Their new singles are tanking, but Natalie Maines hates Bush more than ever and that has to count for something. So they’ve got the cover. Congrats to the Chicks and better luck next time to Pearl Jam and Neil Young, who surely could have been folded into this somehow. I’m thinking group shot in front of a tattered American flag, duct tape over their mouths, and a ghostly image of Joe McCarthy sinisterly putting a Chicks CD back in the rack.

Time’s article is behind a registration wall so you’ll have to make do with that Fox article. Here’s my favorite part, which perfectly encapsulates the nutroots mindset while also recalling one of the better lines from the funniest movie ever:

“I’d rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith,” Maguire said. “We don’t want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do.”

See, it’s not that the group’s popularity is waning. It’s that their appeal is becoming more … selective.

You know who should be on the cover this week? These guys. Death metal at Eurovision? ROCK ON!:

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Six glorious pages of photos over at Yahoo News of scandinavia’s answer to Gwar. Enjoy.

Update: In case you didn’t get that the Chicks are supposed to be free-speech martyrs, Time has added a helpful graphic aid.

Update: Our affiliate, No Pasaran, has video of Lordi in action. Off. The. Hook.