Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Is Wrong About Punk


While punk isn't much better in terms of the aesthetic associated with it, the people playing it are still often genuine deviants, freaks and transients. 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. In metal, maybe once every four years some band throws a goat skull and gets sued immediately after. But in punk rock, this shit happens regularly. And it's absolutely fascinating -- but you don't hear about it.

Why not? Because you have to know people in order to find it. Yeah, you can spend hours researching punk blogs and downloading obscure cassette tapes, but then what? By the time any of these releases are available for download, about half of these bands have broken up. Those that are together rarely publicize their tour dates, and many of them don't play legitimate venues. In order to know where to see a band that paints obscenities on themselves in the middle of their set, you have to get involved. You're forced to talk to people -- not only find out where shows are happening, but to help you navigate through the immense terrain that encompasses 40 years of obscure rock & roll. There aren't PR companies that distribute the latest underground punk record to 50 different review sites. The easiest way to learn about punk music is to talk to people who are really into it.

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.

Besides, I'd rather have a few drinks and bike around at night rather than spend a few years learning how to fly a fucking plane.

RFT MUSIC'S GREATEST HITS

The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever
This Incredible Make-A-Wish Teenager Went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, Got a Lap Dance (NSFW)
Crotching Whiskey at the Justin Bieber Concert and Getting Thrown Out: A Review
The Top Ten Ways to Piss Off Your Bartender at a Music Venue





Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
19 comments
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

Hey everyone were extending an invite to come check us out for all your blues memorabilia and just having a great time. We are doing a giveaway soon for a Kelly Chase autographed puck and we're having a get together on the 12th for all types of fun and prizes. If your a blues fan you don't want to miss this! www.facebook.com/groups/StlouisHockeyBuySellTrade/

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."

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Clubs

Loading...