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Aren’t they better than the erasers!?!? I bought like five bags of them!
I’m constantly enraged/baffled by people who try to argue that, “Black people just aren’t into Heavy Metal.”
Firstly, when you say, “Black people just don’t like x, y, or z.” you’re basically saying they’re just not capable of enjoying x, y, and z, so congrats, you’re a dehumanizing, racist prick and why the fuck would they want to discuss Heavy Metal with you anyway.
BUT ALSO. Are you just completely fucking unaware of the history of contemporary music? You wouldn’t even be listening to Heavy Metal without the invention of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, and who do you have to thank for that? It sure as fuck isn’t Elvis.
I’m beginning to think some people just didn’t have to get accustomed to douche bags giving them Heavy Metal/Punk Rock pop quizzes their entire adolescence. Hmm. Fucking suspicious.
Sorry not sorry. I’m wicked pissed right now and I’m going snap necks and send souls to Chuck Berry for final judgement.
Hi. Proud metalhead for 28 years and counting. And I happen to be black.
I cannot stand it when people say we’re not into metal (or any other music that isn’t rap or R&B). Even worse when you see a photo of a black person wearing a band shirt or a painted jacket or battle vest, and the majority of the comments are things like “I bet they don’t even know who those bands are” and “they need to get out of our scene and stick with their own music”.
Those comments are usually couched between gratuitous n-bombs, btw.
Newsflash: METAL IS FOR EVERYONE.
Especially the outsiders, outcasts, and the underdogs. Y’know. The three things us black folk are in society.
I always see quotes about how the metal scene is accepting and how it’s for anyone who ever felt like a freak to come together with like-minded individuals, yet ironically some people want to police who can and can’t listen or take part in the scene. Not only does that apply to race, but oftentimes it goes for gender and sexuality as well, but that’s a discussion for another time.
tl;dr: Metal doesn’t belong to one particular group. It’s for anyone who’s into the music, regardless of their color.
To sum things up as simply as possible:
1. Heavy metal comes from rock and roll.
2. Rock and roll comes from the blues.
3. The blues was a predominantly black scene.
4. Furthermore, rock and roll was created by black people. Little Richard? Chuck Berry? These names ring a bell with you? These individuals created rock and roll before Elvis Presley came on the scene.
5. If you’re a racist asstwit who embraces heavy metal or rock music, then you are a walking contradiction. Enough said.
TBH, it’s much simpler, as early heavy metal comes directlly from blues - groups like Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer or Blue Öyster Cult, precursors of the genre, didn’t have much to do with rock and roll and played rather slow, blues-y music. Rock and roll - or, to be more exact, hard rock (which, by the way, comes from rock and roll with blues elements itself) - influences didn’t show up until late 1970s, when groups like Judas Priest, Motörhead and Iron Maiden popularized what was then known as speed metal and now is usually considered a continuation of classic heavy rather than a separate genre.
tl;dr: Heavy metal comes directly from black blues, as confirmed by many of the classic metal musicians. People who claim it to be just a white people’s thing are not only racist duchebags, but also fucking ignorant.
Yeah, I’m quite familiar with Summertime Blues by Blue Cheer - which, incidentally enough, is probably more bluesy than the Eddie Cochran original itself (which does contain blues, but is more rockabilly than blues proper). I should probably dig some more into Black Sabbath.
As for Led Zeppelin, I guess they were always more blues-rock than they were heavy metal. Their first album even contains two blues covers: I Can’t Quite You Baby and You Shook Me. For the latter, I actually prefer the Muddy Waters original - even though I do remain being a big Led Zeppelin fan, while recognizing that they’ve done problematic stuff.
But, yeah, those are some very good points to consider.
I would argue it’s pretty difficult to initially separate Blues and Rock when discussing these bands, and especially when discussing British bands. This is for a few reasons: You have Chicago Blues gaining international attention via various labels, namely Chess Records. This record label had both Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry signed. The two were highly influenced by one another. It was in 1958 that Muddy Waters toured the UK, effectively bringing Blues overseas. Not only that, but he brought electric blues. It was shocking, as it was the first time British audiences were exposed to anything but acoustic. Muddy Waters almost single-handedly inspired the British blues movement and later on the British Invasion of the mid-1960’s.
In 1964, Chuck Berry successfully toured the UK, on the tail end of Beatlemania, and was like a breath of fresh air for those sick of saccharine pop. The Rolling Stones swept in with their Blues laden Rock, (They had their popular, “2120 South Michigan Avenue” track, which was a reference to the location for Chess Record labels in Chicago, so heyyy) and I would argue It’s in the late 60’s when we get the earliest precursors/incarnations of Heavy Metal. Like in all things, some socioeconomics played a part, and countercultures formed, and enter Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath, and of course in America, Blue Cheer were ahead of the game, and later on Blue Oyster Cult and etc etc etc.
You are too KIND but I feel ridiculous because I didn’t even do anything strenuous. I literally just sit like this all the time
and that’s what did it. I need to make up a less-embarrassing story. I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.
AND THANK YOU MY FRIEND<3
I will right now! I have like 5 messages I need to respond to! I’m soooo sorry, I have had the most ridiculous week ever. LONG STORY SHORT I tore my rib muscles and it hurts when I breathe hahaha good times but STILL NO EXCUSE FORGIVE ME <3 I’m on it right now!!!