Friday, March 11, 2005

Users are Losers (and Overt)

If you want to read the world's most inane discussion about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, go to msnbc. Here's a representative sample:

Helen: If the Pretenders never did anything past their first album, the band would still belong. The self-titled debut includes an obscure Kinks song, “Stop your Sobbing,” produced by Nick Lowe. Plus, Chrissie Hynde is hot, loudmouthed and opinionated. And two of the original members are dead. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died of a heroin overdose in 1982 — two days after they kicked bassist Pete Farndon out of the group for doing drugs. Then Farndon died of an overdose the next year. You don’t get more rock and roll than that.
I really hate that there are people who think that killing yourself with drugs is "rock and roll." Besides being irresponsible, it's also not very accurate. Letting drugs take over your life is definitely not "rock and roll," it's just tragic. That's why most Advanced musicians stop using drugs.

Update: I hope you'll pardon the high horse. I just believe it's ghoulish to think it's cool for someone to die young.

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