posted on Feb, 9 2013 @ 11:26 AM
I'm 46 and am an aging metalhead, who came up in the SF area of California in the early to late eighties. My father was from Oklahoma, and nurtured
me on a steady diet of Waylon, Willie, Hank Sr., and Johnny Cash. The music of my peers was thrash, punk, surf music, hard rock, latino rock, soul,
folk, funk - and I can still recall the first time I heard a quirky song on the radio - called "Rappers Delight".
I took it all in - and found the good in every single form of music I've been exposed to since.
Addressing the anti-grunge sentiments. There was a lot of good music that came out of that scene. Alice In Chains for example. The Nirvana stuff? For
a guy who cut his teeth on hardcore and classic punk Nirvana made perfect sense. It's hard to go from Led Zeppelin to Nirvana... easier to get there
from the Stooges or the Ramones.
Electronic music, dubstep included, has been a difficult issue for me. As stated, I predominantly see myself as a metalhead and any old school
metalhead will tell you... synthesizers are bad, mmmkay? This, of course, was a major aspect of our identity back in the day. Duran Duran and A Flock
Of Seagulls used synths - Motorhead did not. The eighties ( at least where I lived ) were basically the fifties all over again... and anyone who's
seen the movie or read the book, "The Outsiders" - knows the score. We were the greasers, the Duran Duran, Nu Wave folks were the Soc's ( preppies
)... so bridging that gulf can be hard. Even then there was a lot of Nu Wave / AOR music that I enjoyed ( Simple Minds, U2, Romeo Void, and others ).
But the full electronic thing is still something I have almost a visceral reaction to. My nephew keeps trying to make me like Skrillex - and I keep
saying that if I wanted to hear that crap, I'd shove a brick into my garbage disposal and have it for free.
But I do bear something in mind - even now. Those country artists I listed earlier? When I was a teenager I loathed them. Now listening to that music
is like going home again. A good bit of the eighties stuff - even the freaking Duran Duran brings back memories now - and I will let it play just so I
can go back in time for a minute. So I understand that a day may come when I find myself a bit older, shoving a brick down my garbage disposal - all
because I want to reconnect to this period when my nephew was on the brink of manhood and trying to make me like something called Skrillex.