A few days ago I dug out my Entombed records in search of some good inking music. As always I was blown away by the crude power of their music, and their way of infusing new life into old favorites.
Especially their cover of Kiss’ God of Thunder socked me in the face with the simple riff and deliciously idiotic lyrics. I was never a Kiss fan, and always thought that somehow their music didn’t add up to the band’s image.
Even so, I have been giving old Kiss records a new spin, and of course I was sorely disapponted. While the tunes themselves may still hold water, the delivery sounds lame and dated, like a 70’s Poison.
Sure, the production aesthetic of the time (bass and drums turned way down, vocals up front) has alot to answer for, but the content matter is a dead giveaway that Kiss were ever only a pop band at heart.
I mean, give me a break; Doctor Love?! That is almost equvalent to Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room …
The truth must be that not many of the 60’s and 70’s bands named as progenitors of heavy metal actually played in that genre (to begin with, anyway).
Black Sabbath started as a blues band, as did Deep Purple, only with a slight boogie inclination. Led Zeppelin were just sensitive, the way little boys who collect butterflies and play with dolls are.
Scratch that last homophobic remark, it just covers for the fact that I never cared enough for Zeppelin to give them a closer listen, either.
Was I trying to make a point before I got all lowbrow, along the lines of “art grows only when taking inspirations from other genres, applicable to music and comics alike”?
Um, no. But I’ll take your word for it 😉
It’s tru though, that comics only inspired by other comics are much like, well, the results of any other inbreeding: A bit soft in the head and prone to drooling.
Which reminds me I should write a post on Umbrella Academy someday 😉