From the “It Isn’t Just Elvis They Say Stupid Stuff About” department:
“For the duality I mentioned earlier is really a ruse, since Kubrick has a unified field theory of the psychosexual origins of conflict which manifests itself equally in the perfect discipline and the spotlessly clean barracks of Parris Island and in the chaos, mud and blood of Hué at the time of the Tet offensive. He cleverly embeds the war culture in the US, as represented by Parris Island, and the popular culture of what the grunts all call ‘the world’ in Vietnam. The latter takes the form of some of the most brutalist and repellant popular music of the period — ‘These Boots are Made for Walkin’’ by Nancy Sinatra, ‘Woolly Bully’ by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, and ‘Surfin’ Bird’ by the Trashmen most notably — all played at top volume, in order to present to us a vision of the war as a kind of wild fraternity party.”
(Source: James Bowman, being the sort of pro-war intellectual who works daily to ensure we will win no more wars. Diary entry on Full Metal Jacket published on JamesBowman.net, July 10, 2013.)
I mean, the “brutalist” Nancy Sinatra is one thing. I expect that sort of he-must-be-a-genius-because-no-ordinary-man-would-ever-think-of-it insight from the Conservatives-Who-Do-Not-Conserve, even those, like Bowman, who–believe it or not–can sometimes pass for intelligent.
But “Woolly Bully?”…“Surfin’ Bird?”
Jeez. Now they’re dissin’ the poets!
These people have no shame whatsoever!
And just for good measure, here’s Nancy, circa 1966, conducting somewhat more effective foreign policy than the War…er, Defense Department.