Saturday, 27 June 2009

Beautiful Rock, Beautiful Metal

I am misunderstood when it comes to music and I’m bloody sick of it.

I’m often asked “What kinds of music do you like, Dave”

When I reply “I love classic rock and heavy metal”, the person reacts in one of three ways:

First, they run away, screaming “Devil worshipper”.

Or second, they say “Oh – so you don’t really like music then. Heavy metal is just a wall of noise that makes most of its fans tone deaf.” They then proceed to lecture me on how the singers can’t sing, the guitarists just pour out wailing noise and can’t really play before accusing me of having no musical taste whatsoever. I have to listen to a one way diatribe about how “rock is dead” and that all rock lovers are smelly, brainless, long-haired idiots who wouldn’t know a decent tune if it came up and said “I’m a decent tune”. Finally, they say something along the lines of “If you want to listen to some good music, buy the latest album by Britney Spears or Take That”.

Or third, they say “YEAH! METAAAALLLLL!!!””

I want to target this post at those in the first two categories (as those in the third category are usually like minded people).

Before I go on, I would just like to say that I appreciate most forms of music and have a varied collection of CDs. I just happen to prefer rock music and heavy metal.

There are people out there who genuinely believe that rock music is the spawn of satan and all people who buy CDs by bands like Black Sabbath are destined to burn in the fires of hell for all eternity. There are also people out there who believe that heavy metal simply isn’t music at all, claiming, as I said above, that the artists are in fact using electric guitars as noise generators and somehow convincing people like me that it is music when in fact it is a tuneless dirge.

Well I want to make a stand here and now and prove these people wrong. The purveyors of rock and metal are not satanists and they are, on the whole, possibly the most gifted musicians on the planet.

I have numerous discussions with Mrs PM about music and I frequently end up banging my head against the wall in frustration. To say our tastes are different is a massive understatement.

Mrs PM would rather listen to nonsense like Britney Spears and Lady Ga Ga. When we drive a fair distance, we argue constantly about which radio station to listen to; she prefers Galaxy, a station that plays endless dance music. We end up playing one or two tracks of my music and one or two tracks of hers, which means that I am exposed to the latest bilge from Britney whilst trying to educate her about the finer points of heavy metal.

“It’s over,” she keeps saying to me when I extol the virtues of rock.

I am utterly fed up with this stereotyping and I am sick of people accusing me of having no appreciation of decent music just because I like to play air guitar with Metallica, or leap up and down while singing along with Trent Reznor or Geddy Lee.

Who else can play a musical instrument the way that Kirk Hammett, Joe Satriani or Tony Iommi can play the guitar? Who can play drums better than Neil Peart, Ian Paice or Cozy Powell?

Here for you delectation are a few songs by classic rock and heavy metal artists that will prove once and for all that these people have a rare talent for song writing, can actually sing delightfully and most importantly are superb musicians. These songs are, in my humble opinion, beautiful.

I present to you some exquisite examples of beautiful rock and beautiful metal, without a devil and barely a wailing guitar in sight. Follow the links to YouTube, close you eyes and let your imagination take you away on a cloud of wonder:

(1) Black Sabbath – Laguna Sunrise
(2) Ten – The Elysian Fields
(3) Foo Fighters – Still
Queensr├┐che – Silent Lucidity
(5) Jethro Tull – Slow Marching Band
(6) Joe Satriani – Day At The Beach
Black Sabbath – Fluff
Gun – The Only One
(9) Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
(10) Evanescence – My Immortal
Nine Inch Nails – Right Where It Belongs
Deep Purple – The Aviator
(13) Def Leppard – From The Inside
Rainbow – Temple Of The King
Led Zeppelin – All My Love
Nazareth – Fallen Angel
(17) Whitesnake – Don’t Fade Away
Rammstein – Ohne Dich
(19) Little Angels – Feels Like My World Has Come Undone
(20) Ozzy Osbourne – My Little Man
Black Sabbath – Spiral Architect

These songs are so delightful that they bring tears to my eyes.

I hope you appreciate how musical these guys are and I hope that I’ve persuaded you a little. If you decide to listen to a little Def Leppard, Deep Purple or Black Sabbath as a result of this post I feel I will have done a good job.

Let me know what you think.

And finally, in the words of Bon Scott – LET THERE BE ROCK!!!!!!!


Dilip Mutum said...

Some of my most favourite songs listed here. Thanks

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Adam,

Yes - they are all great songs.



Dorothy said...

My first suggestion is not to care what others think this is your heart and soul and what you appreciate. Second Elvis Presley was banned in some cases from performing because of his hip gyrations...and we know the rest of his story one might say he was successful. Therefore tell them all to pound salt and live life, love and enjoy what makes you happy as our existence here can be short and in the end it's what we didn't do that we feel bad about and living other peoples lives can be a dam drill of unhappiness so live for you. And they are great songs as well.

Advice from a 63 year old grandma....

My best, Dorothy from grammology

Plastic Mancunian said...

Thanks Dorothy,

To be honest, I don't care what people think - I like what I like. I just get annoyed at people who claim I don't appreciate music just because of my tastes.

Yes - Elvis and his hip gyrations seem pretty tame these days. I really think that some people have nothing better to do than try to tell us how to live our lives.

Love the advice and it is good and sound.




Mr. New Dilemma said...

LOL. Seems like the spirit hit you.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi ND,

You could say that - though what kind of spirit remains to be seen ...




Brian said...

I put myself in the "YEAH! METAL!!!" category. And as you have mentioned, I've heard plenty of the "devil worshipper" comments regarding my choice of music. It's unfortunate that most people don't understand metal or rock music. I'm always glad to see people that actually do get it. Rock on!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Cheers Brian,

As an example, Black Sabbath are the most misunderstood band on the planet. If people who claim they are "devil worshippers" actually listened to the lyrics then they may change their mind.

I totally agree - ROCK ON!!




P->F said...

Wasn't OO the lead singer of BS? Wasn't he the **PRINCE OF DARKNESS**? Didn’t he have a *platinum* selling live album called "Speak of the Devil..."? hhhmmm....
Didn't he bite the heads of small fury creatures in the name of "DW" (or D*evil W*orship?)...?
N.B. I cannot believe you said "ROCK ON!!" in your last comment.

Plastic Mancunian said...


You like abbreviations I see.

You are rather gullible and a little naive my friend. Yes - Ozzy Osbourne is known as the Prince of Darkness but, if you bothered to research then you would clearly see that he did not actually bite the heads off small furry creatures in the name of devil worship. You would also discover why Black Sabbath named themselves such and what they were trying to achieve by performing "scary music". Just because Christopher Lee played Dracula several times, it doesn't mean that he was a vampire. And you also probably believe that Alice Cooper electrocuted live chickens I guess as well? Or maybe Kylie Minougue is a satanist because she recorded a song called "Better The DEVIL You Know"? or Cliff Richard because he loves a "Devil Woman"?

Anyway, nice to hear from you.

How's your new job?

Rock On :-)