In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm (the prequel to Iraq War: The Neverending Story), "Rock The Casbah" became a massive hit with U.S. military forces. Popular U.S. Army DJ Rick Yanku frequently played the song during his morning radio show from his base in Saudi Arabia, and the soldiers took the Clash's mention of dropping bombs "between the minarets" as a literal pro-war, anti-Arab statement -- again proving that musicology should really part of the core syllabus at West Point. After the war, the conservative magazine National Review included it in their "Top 50 Conservative Songs of All Time" list. We assume the remainder was country.
However, someone wasn't a big fan of the song's resurging popularity: the Clash. The band hated that they'd provided the unofficial anthem for invading military forces, which frontman Joe Strummer called "just typical and disgusting." Being the hard-rocking liberal pacifists they were, the Clash never meant "Rock The Casbah" to vilify Arabs or serve as a call for violent conflict. The song was intended as a middle finger to Iran for banning Western music after the Islamic Revolution. It's all about the power of artistic expression and common people resisting the oppressive militarism of the 1 percent trying to keep them down. You know, typical Republican fanfare.
Harry Styles' "Sign Of The Times" Is About A Dying Mother
At first glance, Harry Styles' 2017 hit "Sign Of The Times" seems a bit light on meaning. There's a mandatory "baby, it'll be alright" pop ballad insert, and a lot of references to bullets. It's probably about shooting your baby, but like ... somewhere nonfatal. That's our theory, but there are others. Some think it's a political protest, while others believe it's a gay anthem. But none of them are right, because it's about dead moms.