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a crusty old fart answers a question about today’s popular music

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:

 

Old fart: photo of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda with passenger on their choppers from the movie EASY RIDER in 1968.

“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!

It is the duty of each fan of any genre of pop music to re­vile each suc­ceeding gen­er­a­tion or genre of pop music! Click To Tweet

Old Fart: cartoon-like illustration of a heavy metal musician by artist Nicolasaviori.

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.

Or even find out a thing or two about Elvis and Cy­bill Shep­herd’s dating back in 1972, or check out some of the ad­ver­tise­ments that RCA Victor ran for Presley product in 1956. 

 

 

 

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