Rock and the mainstream media just don’t mix do they?
Apart from Pitchfork and the Quietus and, of course, the metal press rock music is treated with disdain or ignored all together by the terrified hipsters whose music taste is dictated by lists of what you are meant to listen to and to what feels fashionable.
This week there have been a series of quite bizarre pieces in the NME this week about its disdain for nu metal and whilst, in the cases of some of the bands, that’s like shooting fish in a barrel there have been other cases where at the best ignorance of the musical genre and music in general have been displayed to a breath taking degree.
One blog went to great detail to claim that the sexist content of bands like System Of A Down were one of the reasons for the genre being naff…System Of A Down sexist? which bit ? where? it’s one thing to dislike a musical genre..it’s another to make up ‘facts’ about it.
And were System Of A Down even nu metal and were Deftones- another band that comes under attack nu metal either? the NME rants away about the way the bands dressed- it was all blood and gore and baseball shirts apparently and the band’s names are a bit silly and the music is too loud and you can’t hear the words etc or something.
But at least the Strokes came along and saved rock n roll or rock or something they claim- this is their bizarre summary of the era, still lost in the silly myth that the Strokes somehow changed rock music with their chubby boy band dressed in indie clothes handed to them by a designer whilst they played watered down indie rock with hits written for them by their parents and angry songs about finishing school was somehow a big deal worldwide when in real terms the so called nu metal bands were the ones selling out stadium gigs and influencing young musicians worldwide and not just in Hoxton whilst making a music that was least original.
It really is time for these hipsters to wake up to what’s really happening out there and stop writing the musical narrative that, somehow they seem to own, or we will be cursed with the Mercury Awards for ever…