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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

INTELLIGENCE IN ROCK

I have been reading 'Thin Lizzy' by Alan Byrne, and watching 'Too Hot To Handle', a DVD retrospective about UFO.

Not for the first time, I'm struck by how, well, not bright some of my musical heroes come off.

In the Zevon book, it's mentioned more than once by his literary friends that he was unusual in the Rock world because he was a smart dude.

I've always been defensive of this attitude, but it has finally sunk in that it doesn't take Mensa credentials to write and play rockin' tunes.

It is also not exactly news that genius is often accompanied by chronic weirdness.

I have also reaffirmed the notion that there's no accounting for taste, and opinions are like assholes for obvious reasons.

Comments:
Any humorous examples of dumb-dom?
 
Me thinks this is why Spinal Tap practically wrote itself.
 
It's just the way a lot of these guys come offin interviews. They talk at the eighth grade reading level. I don't want to name names, but I will say that the a certain bass player for a certain metal band who also writes most of the tunes and has his spandexed leg firmly planted on the wedge monitor and his sword fighting lead singer are not exactly brainiacs.
 
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