ON QUORA, a young man asked me to answer the burning question, “What do heavy metal music fans think about modern pop music?” my first thought was, “Wow! Did you come to the wrong person!” Then i though, “I can do this and have some fun along the way.
I’m posting my response here on Neal Umphred Dot Com even though this might be better on one of my music blogs. I think my answer can be generalized to address a host of topics about the gasp—I mean, gap—between talking about my generation and talking about theirs.
My answer is essentially a rather harsh truth but leavened with what I hope is understood as a distanced humor. It is the indented text between the two images:
“I like smoke and lightning and heavy metal thunder. Racing with the wind and the feeling that I’m under. Yeah, darling, go make it happen—take the world in a love embrace. Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space.” Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf—my idea of heavy metal music!
Brandon, it is the right—nay, it is the duty!—of each fan and aficionado of any genre of pop music to loathe and revile each succeeding generation or genre of pop music.
Therefore, it is the duty of heavy metal music fans to think of the practitioners of modern pop music as blackguards and villains, and their fans as duped and deluded!
Just as I, a child of the rock & roll of the ’50s and ‘60s, think of heavy metal music practitioners as blackguards and villains, and their fans as duped and deluded!
One of the joys of old age is not knowing anything about the things that amuse the younger generations that follow one.
Hell’s Belles, I pretty much think the same thing about prog, glam, disco, christian, singer-songwriter, funk, punk, new wave, grunge, techno, rap, hip-hop, and whatever other off-shoot that I have thankfully forgotten.
One of the joys of old age is carefully fostering an image as a crusty old fart with a curmudgeonly pride in not knowing anything about, or caring anything about, or even liking anything about the things that amuse the younger generations that follow one.
So Brandon, live long enough and you, too, will find all this stuff out for yourself!
FEATURED IMAGE: The artwork at the top of this page is titled “HeavyMetal” and is the work of Nicolasaviori. So now, if you’re this far along in the reading, why not click on over to one of my other sites, like Rather Rare Records. There you can check out what this old fart has to say about that ’50s rock & roll and ’60s rock that I mentioned above.
Or give The Endless Sixties a look-see: I recently published a piece on being too late in writing a fan letter to my favorite author, and another about the influence of the Beatles’ music versus that of John Lennon’s.