This weekend, MAGA fan Kid Rock released a new collaboration Canadian hard rockers Monster Truck called “Don’t Tell Me How to Live.” The song is basically an outdated list of conservative grievances and catchphrases, including “participation trophies,” “snowflakes,” and “offended millennials.” Now, after fellow Canadian rock star Danko Jones publicly called out Monster Truck for working with Kid Rock on the far-right anthem, Monster Truck frontman Jon Harvey has revealed that he is in fact one of the offended millennials talked about in the song.
In a series of tweets, Danko Jones basically made it clear that they were disappointed by Monster Truck’s collaboration with Kid Rock, and called out Kid Rock’s ultra-conservative and race-baiting language in the past, saying, “Disappointed to hear of a certain band on a song with a certain musician who has been so public with his MAGA politics, including uttering the phrase ‘Fuck Colin Kaepernick’ during a live performance. It’s tantamount to standing in solidarity with him. Gross. And the video of them posing as rednecks in fur coats is FUCKING EMBARRASSING Disappointed and embarrassed FOR that band.
“Just so you know, I DON’T FUCK WITH bands that buddy up next to a racist POS. Wearing fur coats, sporting guns and smoking cigars in the music video gets that band a lifetime membership in the douchebag hall of fame. Embarrassing.”
Disappointed to hear of a certain band on a song with a certain musician who has been so public with his MAGA politics, including uttering the phrase “Fuck Colin Kaepernick” during a live performance.
It’s tantamount to standing in solidarity with him.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) November 20, 2021
And the video of them posing as rednecks in fur coats is FUCKING EMBARRASSING
Disappointed and embarrassed FOR that band. https://t.co/KZEHIX8evz
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) November 20, 2021
Now, in an interview with the ‘Loaded Radio’ podcast, Harvey had come out stating that he feels like Jones’ criticism is unfair and offensive due to its harsh language and outright contempt for Monster Truck.
“That’s my whole thing about it — the guy is upset because he thinks [the song] promotes hate, and he’s getting that out by hating it,” said Harvey, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “It’s the most contradictory, hypocritical thing I’ve ever experienced. But also a lot of people are gonna be, like, ‘Yeah, he’s right.’ And I’m just, like, ‘Man, okay.’ And then next week he’ll be mad about something else James Hetfield did or something else someone else did. It’s, like buddy, just simmer down. You’ve got some shit to sort… It’s an opportunity — that’s the issue I have with it. It’s, like, he could have said nothing and just kept going with his life. But instead he’s putting himself out there and putting that hate out there and it’s creating an opportunity for him. That’s super weird to me.”
“I’ve never called anyone a piece of shit to their face, I don’t think, in real life. The dude didn’t even use my name, didn’t use the band name, and he said these harsh things to me personally. I don’t know, man. I’m really hurt by that… It’s super offensive. My mom’s gonna read that article, and other people are, and this guy is really painting me out to be something… He’s got no idea what I’m like; he’s got no idea what my friends or my family are like. It’s some pretty harsh shit.”
As for why the band worked with Kid Rock on this furious track, despite Harvey not being “an angry person?”
“It seemed like a weird thing to me,” said the vocalist. “It was conflicting, because it felt mad and angry. And we’re not angry guys; we’re like the fun guys. And I was, like, ‘This is angry. Okay. Cool.’ And even Kid Rock was, like, ‘It’s kind of mad, but that’s the whole thing. The whole thing is to spice it up and get mad’…he’s really kind of just talking about himself a lot. Like any hip-hop song would definitely be — ‘I’m the best. This is what I do.’ And then he says a couple of things, like ‘snowflakes.’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, okay. Whatever. That could be taken in a weird way.'”
Look, we like Monster Truck here at The Pit, really we do — we included them in our list of the best metal drinking songs, and we really enjoyed 2016’s Sittin’ Heavy, featuring their original version of “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” — but this is some bonafide horseshit. There’s no way Harvey read those lyrics and thought they were just a hype track. In the video, the dude is glaring at the viewer and vamping in a fur coat while Kid Rock plays conservative poster boy. Aw, and now your mom’s gonna read some mean words about you? Come on, dude, you knew what this was. If you’re going to side with an extreme POV on a song meant to rile people up, don’t play the victim when someone calls you out on it.
Here’s Harvey’s full interview:
Words by Chris Krovatin