Saturday, March 04, 2006

Distopian Dream Boys

Yeah, we know we spelled "distopian" wrong there, but we're aping Built to Spill there, so pardon us. Because of the inherently adolescent nature of trad rock and roll, themes of rebellion against authority are almost as old as the popularity of the affordable electric guitar. This realization can fuel some interesting conjecture about comparing the relative "punkness" of acts. Take for example our old friends Pat Boone and the Sex Pistols. Was Pat Boone more punk for *not rebelling* (since rebellion was an expectation of rock and roll even as early as when Boone was cleaning up versions of songs by early rock artists) than the Sex Pistols were *for* rebelling? Just because the Pistols rebelled more fervently than, say, The Nuge, is taking an expectation (rebellion) to an extreme actually as subversive as eschewing the expectation altogether?

These aren't the most well-formulated thoughts or examples, but they aren't really intended to be. What they're intended to do is set up this look at the widespread employment of dystopian police state imagery in 1980's rock videos. What better way to show how rebellious you are than to cast yourself in a (fortunately for us, often laughable) situation in which you can show preteens glued to music videos how much you like to stick it to The Man? Who better to laugh at than Kevin Dubrow and the boys in Quiet Riot in this silly clip for the sort of abominable track "The Wild And The Young"? YouTube link below. Watch to the very end for Wink Martindale warning the nation about censorship -- it'll take you back. Post YouTube links to your own favorite relevant videos in the comments.


  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said…

    If there was no purpose to rebelling you would have a point. Spilling apple carts is not a pointless exercize, least of all artistic apple carts like rock 'n' rolls.

    If you were to have seen The Runaways right after a Pink Floyd show in 1976 you would get it just like somebody seeing Little Richard after a Pat Boone show in 1956 would have.


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