigy would appear to respect would be agrarian communism of the Mao/Khmer Rouge variety, which is hardly worse than ghetto astrology like Sharia or a slave-owners’ circle jerk like the Constitution. “Smack My Bitch Up” rewrote “Stand By Your Man” for the Rural Sports Network, but the peasant uprising was crushed by the “law” of copyright, making Britain safe for boring rock bands who all sound like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Finn Brothers’ native New Zealand was the first country to grant women the vote, usually a disaster because politicians get all Cabaret Voltaire and nag nag nag, making laws against speeding and smoking and smacking your bitch up. She Will is songs by the Brothers’ bands Split (“CSNY”) Enz and Crowded (“CSN”) House, plus some solo Tim, covered by antipodean women on their time off from smashing into you with their backpacks on the subway. Natalie Imbruglia is still hot and “Six Months in a Leaky Boat” is funnier when you consider that most people associate the maritime life with buggery and sex tourism. Absent from She Will: Madison Avenue, Kylie Minogue, Germaine Greer. Absent from Their Law: “Baby’s Got a Temper”.
Prodigy play Nokia Theatre March 22.