This week's guest artists are the Dixie Chicks, a solid, best-selling combo that has long since crossed over from country to mainstream pop. The gals--Martie Erwin Maguire, Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines--came out of Dallas in the late 1980s and, after much toil, hit it huge in the late '90s with their Wide Open Spaces and Fly LPs, both of which hit #1 on the country charts and landed in the Top 5 on the LP charts.
Ten days before the United States went into Iraq in 2003, Maines denounced the pending invasion before a live crowd in London. Her statement led to a stateside firestorm, and the Chicks were widely denounced by many of their culturally conservative fans. The gals followed up the whole controversy with their pointed 2007 single, "Not Ready To Make Nice."
We're pleased to welcome these great American artists to Framed, and warmly invite your thoughtful comments.
Important blog note! Well, here we go again, readers. In the wake of our recent, massively successful tour of the U.S., in which we spoke with everyday Americans about their caption needs, we've been summoned by the world's two most powerful people to renew and expand that effort.
In a joint phone call, President Obama and Justin Bieber explained to us that now, more than ever, the English-speaking world needs Framed. "Much as Americans flocked to motion pictures during the Great Depression, our economically-pressed citizenry has turned to Framed during this troubled time," said Mr. Obama. To which Mr. Bieber added: "Do some more of my videos."
The upshot? We've been ordered back on tour by Messrs. Obama and Bieber, and will be doing a USO-styled show with a massive entourage that includes Gummo, The Sentient Bubble, Wall Girl, Cleavage Girl, Dealie Crankerson, Hose-O, Glurpo and--courtesy of Mr. Bieber--the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In addition to songs and comedy sketches by all, and lap dances courtesy of the Girls Wall and Cleavage, audiences will be treated to a presentation by Gummo on the poetry of Bubbylonia, while Jim the Bird does a flyover.
This once-in-a-lifetime event will, sadly, call us away from our weekly caption duties for some weeks. We'll be back here again in three weeks, and promise to give you a detailed recap of this legendary show. Mr. Obama has vowed to look for a fill-in, so you might see another name in our place for a bit. If so, we'd like to count on your robust support and, as always, your congenial and articulate posts.
See you soon!1 - "Oh, good, here's the number: 1-866-KOR-DOSH!" 2 - "Snack vision" is only one of the Chicks' many powers 3 - Sunday-go-to-meetin' Gummo may be the greatest Gummo of them all! 4 - You'd think it's hard to survive on nothing but fish hurled by your trainer, but it's really not! 5 - One would fiddle! One would fly! And one would talk the other two into posing nude! 6 - As suspected, the Dixie Chicks are outstanding in their field. 7 - "'We desperately want this war, this violence--and we're pleased as punch that the President of the United States is from Texas.' Hey, I think I was misquoted!" 8 - "Now to wish Bush into the cornfield!" 9 - "But what if I actually don't have a mouth?" 10 - "So it's true... Aquaman's 'fish powers' are pretty much useless!" 11 - Too late, she realized she was talking with Inhalo! 12 - "See? My mastery of the TV Guide crossword is now complete!"