America! F**k Yeah!!!!!
Posted by RiffRaff
So today is the 4th of July. The day the whole world celebrate just how awesome the U.S.A. is and the citizens of the States celebrate their superiority in the world by getting rip-roaring drunk, eating their own weight in meat, buying explosives from other countries (mainly China), and blowing shit up. It’s damn good time for all. How do you celebrate the 4th of July in your country?
But in all seriousness the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is one of the most loved holidays in the United States. Families and friends get together and party hard in celebration of the day the States gained their independence from the British and marks the start to what is easily one of the most controversial countries in the world. One thing I love about America is the deep and diverse culture we Americans have. Having so many immigrants from so many different parts of the world has led to this mish mash of random mannerisms from other countries that lends its self to letting an American have a taste of the rest of the world without having to leave the country’s borders (which is a double-edged sword). But the thing I love most about the States is the music. Always a trendsetter in the aural entertainment market some of the most loved aspects of music originated in the States, like you know, the blues, which is the base of rock and roll and by proxy heavy metal.
Today I’m just going to brain fart out some songs and bands that make me think of the stars and strips, amber waves of grain, and sea to shining sea as well as other things love about the U.S.A. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Fuck Yeah!!!!
When I think of American bands, Clutch are always the first band to come to mind. Maybe because their unique sound is heavily influenced by the Appalachian style of blues and folk music and Gospel music. Every time I pop on a Clutch record memories of the many times I’ve soaked in the nature along the Appalachian Trail pour into my mind as well as a driving urge to want to drive a souped up Camaro and drink more than my fill of tasty American micro-brew beers (separately of course 😉 ).
Scissorfight also has the same effect on me as Clutch does. Good ol’ hard rock and roll, with some banjo.
But really, Clutch is super American and all, but if there’s one band I’d name that really captures all the trappings of the United States in the form of heavy metal, well, the blue ribbon would be quickly placed on Pantera. Really, cowboys, Jack Daniels, partying, piss and vinegar, rebellion, cowboys, and simply being a band that is larger than life. Really, crank your speakers up to 12 (Americans always need to do it one higher than the Brits 😉 ) and don’t tell me that this song doesn’t make you want to down copious amounts of whisky and blow shit up. Ahhh, ‘Murica.
And as I said above, American culture is made up of a mix of many other cultures. And when those other cultures start to become widely accepted we like to put a small twist to them and just call them our own. Like tacos, hamburgers, or Iced Earth. This one goes out to our past oppressors 😉 Yaaaaaa bitch! We stole your new wave of British heavy metal. What ya gonna do ’bout it?
And Americans are very competitive. Really, it’s a serious fault of ours. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t say it hasn’t led to the U.S. having the most entertaining and widely varied sports it has as well as some rivalries that lead to hilarious outcomes for both sides. One of the biggest rivalries is in the comedy sector between the U.S.of A. and the tea-loving Brits. Since the dawn of time we have been going back and forth trying to one up each other on who has the best and lowest quality of dick and fart jokes and low-brow humor. For years it has been neck and neck, but with bands like The Bloodhound Gang out there, us Americans know how to give them Brits a run for their money.
As far as being trendsetters, America has unleashed a lot of pain upon the world. I’d like to personally apologize for the rise of boy bands, corporate pop/rock, and Michael Bay movies. But if there is one thing that I think the world should be thankful of America for, it’s the start of the Thrash Metal movement, in particular the Bay Area Thrash. Metallica, Slayer, Angel Witch, Machine Head, just to name a few. If it weren’t for that explosion of thrash metal during the early 80’s I think we’d all be listening to hair metal or Yanni today.
To represent the Thrash Metal movement, I feel I need to highlight Dave Mustaine and his band Megadeth. I’m sure if you’re reading this you already know about his roots with Metallica and all, and love him or hate him, he pretty much is one of the, if not the, founding father of Thrash. He is also very politically critical (even if he has really stuck that foot of his a bit too deep into his mouth lately), much like Americans are. We love to criticize and bash our politicians (but in retrospective, what country doesn’t?), and one thing that made Megadeth really stand out from the crowd during their early years is how they incorporated political topics into their music yet also made it to the mainstream for a wide audience to hear.
And really, one can not talk about politics in music without mentioning Rage Against the Machine and their timeless adage “Fuck You I Won’t Do What You Tell Me!!!!” Spoken like a true American.
But back to being trendsetters, how happy do you think that the rest of the world is that Hair Metal never really left the States much. If it did, that ozone layer would be so much more fucked than it already is. Though I don’t think anyone would notice over the sound of partying, having a good time, and the inch thick layer of hairspray and lipstick clogging the earholes.
And really, U.S.A. wouldn’t be what it is today with out the love of the rest of the world. We are always delighted when a foreign band sings of our lovely country even if we can’t understand the lyrics.
But in all honesty, I love the United States. Warts and all. Far from perfect and often the biggest assholes on the planet; I am happy to have grown up in such a cool country. If you forget the whole war thing and that our politicians are fucking morons, if any foreigner comes to visit you will discover some of the most beautiful nature you will find on Earth and meet some of the most friendly and welcoming people you will ever meet. So Americans, this post is for you. I will be celebrating with you all in spirit today as I get myself a nice greasy burger and suck down a nice cold beer. America!! Fuck Yeah!!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!