Monday, 2 July 2012
Totally pointless ramblings: When musicians acts mess with the msuic
But there's no way that such a notion exists with all music fans when listening to artists that have been recognised for infamous acts outwith their music. Are musicians always attached to things they've done and does it always affect the way we listen to them?
s Øystein Aarseth better known as "Euronymous". And really, those tales always have a tendency to dominate my thoughts when listening to his music. No matter how immersive it is.
And yet, depending on just how devoted to metal your local branch of HMV is, you're most likely to find Burzum CD's being stocked. But, when stories become more widespread and a wider reaction is created, then the effect on listening to the musicians is surely clouded more by thoughts about the musician themselves. I don't know what you think the worse crime is but when I cared more about music in 2006 and reports about former glam rocker Gary Glitter emerged across the BBC News about his continued child sexual abuse crimes from his possession of child pornography in 1999 to sexual intercourse with children in Vietnam, the reaction was widespread and sense of disgust from the public towards Glitter meant there was no forgiveness towards him for his actions. You will never see a Gary Glitter CD in HMV anymore and I'm fairly sure I've only listened to him once since after my Dad was playing some kind of hits of the 70's compilation album in his car. But Gary Glitter will never be listened to by anyone without some kind of hostility towards him and his actions in the minds of listeners.
I suppose an argument here is that it's only really central figures that cause listeners to have some thought of actions committed by individual when simply wanting to listen to the music. Is there any lasting effect when a bassist commits some kind of atrocity. I'm constantly listening to songs from Kyuss' Wretch and Blues for the Red Sun and Queens of the Stone Age's Rated R and Songs For the Deaf and at no point do the actions of Nick Oliveri enter my mind. Especially when you consider his actions last summer. And it's not exactly something you could forget about any time soon. The guy had a four hour standoff with the LAPD. That sounds like something from an action movie, were it not for the fact that the standoff was to keep the police from entering his apartment where he had been keeping his girlfriend hostage and was keeping a loaded rifle and lotsa drugs. I don't really know what's come of that situation. I believe a final verdict is still to be reached. If that's so, Oliveri has the potential to face up to fifteen years in prison. Not the same prison as Blythe though. I mean, they could be good companions.
Sometimes however, it's the kind of actions of musicians on and offstage that makes that really helps them rise to ultimate popularity and makes them true icons. Do I make sense? The best example you could think of is The Who. The Who will always to be known for crafting some of the finest rock songs of all time but you know, you won't have a conversation about them for that long without delving into talks of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend smashing their guitars up onstage and the destructive lifestyle of Keith Moon, wether it's his stories of smashing through a corrugated iron roof, crashing a milk float or filling toilets with dynamite and bombs, as well as passing out onstage in 1973 after consuming a mixture of horse tranquilizer pills and brandy. And all the danger, all the violence and all the the insanity helped make the group more, well, badass! It surely helped boost the band's musical popularity. Maybe. I couldn't really think of many other decent examples.
So, when considering these bands and musicians as a few examples, the whole notion of musicians becoming more recognised for controversial acts outwith their music definitely exists. When I first got into The Who, I was lured in with the promise of seeing guys smashing guitars onstage and the like, which was cool! With weird people with brutal values and tastes thinking that Varg Vikernes is awesome, Burzum is also worshiped for Vikernes' church burning and murders that all the people thinking "Hahaha! Down with religion!" appreciate. The whole badass element was also attached to Nick Oliveri after hearing about him facing the LAPD with a rifle, which was bizarre and of course, Gary Glitter is forever damned by everyone, mainly because his songs were also pretty terrible as well as his actions. So, while we remain unsure of what will happen to metal's beloved Randy Blythe, we will just have to wait, it seems like there are worse acts that musicians have been associated with than what Blythe has. But with Lamb of God, I will have to separate the artist from the art. And as always, Lamb of God deal exclusively in art.