- Jul 17, 2012
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Hey, don't read too much into it. I'm kind of being existential about it & at the same time, just trying to be entertaining & thought provoking. Just try to smile & enjoy the ride buddy.You mention "pretentious" numerous times in your post. Wearing cool clothes or shades is not pretentious in anyway. Elvis wore cool suits in his hep-cat early days. Led Zep wore blue jeans. Hendrix always wore a cool headband. Why do you consider that pretentious?
I never liked KISS at all, but I was never bothered by their make up. You seem to miss the fact that rock and roll is not education; it's not a part of the medical field; it's not a military branch. It's entertainment! Yes, it is art, but art should also entertain in order to reach a wider audience.
A part of rock and roll is show business. Whatever per centage one wants to put on that is up to them. But you seem to feel 0% of rock and roll is entertainment/show business. That's absurd. Even Dylan strapped on a super cool futuristic looking Stratocaster and went electric.
Just like clown suits are part of the show, that's exactly what we're getting right here.. but with words. C'mon man. There were a couple of gems that had to make you laugh in that last post eh?? Hey.. where did the smiley face emoji's go man?? wtf??
Whew! Found it!
That said, here is a big difference between this Elvis..
And fat clown suit Elvis..
Could there have been a clown-show Elvis without the talented good looking (& rather normally dressed) Elvis coming first?
Of course not, but lots of people want to jump right into the rockstar / dress up / go out & 'pretend' before they achieve the level of talent & skill required to be truly impressive.
& I'm pretty sure in the beginning Led Zeppelin dressed exactly like they wanted too & felt like dressing! That was real to them, not dress up! OK, Percy did get a little too 'silly girl' carried away looking for me that came after some success. Although today this wouldn't raise an eyebrow.. But back in the 70's.. he looked pretty damn silly bra. And that's why his own mates called him frik'n Percy in the first place!
My point is you don't need to copy (aka be a poser) & play dress up to make great music! Learn & master your fvking instrument & impress me people! That is exactly what is being lost today! If you want to dress up & entertain people then consider joining the circus & don a clown suit. or maybe get a Fat Elvis gig on the strip somewhere.
Where are the serious / talented / impressive / inspirational guitar players today?? Gone?? Dying off?? (RIP Eddie) But how many half-asser un-practiced pretentious wanna-be's are out there 'playing' rock star?
How many people do you personally know that can really dig into the guitar & make you feel something??
Playing rockstar & dress up has become more important than actually being an accomplished musician! and that my friend is bass ackward!
I've seen this more & more as I've gotten older. Devotion to mastering your instrument is forgotten as soon as people can play enough to fake their way through some songs, put on their clown show outfit of choice, book a gig & play fvking rockstar for the night. It's disgusting & frik'n sad when you realize it is real man.
When I was younger, almost everybody was capable of playing some kind of instrument. Some were better than others & some were more serious than others. Now, it is almost impossible to put together a really talented band that has any chance of sticking together long enough to achieve anything.
Practice, being prepared & developing virtuosity is an old school novelty that nobody seems to have the desire or time for anymore.
So in closing I will simply ask this question. Which is more important.. the music.. or the dress up? Do you need to dress-up in a clown outfit to play music? Do you need to be able to play music to wear a clown suit?? The answer is NO! & wtf??.. I'm not sure but I think the right answer is NO!
I think talent, ability, dedication & mastery of the craft has to come before the clown show starts. Look at the examples you posted above. They didn't start out looking like a clown show did they? If anything I think they represented the typical styles of their time, social status & society in which they lived.
I think one of the most important things I can do here is advocate for the importance of having a true devotion to trying to play to the best of each of our ability through practicing, learning & practicing some more! Anybody can dress up, but how many people can really play the fvking guitar with mastery? Like my best buddy's older brother always told me with a grin after every band practice in their basement when I was a teenager, "Keep practicing kid!"
& just like I told my sisters.. Zepplin Rules & KISS fvkin Svks! Then I'd knock their dolls on the floor & run out of the room while they yelled & screamed..