Thursday, August 17, 2006

Just mulling over the relationship between music and comedy tonight as I try to write something spiritually wise about Brian Posehn's Live In: Nerd Rage album (which I like very much) for the mag.

As Dave Chappelle points out in Block Party, every comedian wants to be a musician, and every musician thinks he's funny.

Both professions demand that you be both ballsy and screwed-up if you're to survive and prosper. Both professions invite rejection and disdain from an undiscerning public on the way up the ladder of fame, and once success is achieved, losing your vital “edge” is inevitable as you start to depend on that undiscerning public to put bread on your table. In that sense, Metallica are the Robin Williams of heavy metal.

1 comment:

FredCQ said...

The Metallica/Robin Williams connection is spot on. Great observation. I would go a step further and say that even writers want to be rock stars. I remember when Stephen King and a few other well known writers formed a band in the 80s. Neil Gaiman wants to be a rock star too.

And so do I. Although, we all know how small the market is for doom metal, which is what I would probably end up playing.