Mammal’s Merry memories: Three takes on Sympathy for the Devil

devil-doll-girl-teen-costume2My parents’ generation couldn’t relate to the music of ’60s at all. There were two dominant bands and both were evil. The Beatles grew their hair long (horrible) and John Lennon said The Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ among young people (blasphemy, burn him). The Rolling Stones were rough and coarse as well as long-haired, they were loved by motorbike gangs (sex, drugs and rock’n’roll) and obviously worshipped Satan because of this song, released in 1970.

Blood, Sweat & Tears — to my mind, still the benchmark for jazz-rock — fared little better with the older folks. They played modern jazz (you call that music?) and rock (yes, all devil’s music) and this song proved they were also Satanists.

More than 40 years later, it is the majority of my children’s generation that can’t relate to metal (you call that music? again) and includes some who think metal is all satanic. The Czech black/thrash band Törr has confirmed that by covering this song.

We’re all damned, I tell you!




About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on April 6, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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