Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Rock Video



Have you seen that video where there's like this band, and they're either on a stage in a concert hall, at an arena, or on top of a car in a parking lot at an impromptu concert, and all their fans are cheering and screaming and raging and pumping their fists in righteous-looking support for this, their favorite band, and like there's shit flying around, cuz sometimes the band is bluescreened and there's weird chaotic cgi shit going on around and above the band, like sometimes when the drummer goes real wild or the distorted bass line gets really funky the whole image will shudder, and distort, and we'll get weird, roto-scopic shots of the fans in the audience, and the whole thing is edited real fast, and the audience of pierced and tattooed and obviously paid extras, who are all either skater-punks, creepy purple-tongued neo-goths, or ridiculously attractive teen models pretending to be either, are just loving this shit, they fucking love it!, because THIS is their FAVORITE band, and the lead singer is hopping around and bouncing into and out of the camera's frame, sometimes even falling to his knees, and then we see quick shots of the band's fans at home, staring the camera down righteously, "this is my sanctuary", their bedrooms, look at the posters, I like the same stuff they do! and they are wearing the t-shirts of the same band whose video they are currently in and their faces are just the peak of adolescent, indignant disaffection, and then one of them raises an arm and gives the finger to the camera, which is digitally blurred, blocked-out--fuck you MTV!--before we cut back to the concert on the roof of a car or in a shopping mall or in what looks like some kid's dingy rec room, man that could be my rec room! and all the homegrown, local fans are loving it cuz this band is so fucking REAL man, YES, I love Knucklebutt! I can't live without MamaSLUDGe I'd die if Kracklewuss ever broke up or stopped putting out awesome records and it's so cool that they are still thrashing and keeping it real by kicking ass in parking lots and I know they're doing it cuz they got something to say and not because the camera's are on, and that they are taking part in this elaborately staged representation of a small punk concert instead of an actual small concert because they just love the music and NOT because they are selling a vision of my disaffection right on back to younger and stupider and more gullible and more vulnerable disaffected Crudd fans than I in order to move on, keep on moving on, moving on more and more units. NO WAY!

Papa Roach would never do that.

3 Comments:

Blogger Hurricane James said...

What a relief that there are other Knucklebutt fans out there. You rule!

August 10, 2004 at 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spend a scary amount of time obsessing about what life will be like when this bumper crop of highly suggestible Tylers, Bradens, Lucases and Madisons are in their 20s and I'm in my 40s.
Kind of makes me pray for nuclear holocaust a little.
xo Emily

August 11, 2004 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, you guys are just pissy cos' the current "rocker" generation is privy to SO many more varieties of starving, piercing, tattooing and generally fucking themselves up in the name of HIP.
Dude, pop will eat itself!
Nuclear holocaust, my arse!

August 11, 2004 at 10:19 AM  

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