Sunday, May 19, 2024

Kid Rock Trapped Between a “Bad Reputation” And Ripping off His Clueless Redneck Following


Don’t believe a word of Kid Rock‘s lyrics.

Bad reputation? He grew up in a mansion, lives in another one, and is all vaxxed and masked.

But his new album, “Bad Reputation,” is designed to capture the redneck, beer-swilling, anti-Biden, Lets-go-Brandon world of illiterate fools.

It’s all a game. He’s a phony. On the album, he kicks off with “Don’t Tell He How to Live.” Right, he’s a rebel. But by the second track, “My Kind of Country,” Bob Ritchie is already back-tracking. His kind of country has Trump and JFK, the NRA and the NAACP. He wants it both ways. Like Trump, he thinks there are good people on all sides.

Really, Bob? He’s just nervous because he’s going on tour with Foreigner this summer. I can’t believe Mick Jones even wants to be in the same room with Ritchie, least of all share a stage. Kid Rock’s new album is digital only right now but when the CD drops it will be from his own website, not Atlantic Records. Ritchie, despite his upbringing, has put himself in the Ted Nugent category of gun-toting right wingers. You have to make your money somehow, so why not follow Trump’s lead and rip off your base?


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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