Sunday, April 20, 2008

Genre Wars

Check out this plethora of articles to research, courtesy of a quick Google search. Anyhow, according the NME and other sources - metalheads, punk rockers, and rockabilly enthusiasts (for lack of a better term) assaulted the emo kids in various parts of Mexico (and Chile, according to some reports), in a sort of smackdown of people in costumes and theme music. On second thought, it just might be almost exactly like a costumed-wrestler Smackdown, only it's unscripted.

It's all fun and games when we hyperbolically mock opposing ideologies and backgrounds - political, religious, cultural, and even musical- but when the humor goes beyond rational discourse and past nonviolent ad hominem insults into the realm of senseless violence, we have to stand back and say: "Dude, that ain't cool."

This situation highlights the wisdom of not putting all your eggs in one basket. This probably applies more to the fans than to the artists (who usually get to leave their stage personae after the tour), but it is definitely wiser to not let musical genre control your lifestyle. Seriously, there's a lot more to life than music (and keep in mind that a self-described musician is writing this), and music is often played in the background in many real-life situations to support this analogy.

Pictured above is Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest, and one of the major influences of the metal genre (or subgenre of rock music). The actions of the metalheads mentioned above should in no way reflect poorly on Halford, nor on other metalheads who did not participate in the violence. Hmm...that sounds a lot like religion, and whether or not the bad eggs (fundies of all kinds) appropriately reflect the prophets and/or mellower believers. (And yes, if you read some of the news stories of the metal-on-emo violence and the associated homophobic overtones, I'm obviously using the example of Halford in an ironic manner.)

Rob Halford photo credit: Andrew Dale.

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