Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is wrong about punk

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Bruce!
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," he also said a few harsh words about punk rock, referring to it as rubbish and saying that the lack of talent in punk was an excuse to call it performance art. He goes on to state, "Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.'"

Not totally untrue. The problem, however, lies in his words that immediately follow that thought:

"But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."

Whoa, waitaminute. Perhaps the English icon is referring strictly to the British punk bands of the '70s and '80s, citing some sort of inside info. After all, dude's basically a rock god. However, and no disrespect meant to porn stars, but the idea that punks wish they were living decadent lives in heavy metal bands is way off-base.

For starters, identifying yourself as a metalhead doesn't mean the same thing that it used to. As metalheads are often shy outcasts growing up, becoming extremely proficient at an instrument and knowledgable of your genre was integral to the preservation of the minuscule ego you were clinging to. Through this principle, you formed communities and bands -- excellent metal was almost guaranteed, because playing eyeball-spinning, creative and blazing fast music was all some people had going for them.

Then in the early 2000s, some terrible things happened to the genre through the Internet: First, it exposed a bunch of cool and dark bullshit to cute little dudes who could use it to get girls. Second, it removed the mysterious and evil veil that metal had to reveal a bunch of dorks. We found out that death metal bands didn't kill people and gothic metal bands slept in small apartments, not graves.

Metal is no longer scary to anyone aside from your friend's religious nutjob parents -- it's something a large part of society considers to be fairly juvenile. Unless you live in rural South Carolina, no one looks at your long hair and thinks you sacrifice animals in the middle of the night.

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22 comments
Kenney Galvin
Kenney Galvin

The social stigma of a has been. A bigot that hasn't had written one hit since 86'. Talk about "Wasted Years".

Brent Jensen
Brent Jensen

Metal= I still rollerblade and I'm afraid to tell my dad I'm gay.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Kurt Cobain = dead. The scourge that was grunge = rightly in the dustbin of musical history.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

punk = "I still wear my Green Day hoodie I found at the Goodwill over a decade and a half ago despite not fully covering my beer gut"

Charles Warner
Charles Warner

I got a fever...and the only prescription is more cowbell!!!

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

......and then Nirvana released Smells like teen spirit and both punk and metal rightfully went to the backburner.

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

Punk lacks tasteful riffs, fierce guitar solos, and good vocals. In other words, it sucks

Kasey Elkington
Kasey Elkington

"Punk is great rock-n-roll played by bad musicians." Fat Mike.

Brent Jensen
Brent Jensen

Metal= I bought my nickleback t shirt at the mall

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

Heavy metal and punk are the same. Both had their heyday in the late 70s and 80s but got so cheesy they went underground but then came back in the 90s in a really sucky way. Metal is pretty badass now but punk has...well who fuckin knows.

GE Page
GE Page

Heavy metal rules all that punk shit sucks it doesn't belong in this world it belongs on fuckin Mars man!

Dino Garduno
Dino Garduno

This is the same highschool punk vs metalhead b/s.. Both have posers and both have people true to the scene. Both have mouthpieces that say real dumb things.

mbratetic
mbratetic

green day punk??? you must be kidding me

nope.
nope.

fierce guitar solos= zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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