Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Is Wrong About Punk

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Todd Owyoung
Bruce!
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with the Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," he also said a few harsh words about punk rock, referring to it as rubbish and saying that the lack of talent in punk was an excuse to call it performance art. He goes on to state, "Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money, and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.'"

Not totally untrue. The problem, however, lies in his words that immediately follow that thought:

"But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy-metal band surrounded by porn stars."

Whoa, waitaminute. Perhaps the English icon is referring strictly to the British punk bands of the '70s and '80s, citing some sort of inside info. After all, dude's basically a rock god. However, and no disrespect meant to porn stars, but the idea that punks wish they were living decadent lives in heavy-metal bands is way off-base.

For starters, identifying yourself as a metalhead doesn't mean the same thing that it used to. As metalheads are often shy outcasts growing up, becoming extremely proficient at an instrument and knowledegable of your genre was integral to the preservation of the minuscule ego you were clinging to. Through this principle, you formed communities and bands -- excellent metal was almost guaranteed, because playing eyeball-spinning, creative and blazing-fast music was all some people had going for them.

Then in the early 2000s, some terrible things happened to the genre through the Internet: First, it exposed a bunch of cool and dark bullshit to cute little dudes who could use it to get girls. Second, it removed the mysterious and evil veil that metal had to reveal a bunch of dorks. We found out that death-metal bands didn't kill people and gothic-metal bands slept in small apartments, not graves.

Metal is no longer scary to anyone aside from your friend's religious nutjob parents -- it's something a large part of society considers to be fairly juvenile. Unless you live in rural South Carolina, no one looks at your long hair and thinks you sacrifice animals in the middle of the night.

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HB Steeley
HB Steeley

He's commenting on the late 70s British punk movement which was short lived and based a lot on fashion. Some good music came out of it but a lot of the artists involved moved on to more experimental and interesting music. You must remember punk in Britain was a Top 10 phenomenon unlike in America where it stayed underground until the 90s. Also, I remember Bruce once saying he was a roadie for The Clash when he was young. To paraphrase the Dude, he's not wrong, he's just an asshole.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

RFT is just homo stoners... Nobody pays that much attention to there bs criticism. If its not about homosexual activity, weed or folk music...The'll say it sucks. Lames.

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Lol some will never get it and some will make up self aggrandizing statements based on little but opinion and ego.

Nathan Ernst
Nathan Ernst

"There are punk shows regularly happening where people light their genitals on fire, hurdle giant pieces of broken glass into the audience, or huff glue out of a bowling ball." Wow, RFT, you sure proved Bruce's statement wrong! First rate journalism!

Jeff Keniston
Jeff Keniston

Already read the gibberish from Bruce, the most overrated frontman of all time. And for the record and IMHO, Maiden as a whole is over fucking rated. They should have called it quits before the 5th album. Loved this snippet from the article: Although there are people in any scene who use music solely as a place to drink and stare at their iPhones, the average punk community contains an oddly large amount of dedicated men and women who are proud to screw up their jobs, lose money booking bands and stay up late with violent drunks for the sake of propagating art. And that's where Bruce Dickinson has it wrong -- neglecting the fact that there are (and always have been) people out there who are proud to be punk losers because it means they care about something bigger than themselves.

Tony Ro
Tony Ro

One more reason why I prefer Paul Di'Anno.

Chris Lafser
Chris Lafser

Are you trying to say that there is talent in punk?

Karl Richards
Karl Richards

Actually a lot of punk bands were inspired by heavy metal and various other art forms. They just don't feel the need to conform to the stereotypes of needing drugs and exploiting women as porn stars.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

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jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

In one corner we have the singer of shit metal leather band iron maiden and in the other we have shit writer andrew 'hipster load' ailes! May the biggest douche win in this battle royale douche off!!

Jonathan Baker
Jonathan Baker

Maiden rules ! Completely well written and performed music.

cmcmc
cmcmc

My dog's favorite band is Styx.

Adam C Gabor
Adam C Gabor

Iron Maiden IS one of the greatest bands of all time.

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

If that's what they wanted to be doing, then they would be doing it.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

the writer lost me after,"greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time."

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