In the past two days I saw two of my favorite bands, Bane and The Bouncing Souls. Now I'm home, I flip through the TV and the MTV Video Music Awards are on. I just can't help but think of how special the punk rock/hardcore scene is. In punk rock, our favorite artists aren't idolized through a television screen. They say hi to us, greet us with a smile and a hug. We jump on stage, grab the mic and sing along with them. It often baffles me when I think how some kids will never know anything beyond MTV or what's being played on the radio. I don't want to devalue that stuff or try to downplay it because there's value in almost anything, and if it makes you happy then that's great. The past two days have reaffirmed something I've always believed though, that there's something special happening in these small clubs, venues, basements and VFW's. There's something that you can't find anywhere else and it's still alive and well, no matter who says it's dead.
Here's two songs, one from Bane and one from The Bouncing Souls. Both these songs are about the relationship between fan and artist that doesn't involve a TV screen or a seat hundreds of feet away.
"The best reason I can think of to have come all this way
You are what this means to me
You crouched in the corner
Rolling dice before the show
With a smile and a hug
"I've been counting down the days""
"You say we have been there for you
In all the tough times of your life
Remember you have been there too
Greatest friends I've ever seen,
Know what I mean"
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.