reply to post by DresdenCodex
You are absolutely right.I've already posted similar sentiments to a illuminati/satanism in music thread n that was before I read the OP's
Am showing my age but being born in 1972 I was bang on the right age when the 80's excess kicked off.I loved everything about it,the loud,heavy
guitar,thumping bass,wailing vocals,massive hair,pyrotechnics and way over the top gear they wore and especially their overt anti establishment,f**k
At first the hype and nonsense was almost as important as the music.My parents n teachers just didn't approve,the neighbours went ballistic when I
cranked up the stereo to 10.Wearing leather n denim with band patches stitched all over them got up their noses too n that's all you could hope for
at 14 or 15.
And of course some of it was incredible music of the highest quality.AC/DC,Ozzy Osbourne,Maiden,Metallica for example have absolutely stood the test
of time although theirs many that didn't have much beyond their image.Anyone remember Poison or GWAR,for example.lol.
Looking back it's almost easy to believe the whole anti-rock,right wing christian,pmrc backlash was part of the marketing strategy.I mean,stories of
righteous christians throwing Maiden and Ozzy lp's on the fire then running in panic from the fumes scared that inhaling it will allow satan to
possess them.Could there have been a more ideal 'enemy' that laid themselves wide open to ridicule.
Yet the darkside has been a part of music probably for as long as music's existed.
Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads.I can't remember offhand which of the classical composers it was but one was accused of
being in league with the devil for introducing imperfect endings.
Music has a power and direct effect on us that seems magical.You want to write a sad song then write in the key of D minor n you can't go wrong
When you think about it music was an integeral part of shamanistic ritual and ceremony,voodoo rituals,even the Romans and the British Army marched
into battle to the sound of horns or bagpipes.
So you have to ask yourself is this recent corelation between music and claims of satanic influence something significant or the music industry
dusting off and resurrecting an old but proven marketing technique for the umpteenth time.
Guess what,it's working a treat all over again.lol.