How, why did a new style of music come about, how did it all begin? (part 3)
“What are Western rock bands singing about?” Not a lot has already been written about the texts of songs of the “hard rock” style in my work, and we could no longer touch on this topic. But the fact is, while sorting out my “archive” of articles about rock music, I came across an article with the title written above, published in the newspaper Argumenty i Fakty in 1988. How uneducated, in the field of rock, the author of the article becomes clear from the very first lines, but by the middle of the article, a rock-savvy person realizes that he is deliberately misled. So, the author divides the texts of various groups into 3 categories:
a) Variations on the theme of love. Unfortunately, N. Arefiev ranks exclusively pop groups in this category, obviously forgetting to listen to Scorpions, Europe, Gorky Park and many other hard rock groups. True, some truths do not avoid the author’s pen: he writes that songs of this direction are easily perceived by ear, and that social songs are more likely an exception in pop music, it is the lot of other groups (this may be the hostility of the author, and not only him to rock?).
b) Battle rock. Here, apparently, the author refers to the “propaganda rock” that emerged in the 80s, with the emergence in rock of movements such as “Rock against the war”, “Rock against apartheid”, “Rock against the rich”, etc. .d … This association is rather arbitrary, because groups differ in style, position and the only thing they have in common is a pronounced social orientation of the texts and support for progressive public actions and movements. Here, the author rightly classifies Paul Weller, the groups “Style Cow Mel”, “Uem”, “Madness” and others. This trend is well characterized by the words of Tal Sutton, the guitarist of the English group “Way”: “Rock and politics should go together. I can’t write songs regardless of what is happening around.”
c) And Satan rules the ball there. The author’s attitude to heavy metal and tougher styles is not at all encouraging. Apparently, in the desire to scare young people away from “these dirty tricks” and in the hope that parents, having read his article, will throw the tape recorders of their children out the window, the author composes this …!
So, interrupting an article from the Rolling Stones, the author writes that the 1984 Judas Priest album was rated Sadomasochism and Apocalyptic Hysteria. Of course, at first this group was a bit addicted to hell scenes, but apparently the look of the musicians so stunned Arefyev that he forgot that “Judas Priest” translates as “Jewish priest with all his strength to rule with an iron hand” should not be taken so directly.
Also interrupting the song of the group “Motley Crue” called “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the author manages to accuse the group of calling youth for hooliganism.
Separate conversation about the Slayer group. The author cites the following lines: “Dismember into pieces, separate the meat, poke out your eyes, dismember into parts”, while referring to the song “Necrophobia”. Being a fan of “Slayer” and quite fluent in English, I tried to find these lines. I found, however, in a different interpretation: yes, these words are, though not invocative, but descriptive (“Separation … etc …), that is, there is a description of the life of a person suffering from necrophobia. And at the end of the song, for those who are especially dull, it’s stated: “A necrophobic cannot control, paranoia, calling to kill him.” And in another song after the call to kill, there is a line explaining why: “For the glory of the Aryan race,” this song, also descriptive, is called “Angels of Death” ( in short – SS troops), which the author clearly does not want to notice. Musicians also harbor no sympathy for Christianity, as well as to Satan. They are neutral.
d) The author did not select more categories, but I would like to add that there are many groups that use fairy tales as the basis of their songs and there were, for example: “Manowar”, Alice Cooper and others …
At the end of this chapter, I would like to quote the words of Bruce Dickenson from Iron Maiden in response to the question: – Your songs often feature the words: fire, sin, violence, murder, death. What does violence mean to you?
– You arbitrarily took words out of context. We do not want the public to act under their influence. We sing about the struggle, the struggle between good and evil. And these words, one way or another, accompany the topic of struggle.
The world of rock music is ambiguous, and what is given to understand one is not given to understand another. But, not understanding, not understanding the essence of the phenomenon, one cannot correctly characterize it. Unfortunately, for many years in our country, without delving into the essence of the problem, for a long time they suppressed the rudiments of rock, and with it the youth culture, unique in itself.