A quote about underrated music

Prompta2020

We’re just one third into this year’s special version of Blaugust, and the awesome blogging community has already outdone itself with lots of great posts about various topics.

The fourth blogging prompt, introduced to us by Roger Edwards on August 3rd, was this:

What type of content do you feel is severely underrated?

Well, that’s an easy one as far as I’m concerned. It’s Metal, of course!

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Err…wait, no, not this.

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Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!

My cousin, ten years my senior, introduced me to Metal when I was about eight. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Ozzy Osbourne, stuff like that. I fell in love immediately.

At the time I didn’t really know what it was, exactly, that I liked so much about it. What I did learn incredibly quickly though was that, generally speaking, most people don’t share my passion. Which is severely downplaying the issue of course, as almost everyone I’ve ever met who doesn’t love it actively dislikes it at best, and regards it as “unbearable noise” at worst. According to the latter group anyone who’s into Metal surely must be some kind of psychopath.

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I really don’t know where they got that idea from…

Anyway, with kids being kids you can imagine that eight-year-old me, already wearing Metal band patches on the denim jacket, had to develop a thick skin rather quickly. It never grew quite as thick as I would have liked though, and I can still get pretty angry when someone badmouths something that I really like, especially when I feel that they have no idea what they’re even talking about.

Yet over time I’ve wisened up at least somewhat. A couple of years ago I would have, at this point, carried on to beat you round the head with at least half a dozen paragraphs “proving” that many flavors of Metal are, in fact, musically vastly superior to most forms of mainstream music, that geniuses like Bach and Beethoven would undoubtedly be metalheads if they lived today, and that channeling your inner rage through aggressive music does actually make you a less aggressive person, not more.

Instead though I’ll just leave you with one of my favourite quotes – which, incidentally, fits nicely into our Blaugust groove too, as Wilhelm gave us the prompt to do exactly that.

It’s taken from Helloween’s song Heavy Metal (is the Law), where Kai Hansen posits

If you don’t feel it you won’t understand.

Truer words have never been spoken about Metal – and I think it actually applies to pretty much anything human beings can be passionate about.

3 Replies to “A quote about underrated music”

  1. Hmm. Well, I certainly felt it when I was in my very early teens. Although back then Metal meant Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal pretty much meant Black Sabbath. I listened to a lot of Sabbath when I was 13 or 14. And Hawkwind, if they count. Hawkwind was the first band I ever went to see. I think I was 13. Maybe 14? I went with a friend who’d been at the original Isle of White Festival in 1968, when he was nine years old. His Hell’s Angel brother took him. He (my friend, not the Angel) babysat me through my first gig and that was it – I was off.

    It was mostly Heavy Metal, hard rock and prog for the next couple of years but by the time I was fifteen I was about through with all of that. Pretty much never listened to any kind of Metal ever again, although obviously I’ve heard plenty – it’s kind of hard to avoid. Generally, if I like something once I’ll like it forever but in the case of those three genres I do think of them as being locked to the adolescent experience. They all seem extremely tightly constructed to appeal to the teenage mind – particularly, although by no means exclusively, the teenage male.

    In terms of peer group or social acceptance, though, my experience would be the mirror-image of what you’re describing. An openly-expressed appreciation for Heavy Metal was almost required in my school. You’d be a lot more likely to get ridiculed for not liking it. Given, those were 12-14 year olds, not eight, a big difference – but when I was eight literally no-one in my peer group had any preference for or knowledge of music at all – you could have said you loved Satie or Sabbath or Santana and no-one would have had a clue what you were talking about.

    I’ve always thought of metal fans as a body of people who feel a lot more marginalized than evidence suggests they really are. It’s a pretty mainstream interest as non-mainstream interests go. Certainly no more “odd” than liking jazz or classical and significantly less-so than being a Goth. Also, no-one ever beats up metal fans for liikng metal, or not in any environment I’ve ever moved in. That’s a bonus!

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    1. @Bhagpuss – You definitely went to a much cooler school than I did! 😉

      You’re right of course that Metal isn’t really that niche anymore. Still, I’ve been asked how on earth I can listen to ‘that noise’ more often than I can count, and somehow I doubt that fans of jazz or classical music have to endure the same kind of prejudice on the regular.

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