Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" Everything You Dream and More

I enjoyed quite a bit of a new television station recently made available in the Rubens household this holiday season - GAC, or Great American Country. My mother would often have it on before dinner time with Charles Gibson, who is no Peter Jennings. We'd be treated to a wide array of current country hits from veejays sitting in a festively lit crèche.

This particular video caught my eye. Watch it first, and then follow the textual analysis below:

Trace Adkins
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
Songs About Me (Capitol Records)



This seems to be Mr. Adkins attempt to transcend his country stardom and become a true "gangsta." While he strives admirably he falls woefully short. Bragging about his partying, Adkins boasts of 3 am evenings tomfoolery. Pssh! If you invite any of Snoop's "bitches" they aint leavin til six in the mornin.

Mr. Adkins refrains entirely from referring to women as "bitches." The closest he comes is questioning "them britches."

The only name checking found in the song refer to "Donkey Kong," "grandma," and "grandpa," the latter two deserving of "slaps," Adkins contends. It's still unclear if "the sheriff" Adkins demands telephoned is the constabulary assassinated by Mr. Marley.

The closest Adkins gets to the misogyny and chauvinism of gangstaradom occurs at 2:05. Mr. Adkins waves The Shocker at an ascending stairwell for swinging booty.

Maybe Adkins does understand, in his own way, that why we do it is for the badonkadonk.