18 December 2007

The Decline of Good Music, Metal goes Christian

Et Tu, Alice?





When I was growing up, metal used to be focused on hot babes, whiskey, flying V-guitars, and thinly veiled references to Satan. It was with some disappointment that I saw this interview on Fox News with the legendary Alice Cooper yesterday. They were plugging his new website Alice Cooper's Solid Rock. I went and checked it out and was filled with utter contempt.

OUR MISSION
SOLID ROCK'S PRIMARY GOAL IS TO HONOR CHRIST BY HELPING TO MEET THE SPIRITUAL, ECONOMIC, PHYSICAL, AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF TEENAGERS & CHILDREN WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY - from SRFROCK.org

What is the story on this? Alice used to rock out with angst-ridden songs like "Eighteen" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy". He starred in the superb John Carpenter 1987 picture "Prince of Darkness" where he played a schizoid homeless man possessed by Satan. What are we teaching our youngsters! This is no slam on Christianity, I assure you. But our teens need to grow up questioning authority and with a healthy disdain for contemporary society. That's the only way things are going to change around here. Listening to metal used to be an act of rebellion in itself, since notable fascist Tipper Gore tried to ban the genre altogether in the '80s. Are we setting our kids up to be little automatons who are going to perpetually tow the party line as our society sinks into oblivion. Damn, I sure hope not.

I saw this Jules Crittenden post on 3 Doors Down (I had never heard of them), but they do a recruiting ad for the National Guard. I suppose in this day and age where the Iraq war is so unpopular and the military derided as an extension of the Bush/Cheney neo-con machine, it's rebellious and cool to support the military. Who knows. I don't get kids these days.


Proof that Alice Cooper used to be cool

7 comments:

gage said...

He traded the python for a cross?

Bag Blog said...

Spoken like someone who has no children. Rebellion does not cause people to spiral up. Change can happen without rebellion.

LT Nixon said...

Ms Bag Blog,

It's posts like these that are the reason I was ordered not to pro-create by a team of government psychologists. I have nothing against religion, I'm just suggesting that some kids need to rebel when they're young or they will grow up and rebel at a later stage in life.

Bag Blog said...

Lt nixon, I understand your thoughts, and you always make me laugh (whether you meant to or not sometimes). I just wish I could be around some day when you do pro-create (government psychologist aside) (and you will) so that I could say "I told you so."

Kiyum said...

The first time "good music" and "Christian" have ever been used in a headline together. Zing!

LT Nixon said...

Ms. Kiyum,

Does this mean you don't like Creed?

Kiyum said...

Doesn't everybody love a bloated jerk who sings about Jesus and then drives drunk and smacks his wife around? Holy Stapp, you know I love me some Creed with arms wide open.