Some of you may have heard the big news today, but if you haven’t, I will tell you that today is easily the biggest day in the history of The Tyranny of Tradition blog. I have spent most of the last 24 hours dealing with calls from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and even the 700 Club. In order to understand what is about to happen I need to give you some back-story. About 3 months ago, a good friend of mine told me that he remembered at an early Sarah Palin speech during the 2008 campaign she came out to speak to the opening riff from Godzilla by the Blue Oyster Cult. I assumed he was kidding, but he was pretty insistent about it so I decided to look it up. Sure enough, I found the footage along with an interview with her talking about music and she mentioned listening to the Blue Oyster Cult when she was in high school. Being a die-hard Blue Oyster Cult fan, this utterly blew my mind. I wanted to find out if she was still a fan so I emailed her people again and again but never got a response. I figured that she had just blown it off as a series of bizarre emails and forgot about the whole thing. Then, about a week ago…I got an email FROM HER. I was astonished. She wrote me this lengthy letter thanking me for writing to her telling me all about her love for the Blue Oyster Cult. This was too much for me. I nearly had a heart attack. I decided to push things a step further and sent her a request to write a short piece for my blog. I had been listening nonstop to a record by a band called Ghost. The album, “Opus Eponymous”, is absolutely fantastic. On a whim, I decided to ask her to listen to it and write a review. Again, I was certain that I would never in a million years get a reply, but as I opened my inbox this morning I found the following email…
Thanks for offering me a chance to write a review for your blog. I have been quite busy recently but I took a few moments to put something together for you. Hope you like it.
A Review of Ghost “Opus Eponymous”
By Sarah Palin
Over the last few years, many of you have gotten to know me as Sarah the candidate, or Sarah the Governor, or Sarah the Mother, but I want to take this opportunity to show you another side of me. Today, I want to introduce you to Sarah the Metalhead. A lot of people think of me as some kind of stuffed shirt who doesn’t know how to rock out. Nothing could be further from the truth. Todd and I are both huge fans of heavy metal. On one of our first dates, Todd took me to the nicest restaurant in Wasilla, a wonderful little Mexican place called El Taco that is owned by our close family friend Jerry O’Malley. To impress me, he hired the mariachi band to play the Blue Oyster Cult song “Astronomy”. At that moment, I knew I was in love. Of all metal and hard rock bands, I have always had a special place in my heart for the Blue Oyster Cult. I love them so much that I even tried to get Bristol and Piper’s Jazzercise instructor to use “Burnin’ For You” as part of their warm-up activities. When we were working on Sarah Palin’s America for TLC, we tried to film a sequence where we shot a moose with a rocket launcher from a moving chopper. To get ready to use this fine piece of military machinery, I listened to the Blue Oyster Cult’s song “Vengeance: The Pact”. Unfortunately, I missed the moose and the segment had to be cut, but that song really got me ready to go.
I recently picked up a copy of a CD by a band named Ghost called “Opus Eponymous” that reminded me a lot of what’s great about the Blue Oyster Cult. The album is filled with great solos, sweeping choruses and driving riffs. When I first heard the song, “Ritual” I knew I was going to enjoy their sound. There are definitely other influences on this album as well. I noticed a lot of moments that reminded me of some of the work done by the great King Diamond on the early records by Mercyful Fate, particularly the song “Elizabeth”.
At first, I really loved the album but then I found out some things about Ghost that troubled me greatly. First of all, they make reference to Satan on several occasions on this album. There are also a lot of violent lyrics. As you know, I am strongly against young people listening to violent music. This is not the sort of thing that impressionable children should be listening to. The thing that disturbed even more was the fact that Ghost is Swedish. They seemed to speak English very well so I, of course, assumed that they were American. It makes you think that a Swede could pretend to be an American an easily get away with it. A slick talking Swedish terrorist could easily get past one of those TSA government workers and bring weapons of mass destruction into our country. I don’t want to paint all Swedes with the same brush. There are probably some good Swedes out there, but it is a fact that the government of Sweden is socialist. Ghost may not be a socialist band. They may have fled Sweden to escape their brutal and oppressive government, but they have grown up living the socialist life and these things can change a person. They probably would come here expecting some sort of government hand out if they didn’t sell enough records. We have to at least consider the possibility that their music is meant as a Trojan horse to lead our young people to violence, Satanism and the belief that the government is going to solve all of their problems.
I would advise you to not buy this album in spite of the excellent quality of the music. There are plenty of good old fashion, red-blooded American metal bands that are struggling to sell records. Why give good hard earned, American money to a group of people who are just going to give it away to people who don’t share our values?
Read Sarah Palin’s response to the “Oystergate” controversy caused by this article.
#1 by John on January 12, 2011 - 5:57 PM
I’m laughing, and I’m pretty much speechless. That’s… just… how?!?!
Maybe this could be a whole new niche- music reviews from politicians.
#2 by Keith Spillett on January 12, 2011 - 6:05 PM
I really think this is the direction she needs to keep going in. I am going to see if she wants to review a Slayer record next.
#3 by nondualmind on January 12, 2011 - 7:00 PM
This is amazing! How great for you and your terrific blog! You’re right, please do what you can to keep her going down this road. You’ll be doing the country a huge favor.
What’s with CNN, FOX, MSNBC.. etc? I have a picture in my mind of you talking with Anderson Cooper….
#4 by Keith Spillett on January 12, 2011 - 7:03 PM
I’ve always felt that Sarah Palin is the right candidate for America in 2012. Now I know that she has time for the little people as well. Go, Sarah, Go!!!
#5 by Ur cousin!!!!! on January 12, 2011 - 9:06 PM
Yes thats all I can say!
#6 by G-LO on January 12, 2011 - 9:18 PM
Holy Crap! Is this for real??? If so, this is one wild story!
#7 by Sarah Jenkins on January 12, 2011 - 9:52 PM
It’s great to see Sarah speaking out. She’s an inspiration to me and free people everywhere.
#8 by Olaf Swenson on January 12, 2011 - 9:56 PM
As a Sarah Palin supporter, I was saddened to see her say what she did about Swedish people. Swedes have been great contributors to building the American Dream. She should apologize immediately!
#9 by iamsarahk on January 12, 2011 - 10:19 PM
Are you taking the piss? Or is this for real?
#10 by Keith Spillett on January 12, 2011 - 11:03 PM
Wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes.
#11 by Jim Wheeler on January 13, 2011 - 12:21 PM
Shirley you jest.
😆 😆 😆
#12 by Keith Spillett on January 13, 2011 - 1:44 PM
Hey..who are you calling Shirley?
#13 by Peg on January 13, 2011 - 3:52 PM
love love love this. Brilliantly done.
#14 by Keith Spillett on January 13, 2011 - 5:29 PM
Thanks! After reading Sarah’s comments about Ghost I have no doubt that she’s ready to lead this great nation.
#15 by tinadot on January 13, 2011 - 6:07 PM
#16 by Loudfarmer on January 13, 2011 - 4:04 PM
This is one of the most well done, clever and hilarious scams I’ve seen! Hahaha!
#17 by Keith Spillett on January 13, 2011 - 5:29 PM
#18 by tinadot on January 13, 2011 - 6:05 PM
Are you f@#king serious? LOL! I am in utter disbelief….I don’t know at what part more though! Congratulations! Goes to show you the merit of determination lol ^_^
#19 by Keith Spillett on January 13, 2011 - 6:07 PM
I’m going to see if I can get her to come to my birthday party.
#20 by nondualmind on January 13, 2011 - 6:20 PM
You are beyond weird….but clever! What are you trying to do? Work everyone up to a frenzy like Orson Wells did with his ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast???
#21 by Keith Spillett on January 13, 2011 - 6:24 PM
I’m actually trying to score an invite to the Inauguration in 2012!
#22 by M. Gustafson on January 13, 2011 - 7:55 PM
You watch. Tomorrow, the media will be saying she hates Swedes. I’m a proud Swede and I know that she stands for all that is good and right with America.
#23 by juan don on January 13, 2011 - 8:02 PM
Thanks for the idea of incorporating BO Cult into mariachi. The band I’m in, The Bed Heads, have been fooling around with mariachi music ever since scoring some very cool hand-me-downs from The Sanchez Brothers Band; they had “issues” with Immigration and Naturalization and needed quick cash for gas. The pants are tight, but hey, “it’s only rock and roll!” We tried retooling a few Bobby Sherman tunes: big mistake. And covering Lucifer’s Friend sounded pretty damn scary “mariachi-tized.” Playing “Don’t Fear the Reaper” would really be cool wearing Mexican wrestling masks. The interest in mariachi music is probably just a phase, but it’s always fun to throw the audience a little culture every now and then.
With any luck our first CD, “Comb Over This”, will be out in March.
#24 by Keith Spillett on January 13, 2011 - 8:15 PM
That sounds awesome! I could really get into that. Why stop there? I could see a whole Mariachicore movement springing up.
Let me know when the CD is done. I’d love to review it.
#25 by Emily on January 13, 2011 - 9:07 PM
This got a laugh. I’m trying to imagine her talking about “sweeping riffs,” etc., in that twee little Alaskan accent.
Emphasis on “trying.”
#26 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:44 PM
#27 by martykihn on January 14, 2011 - 8:27 AM
This is great – I always knew she was a metalhead! LOL
#28 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:46 PM
Thanks Marty! I was really happy to see that she knew a good deal about King Diamond. The guy is my hero!
#29 by TheSwede on January 14, 2011 - 8:53 AM
The Scariest part is that she was actually considered as a candidate to lead the US. How can one possibly be this incredibly ignorant and be a candidate to control Nuclear Weapons!?! God help us all if this complete and utter moron ever makes it to power…
#30 by paulandorder on January 14, 2011 - 11:49 AM
You had me going for a minute there.
#31 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:48 PM
Thanks! Hope you had as much fun reading it as I (uhmmm, I mean she) had writing it.
#32 by peter du slodai on January 14, 2011 - 11:59 AM
Many of the comments are quite in line with those who actually believe America is a real country.
#33 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:47 PM
Reminds me of the great Solefald song “The USA Don’t Exist”. I think I heard Palin mention that one in a speech once.
#34 by brucetheeconomist on January 15, 2011 - 1:50 AM
I think I was buying this until I got to the using a bazooka to kill a Moose. The being a metal head was over the top also. I think she’s more of a Ray Coniff kind of gal.
#35 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:49 PM
I could see her getting down to some Grand Funk Railroad!
#36 by 138 on January 15, 2011 - 10:30 AM
I really like the nice pass she does to Crowbar. Kudos Palin!
#37 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:50 PM
She originally asked me to link it to Crowbar’s poignant version of “Dream Weaver” but I decided that “All I Had I Gave” was a better fit.
#38 by Jacky V. on January 15, 2011 - 3:47 PM
I have to remember not to believe anything I read here. hahaha
#39 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 4:03 PM
Only believe me when I’m telling the truth.
#40 by Disinformasiya on January 18, 2011 - 5:52 AM
I so wanted this to be real, man. Shame on you!
#41 by Keith Spillett on January 18, 2011 - 8:02 AM
Reality ain’t what it used to be…
“In a world which really is topsy-turvy, the true is a moment of the false”. -Guy Debord
#42 by Kaarlo Seppanen on January 19, 2011 - 9:20 AM
“, but it is a fact that the government of Sweden is socialist. Ghost may not be a socialist band. They may have fled Sweden to escape their brutal and oppressive government, but they have grown up living the socialist life and these things can change a person. They probably would come here expecting some sort of government hand out if they didn’t sell enough records. We have to at least consider the possibility that their music is meant as a Trojan horse to lead our young people to violence, Satanism and the belief that the government is going to solve all of their problems.”
#43 by Mathias on January 19, 2011 - 10:14 AM
Sweden has now a right wing (moderat) goverment. But anyway, Palin remains strange.
#44 by Keith Spillett on January 19, 2011 - 7:48 PM
“Palin remains strange”
I love that!!! That sums up most of what I think about her perfectly.
#45 by Mathias on January 19, 2011 - 10:10 AM
What the fudge!? Polarbears, pregnants and now…Ghost? Palin is one strange dude (I mean chick).
#46 by Keith Spillett on January 19, 2011 - 7:46 PM
I think a chick can be a dude. I have always thought of dude as being a term that could apply to a cool human of any gender. I don’t know.
#47 by Mathias on January 19, 2011 - 10:15 AM
Ps. The Ghostalbum sucks. Not metal enough. Go hardcore Palin!
#48 by Keith Spillett on January 19, 2011 - 7:50 PM
I am obsessed with that dang album. I don’t really think of it as a metal album. It sounds more like what the Beach Boys would have sounded like if Brian Wilson kept hanging out with Anton LeVay.
#49 by jim on January 19, 2011 - 7:00 PM
Sarah is nuts! She mentions the “great King Diamond” and then she goes on a rant on how Ghost is Swedish, can speak good English (so there’s a possibility that they can be terrorists that can go undetected), and has violent, satanic lyrics. Well…
The King isn’t American, he’s Danish. Do I need to mention that a lot of his lyrics reference Satan? And just before she talks about violent lyrics, she mentions that she tried to shoot a moose with a rocket launcher from a copter. WTF???
There are too many things to go off on with this “review”, I have to stop. I was impressed that she liked metal but as soon as she started talking, I really hate her now.
#50 by Keith Spillett on January 19, 2011 - 7:43 PM
I should probably tell you a few things about Mrs. Palin that I failed to share in the article. First of all, she told me in confidence that she is a die-hard Bathory fan and her greatest sadness in life is that she’ll never get to see Quorthon in concert. She also told me that her first act as President will be to invite Venom to play a concert at the White House. She is even considering making Cronos Secretary of Education. I thought these facts might help you appreciate Sarah the Metalhead a bit more.
As for King Diamond, I am quite sure he’s a man and not a pastry.
Ask Barack Obama about King Diamond. I bet he doesn’t even know who he is or if he does he’s probably one of those dudes who think “The Spider’s Lullaby” is better than “Abagail”.
Anyway, thanks for spending a minute in my weird little world.
#51 by brucetheeconomist on January 24, 2011 - 7:15 PM
Dude ought to be genderless. After all I hear women use the term guys for other women quite frequently.
#52 by A Finn in Sweden on January 26, 2011 - 3:48 AM
Damn you Keith! I so wanted this to be true, but I understand now that it isn’t. A brilliantly composed story. I salute you!
#53 by Keith Spillett on January 26, 2011 - 6:36 PM
Thank you, sir! I am honored. I wanted it to be true as well!
#54 by Anna on February 8, 2011 - 7:03 AM
OMG, I’m laughing so hard I’m almost crying…! “They may have fled Sweden to escape their brutal and oppressive government…”
As a Swede I can assure you that the only thing we might feel a need to flee from is 6 months of snow. And our skills in English is due to a proper schooling system, nothing more and nothing less.
#55 by Keith Spillett on February 8, 2011 - 7:29 PM
Glad you enjoyed the article, Anna.
#56 by Korgull on February 16, 2011 - 8:12 PM
I could actually see this happening.
I suppose it’d be easy for someone like her, as dumb as she is, to get into lacklustre pop-Doom.
#57 by Sayex on February 16, 2011 - 8:54 PM
At first i was like WOW, but then i realize she is a moronic ass..
Great blog man!
#58 by Flaming Telepath on February 17, 2011 - 7:47 PM
“Sure enough, I found the footage along with an interview with her talking about music and she mentioned listening to the Blue Oyster Cult when she was in high school.”
Not that surprising — She certainly took to the idea of making a “Career of Evil”
#59 by Keith Spillett on February 19, 2011 - 11:37 PM
Great reference!!!! You are a true BOC fan. No doubt!
#60 by magico on February 21, 2011 - 3:21 AM
Haha… should we believe, that all people from sweden are terrorists? Just because they play rock music and sing satanic verses? That’s unbelievable. Unbelievable stupid.
Even more, because they do it that way patently. Do you think, the lyrics are meant seriously?
That’s to funny, that some people do like a band. And then… when they become clear, that the band is NOT from the USA, they don’t like it anymore.
That’s really poor. Poor and racist. And by the way: It’s a good publicity for Ghost and they are laughing at you!
#61 by Swede on February 22, 2011 - 11:17 AM
Go Sarah! You’re absolutetly right, young people should not listen to music about killing people. That’s just bad. Obviously they should instead get their asses off to iraq and… well… kill people.
BTW, Sweden is ofcourse the last soviet state still. But! The right wing has won the last two elections in a row and we are on the path to doing things the american way! Bigger differences between the poor and the middleclass, huuuge differences between middleclass and the rich, crimes and tensions in society are going up and homeless people are starting to show up more and more. So dont you worry Sarah, freedom is coming to Sweden aswell!
I only listen to certified right wing music. Like that Ted Nugent fella. He’s not advocating killings. Unless the victims are political opponents ofcourse (US citizens or not).
#62 by Pablo M. on March 17, 2011 - 11:01 AM
This is simply hilarious!! Can’t Stop Laughin I will use this stuff for my blog (Spanish Blog) (Of course, linking your great blog), the world must know “Sarah Palin: THE METALHEAD” xDD
#63 by Keith Spillett on March 17, 2011 - 11:25 AM
Thanks!!!! Glad you got to read it.
I’d love to see my own weird universe translated into another language! Send me a link to your blog. I’d love to check it out.
#64 by Pablo M. on March 17, 2011 - 1:02 PM
Oystergate resume/summary for the Spanish Speakers!
#65 by Keith Spillett on March 17, 2011 - 1:04 PM
This is very cool!!!!! Thanks again!
#66 by Kristof P on April 14, 2011 - 2:27 AM
“Satanism and the belief that the government is going to solve all of their problems.”
two stark, mutually exclusive beliefs. it’s impossible to be a socialist Satanist, by definition.
was just buggin me to read that sentence, had to put that out there~
#67 by J. Bergman on May 30, 2011 - 2:48 PM
Dont know if I should laugh or cry.
First of all, we Swedes support USA dollars all the time spending our money on Mc Donalds, your crapy Hollywood remakes of good European movies and your american bands.. so why the F wouldnt americans spend a few dollars on a great band such as Ghost ?! Well, we have no terrorists, we have no war, we have no huge hospital bills stacking up, we almost have no homeless people but we do have awesome metal bands lining up !
#68 by Korgull on May 30, 2011 - 3:36 PM
Yes, Sweden is having a surge of great metal lately. But Ghost is not one of them. They aren’t good, let alone great.
If you want good Swedish Metal, they’re fronting the Death Metal assault. While most other places are just trying to be Necrophagist, Cannibal Corpse or Suffocation, Death Metal from Sweden is ruling and NOT ripping off other, terrible bands.
#69 by leu2002 on June 8, 2011 - 1:42 PM
Am I the only one who finds it outrageous that she casually admits trying to kill a moose with a rocket launcher? FROM A CHOPPER!?
#70 by Keith Spillett on June 8, 2011 - 5:41 PM
There are probably better ways to kill a moose, but they’ve always been a bit different in Alaska.
#71 by Bluscrow on June 19, 2011 - 11:06 PM
Wait…She actually knew who King Diamond and Mercyful Fate were?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Well, she definitely got some cool points for that one, but then she goes ahead and takes them away again with the whole “Socialist” thing. People live differently under different rules. Nothing wrong with that.
#72 by Tommy on July 5, 2011 - 9:47 PM
Seriously though… As fun as it is getting a reply from a politician on this sort of thing. Why is she talking stuff about Sweden and Swedes? And all this religious nonsensical horsepuckey she keeps referring to… It makes me sad to see that people of such great political prowess lean on old wives tales.
Its 2011 now. Time to wake up and maybe realize that religion and superstition is kind of stone age and something humanity is better without?
Oh, and by the way: Im Swedish, a metalhead and in no way a devil worshipper or a violent terrorist. In fact, Im quite calm and well mannered.
#73 by Dean Roberson on August 11, 2013 - 6:54 PM
Sarah Palin is at least not out of touch with Americans, Palin is a Heavy Metal fan and that’s pretty cool….Sarah has a great sense of humor too.