It is important to blog and I haven’t been doing it, purposely. My first and most important fear has to be poor spelling and grammar skills. TAAQ is quite an intimidating place to be when it comes to mass communication, journalism, content writing, copy writing, lyrics, vocabulary, reading habits, pronunciation, diction, studies, etc. I suck big time at all of the above..yet I embark on this “dig-baby-dig your own grave in public” type initiative. So here goes:
“Dream Girls, Metallica and bands that stuck together”
On Sunday I saw a Metallica rocumentary on VHI called “When Metallica ruled the world” and later on that evening i went to see the movie Dream Girls. As you can see I need to keep my musical schizophrenia in check at all times:) In any case the villain in both was the same, people id like to call the “band breakers”. Just like there are few individual believers of a band who ultimately are the key contributors to the success of a band there always are key players who break bands up. Metallica surely had a few of these people around them. To see the greatest force in heavy metal break down and destroy everything they were about and get into legal battles with fans and then lose key long term band members was really sad. The program was a documentary style thing with real footage of band meetings etc. It hurt to see a great band go through such a dive from being loved and worshipped to being bitterly hated.
I sometimes wonder why people HATE bands. They are just musicians out to entertain you, if you don’t like it that’s cool but the HATE is scary. And the hatred towards Heavy Metal music by the non-metal heads is a lot more potent that the reciprocal hatred towards Pop n Disco from the metal freaks. The number of pricks who were up against Metallica for the Napster shit was crazy, people who in any case knew nothing about their music just got a great juicy opportunity to screw the band more….F’ing B*#^hes!!
Anyways in Dream Girls, despite its melodrama that could have put Bollywood to shame, it very theatrically shows how commercial sense in replacing a band member and carrying on can remove the soul from a group. The movie goes on to prove how the longevity and success that comes along with such commercial moves is pretty fake musically.
Guys like RHCP, Aerosmith and U2 who for the most part at least stuck to their original line-ups are truly kick-ass. Im sure they met a few ‘band breakers’ in their life span and probably had burnt their fingers once or twice.
And if you notice, suddenly its becoming all hip to be in a long standing band..i mean what was Sting thinking when he quit the Police and now why get back, Similarly RATM why get back after shagging alone or being part of some other scene. Pretty sucky me thinks.
AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Rolling Stones, U2, RHCP, Led Zep, Nirvana, Beatles these are the boys who stuck together through everything without breaking up. That’s the tough part.. not making the music or marketing it etc…
OOOK I better stop now, but lots more gyan coming.. so waatchout! waatchout! for the mean mean mean mean … chowmeen