Today's Music Sucks!!!!!

Most people look at me like I'm crazy. Nearly everyone I know listens to the mind numbing music of the twenty-first century. There are things that **** me off, and then there are things that push me over the edge. That is one of them. I don't know if its a teenage thing but I have gone through, "fazes" . When I first got into music, it was because of the Beatles. Man I loved the Beatles. Almost to the point of obsession. That is when I first started playing drums so I wanted to be Ringo Starr. I would change my drums around to be like his were, and I would play in the same style. Then early sixth grade, Led Zeppelin came into the picture. I had watched the concert film "The Song Remains The Same" and saw John Bonham's twenty minute drum solo, ( nineteen of which I spend with my jaw dropped). My reaction was, "holy crap that was crazy". I added a second floor tom to my set up, and a big ride cymbal mounted to the bass drum. I had upped the sizes of my drums to a Bonham standard. 26x14, 10x14, 16x16, 18x16, & 14x6.5, I had briefly changed to Paiste cymbals but switched back to Zildjian. I was so happy I didn't have to leave Ludwig drums. I remember lugging that ride cymbal around. Here's a 12 year old kid playing and moving this professional sized drum set. That Paiste ride, geez, had to be twenty pounds. After the Zeppelin faze I realized that as a drummer I don't have to copy the same kit style that the drummer I like uses. I realized I can make it what I ever I want, because its my kit. I kept a four piece set up until the Queen faze, I'll get to that in a bit. After Zeppelin came the AC/ DC faze. I liked their almost heavy metal feel. You have Angus Young with his power chords and over the top solos, Phil Rudd with his consistent drumming (using the hi hat in every song as the main cymbal), Brian Johnson screaming at the top of his lungs in a voice only he can do. Then Malcolm Young and Cliff Williams keeping the rhythm going. There wasn't an AC/ DC song I didn't like. After the AC/ DC faze, I got into reggae, not playing just listening. At the same time I got into Queen. After watching Roger Taylor, I super-sized my kit. Three rack toms, two floor toms, and over a dozen cymbals. I had a gong for a while from the Zeppelin days. I looked so small next to that kit, I was 5' 4" at the time and was dwarfed by it. The gong alone was over half my size if you put it on the floor. I remember one time I played for my school. That was the first time I didn't set up my kit. And during the show at the conclusion of Bohemain Rhapsody I hit the gong then turned around only to get hit in the face by 30 pound piece of metal, it knocked me off my seat over my drum set knocking the Tom I had on a stand over. Then a looked up as my 20" crash came crashing down, no pun intended. So there I was laying on the gym floor flat on my back, my head felt like a fat guy was sitting on it. My forehead was cut from the cymbal. It was a bloody mess. I ended up having a concussion from the gong and I needed stitches from the cymbal. Believe it or not I refused to go to the hospital until I finished the show. I ended the show with my rendition of Moby ****, which only lasted 15 minutes because I cut out the part with the Timpani's. When seventh grade came around. I felt as if it were a new beginning. For the first time I felt accomplished as a drummer. Seventh grade was a big year for my love life as well, you can read about that in my other story, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Seventh grade started and right away I get into Ozzy. Paranoid was my choice song of the time. Soon after that the glam rock image started getting applied to my self. Mostly it was me growing my hair really long. Soon it was down to my shoulders. I really looked like a rocker. Some considered me goth, others were fascinated. Their deal was here's this kid who's not afraid to look different. I took some heat for not sagging, or wearing skinny jeans, or have an ear ring. Most of the heat came when I wore a Led Zeppelin tee shirt to school. They were like "I thought you were a cross dresser not a hippy." At the time I really looked like I should be in the seventies. I guess they could have considered me a cross dresser, long hair, a bandana, lose fitting shirts, the only thing that could've thrown them off was that a had a beard. That ended the hippy faze. I stuck to band tee shirts, cargo shorts and a clean shave, I made sure to get some muscle tone in my arms to be on the safe side. I ended up looking a lot like Izzy Stradlin. That was about the same time when I got introduced to Guns N' Roses. Man, GNR was the coolest thing I had ever seen. They influenced me tremendously, they were, at the time when they came out, a bunch of teen agers who had the same wants and dreams as me. They wanted to get rid of the dance music and pop metal that was killing the eighties. Same with me, I wanted to wipe hip-hop and rap off the face of this planet. I saw a bit of my self in each of those guys, Axl I saw temper I had, Duff, I saw they lasted back, "chill" part of me, Slash I saw the inner beast that was inside me, Steven, I saw the drumming of me in him, I played a lot like him, and we had the same influences, Zeppelin, Kiss, Black Sabbath and others, me and him are very similar. Then there's Izzy, when I saw him, I thought there was a reflection, so I moved away from the window and I still saw the same picture. I looked almost exactly like him. Izzy was the quiet member of the group intent on getting the job done. The other members would describe Izzy as being, "Izzy's just Izzy" that's how a lot of people would describe me, "Mike's just Mike". There is no way to describe us. We're just us. That is the closest you can get. The Guns N' Roses faze hasn't left me. I don't think it will because of the amount of similarity between my story and theirs. Recently I joined a band called RōD KILL. We started out pretty similar to GNR. Hopefully our faits will turn out the same and we'll get famous as rid the earth of the Rap and Hip-Hop that has been polluting this planet music wise.
wildmike1998 wildmike1998
18-21, M
1 Response Jan 6, 2013

I always complain about how today's music is crap, and it really is! There is very little effort and talent put into it. It's kinda funny cause the first band I fell in love with we're The Beatles, I was so madly in love with them and I still am. That was about 4 yrs ago, they introduced me to rock and roll! I love all the bands from the 60s and 70s The Who, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen are my favorite bands ! I just have to say that I love your story! It's kinda similar to what is happening with me, I bought a bass guitar a couple months ago because I wanted to learn to play like John Entwistle. I'm getting better and I'm trying to write lyrics so that I can start my own band some day and bring back rock and roll.

Thank you. Good luck with your bass guitar. If you ever want to see good drum covers, check me out on YouTube at DontMockTheSox15. I wish you well in finding a band. It took me four years to get in RōD Kill, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.