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On Paul McCartney, 'American Idol,' and the death of Heavy Metal.

by Dr. Spin
August 12, 2002

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Satanic Message Silliness_Dr. Spin-On Paul McCartney, 'American Idol,' and the death of Heavy Metal. Dear Dr. Spin,

Fifteen to twenty years ago the recording industry changed from vinyl to compact disk. It seems to me that, at about that time, Heavy Metal began to fade from the popular culture. Is this because these denizens of the devil could no longer record their Satanic messages backwards?

Yours, Oche Dremon

Dear Mr. Dremon,

There are several causes of the demise of the Heavy Metal bands of the ‘80’s, and you touched on one of them. The phasing out of the standard vinyl LP marked a very sad turn in the history of recorded music (see my article, Waxing About Wax), and the inability for Heavy Metal bands to “back-mask” Satanic messages was just one of the many casualties of that black day.

Another major cause of the decline in Heavy Metal’s popularity was the renewed environmental movement of the ‘90’s. The hole in ozone layer grew to its largest size during the ‘80’s, when glam Heavy Metal bands were at their height. In order to get that “big hair” look of the ‘80’s, Metal bands went through gallons of hair spray, which we now know contained deadly CFCs that contributed to the depletion of the ozone. Scientists can claim it was the factories, automobiles, and the absence of “clean-air” acts, but we know the truth! The environmental movement killed Heavy Metal!

Closely related to that was the cost of putting gallons of hair spray into their hair every night. In order to maintain that “Metal” look, bands would have to use half their budget on hair spray. Metal bands went broke just on cosmetic costs alone!

Add to that what I call the “Samson factor;” once metal bands cut their hair, they lost their power to produce music the popular culture wanted. Sad, but true; have you seen Jon Bon Jovi lately? Have you heard Bon Jovi’s latest album on the radio? This is the Samson factor in its most perfect example.

Dear Dr. Spin,

I hope you are going to include some commentary on the supposed satanic elements (backwards masked?) of "Stairway to Heaven." I don't really like the song too much, but it is a cool little ditty to play on the guitar and impress people!

Reffins Natas

PS: Can you also comment on the Eagles' satanic connection sometime as well?

Dear Ref,

“Stairway to Heaven” would be a cool little ditty to play on guitar and impress people, if everyone else didn’t learn it to play on the guitar and impress people. Three Rock songs that every guitarist learns are 1. “Smoke on the Water” 2. “Stairway to Heaven” 3. “Merrily We Roll Along” (it’s in all the beginning guitar books). As I said in my last article, “Stairway to Heaven” is the most over-rated song in Rock’s history. Coming a close second is the Beatles’ “A Day in a Life.”

As far as “satanic messages” in “Stairway to Heaven,” the only “subliminal” message that seems to come across is “Play this song over and over. Build entire classic Rock radio programs around this song!”

It is obvious that the Eagles have no satanic connections. Why do I say this? Not a single member of their band has died yet. All bands with satanic connections have a key member die an untimely death. There are about 27 members, past and present, of the Eagles, and they’re all still kicking.

Dr. Spin,

Have you been paying attention to the new hit on the Fox network, American Idol, where the viewers and three judges help decide who America's new hot pop star will be? Is this any way for a talented singer to hit the big time? Legitimate or illegitimate?

No fan of pop

Dear No Fan,

I have not seen “American Idol,” nor do I intend to. I do know through various articles I’ve read on the program that one of the judges has been nicknamed “Judge Dredd,” because of his brutal and somewhat vicious honesty. However, the show seems to me to be pretty much like “Star Search,” which has exposed us to talents such as Alanis Morrisette, LeAnn Rimes, and Usher; so your question as to whether “American Idol” is a legitimate way to be discovered should be answered on how you feel about those singers.

The Pop Music world has always seemed to be more about style over substance, and in a world where people with absolutely no talent get plenty of exposure, (“Survivor,” “Fear Factor,” that stupid thing on FOX with the Alaskan brides) it is nice to show that puts unknowns on that have at least some entertainment talent, limited as it might be.

Dear Dr. Spin,
Who discovered Paul McCartney for "Wings" and what was he doing before this big break?
Sincerely, Wings Fan

Dear Fan,

James Paul McCartney began his carrier in an obscure English skiffle band called the Quarrymen. There were various member changes, and the band eventually changed their name to the Beatles. The Beatles struggled for the next decade, but did manage to chart 27 number one singles worldwide.

After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Paul McCartney made a few solo records, but they failed to match even the limited success of his former band, the Beatles. Luckily for McCartney, his talented wife, Linda, met Denny Laine. Denny Laine was, of course, an ex-member of the highly successful Moody Blues.

Having rode the success of fame already, Laine was leery of starting a new band with the relatively unknown McCartney, but Paul’s consent that Linda would also be a member of the band sealed the deal for Laine. Laine also liked the idea of finally shedding his “Moody Blue Denny” identity. Paul insisted the band be called “Wings” because he believed this band would help him ride on the wings of success after so many years in anonymity. Luckily for him, it paid off.

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