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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:08 PM

18. I would disagree with him on one point


That Ryan doesn't understand Rage or that Christie doesn't understand Springsteen (I'll give him Manson and the Beatles).

I think both of these guys understand the lyrics of these artists perfectly well. They know they don't stand for what the artist stands for and they don't really care, because they like the music. This kind of thing is quite common. Lyrics are very imoprtant, but I think the music is what usually moves people. Bruce could be singing about cauliflower and it would still move people, because he's a talented guy.

Take gangster rap. I think Dr. Dre is a great producer and Snoop is a great rapper. But I don't support slapping hos, calling all women bitches, or shooting somebody because they looked at you the wrong way. In fact, I abhor all of that behavior. But I like the music because the people who made it are good at what they do.

I don't think you have to buy the lyrics or even the message to be a fan of a musical artist. Music is for everybody, after all, because it doesn't discriminate. It's there for you whenever you want it. If Rage Against the Machine didn't have or desire mass appeal, they never would have signed a major-label recording contract.

Of course, he does have a point. Rage and Bruce do have messages and they are totally at odds with what Ryan and Christie do. But I've never faulted people for liking what they like.

Unless it's Madonna . . .

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