Creepy masks. Funky costumes. Profanity. Makeup. Fake blood. Satanic symbols. Moshpits. And that's not even the tip of the iceberg. Public nudity and urination. Simulated sex acts and killings. Defamation of women. Defamation of the Bible.
If you can't figure it out from the name, "shock rock" is basically rock music - and I use that term lightly - combined with theatrics for the purposes of shocking the audience/listeners/moms within earshot.
Metal Evolution". This week's episode focused on the history and background of this incredibly inane genre of music, and I was forced to bite my lip on a number of occasions as my son shouted out various band member's names as they appeared on the screen like it was Norm walking into Cheers. Names like "Lemmy" (who is so popular that nearly everyone knows that's Lemmy Kilmister from that trippy band Motörhead, "Joey" (Joey Jordison from Slipknot, (RIP bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010 from an overdose. SHOCK!), "Oderus" (Oderus Urungus from that cooky dress-up band GWAR) and let's not forget Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson. And I'm not even going to link to these parasites - it just feeds their depravity.
The way I see it, these are misguided, whiny, self-serving, judgmental narcissists who have gotten lucky enough to get their mug and their trashy messages on TV and radio in order to infiltrate and pollute the immature and completely volatile minds of young teenagers.
Oh, wait. They have a message.
Oh, wait, NOW I get it! How silly of me! What better way to make the world a better place than by dressing up, performing lewd acts on stage and screaming lyrics about killing your mother to a crowd of kids you affectionately call "Maggots"! Kind of a "hair of the dog that bit ya", is that it?
And an aside here. Remember back when Tipper Gore and her motley crew were crusading for that "Parental Advisory - Explicit Lyrics" on any albums or CDs that fit the criteria? Shock bands all over the word THANK you, Tippie, because you just made those bands that much more palatable to your young influential brood.
Unfortunately, it's not as easy as "Well, don't let your child listen to that garbage!" Um, do you have a teenager? Can you police him 24 hours a day? And if you forbid it, doesn't it make it that much more palatable?
What I'd like is a little help here. I can go into a whole other post about how we as a society have allowed the entertainment industry to back us into a corner - to push the envelope of decency, morals and how far they streeeeeeeeetch that whole Freedom of Speech to include "whatever the hell you want". Somebody is misinterpreting that one BIG TIME. And I want to do something about it.
Attention shock rockers: Take your screaming, violet, foul-mouth angst and put it back in your basement. Or your parent's garage. Or that rock you crawled out from under. I don't need you yelling it into my kid's brain. And to the powers that be that think this is "fine" and that they're free to do whatever they want? I hope you're not around to see how this country is run when all these little "Maggots" grow up. It's going to be a shocking world.