The Decemberists

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The Decemberists are an immoral, socialist, liberal, Indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. Their members include Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen.[1] They played a concert for Barack Obama, and endorsed him for the presidency and/or king. [2]

They are known for glorifying rape, suicide (most often by drowning, infanticide by bombs (Sons and Daughters), and some songs simply involve death by drowning, without suicide being involved[3]), and various other sinful acts in their music; the songs "We Both Go Down Together" (rape and double-suicide)[4], "The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Not Feel the Drowning" (rape and apparent homicide by drowning, in the respective parts of the song[5]), and the entire story arc of the latest album, "The Hazards of Love," is based around rape, intercourse, homicide, infanticide (although at least the character who so gleefully sings of his childrens' murders is the villain, although lead singer Meloy takes undue joy in the song) and the eventual double-suicide of the main characters by drowning[6]. Apparently they also suffer from a severe lack of originality as well as a severe lack of morals.

When asked whether he felt his music could corrupt those who listened to by glorifying rape, homicide and suicide, leader singer Colin Meloy said that he "didn't care"Citation Needed.

Decemberists Songs with Potentially Negative Influences

  • Mariner's Revenge Song: Glorifies obsessive revenge and murder.
  • July, July: Encourages fleeting entanglement over true romance.
  • Legionnaire's Lament: Encourages alcoholism.
  • We Both Go Down Together: Encourages rape against a unrequited love.
  • O Valencia!: Pro-gang message.
  • Yankee Bayonet: Glorifies the Confederate cause in the American Civil War.
  • Infanta: Pro-monarchist message.
  • Eli, the Barrow Boy: An anti-Christian and possibly Wiccan image of life after death.
  • The Rake's Song: Tells a story of a young widower who kills his children because he doesn't feel like being a parent anymore.
  • The Crane Wife 1/2: Bestiality.
  • This Is Why We Fight: Supports anarchy and lawlessness.
  • Los Angeles I'm Yours: Colin confesses his love for a Godless city. Also mentions of drug use.
  • Valerie Plame and The Bangman's Gambit: Support espionage and treason against the United States of America.
  • Days of Elaine: A woman reveals to her own son that he is a mistake and she would rather go back to being a wandering gypsy than continue being a parent.
  • Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect: Mentions pedophilia and premarital sex.
  • A Cautionary Song: Tells a story of a mother who sells her body to feed her son instead of a proper occupation.
  • The Bachelor And The Bride: Encourages unwilling sexual intercourse.
  • The Soldiering Life: Homosexual subtext.
  • Sixteen Military Wives: Distinctly un-American message.
  • The Crane Wife 3: Promotes anorexia as a form of beauty.
  • The Perfect Crime: Encourages gangs as well as organized crime.
  • Shankill Butchers: Promotes gang violence and bad parenting.
  • The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle The Thistles Undone): Encourages sex and minor bestiality.
  1. Decemberists Official Site
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