In attempting to remember back when I was younger and listening to this music and why I liked it there were many reasons that came to mind. The energy, message, music itself, and the escape.
The bands and musicians spoke for us when we were younger and tried to actually explain to our parents us. This started decades before I started listening to music as heard in The Who’s “My Generation” and Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen”. This sentiment carries on throughout the history of hard rock with WASP ‘s “Headless Children” and The Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t Alright”.
This type of music gave stories of history and commentary of the world today. In those times when you were by yourself, the intelligence of the lyrics was given to you. This is no more evident that with the band Iron Maiden and the songs “Alexander the Great”, Flight of Icarus”, “Run to the Hills” and “Passchendaele”. It seems the harder the music was the more insightful the lyrics were as sited in Megadeth’s “Peace Sells” and “Foreclosure of a Dream”. There were many occasions that a reference guide was used to know and understand certain songs. “Sodom and Gomorrah” by WASP was one of those songs as well as the song “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam. These lessons were not always aggressive in nature as “Winds of Change” by the Scorpions and the Black Crowes “She Talks To Angels” have shown us. At the end of the day even Aerosmith got into the act with “Living on the Edge”.
One of the most possible items about listening to this music is that you read what inspired these songs and went to other actual author’s books. Many songs were inspired by the works of writers in the novel's world such as the inspiration of Stephen King works within Anthrax and Ayn Rand in many Rush opus’. Now this did not stop there because this was taken further with the highly intelligent concept albums, Green Day “American Idiot”, Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime I and II”, WASP’s “The Crimson Idol” and “The Neon God I and II” and essentially any album Rush gave to us early in their career.
During the time of growing up in those years of being a teenager, this parent remembers how hard it was to just believing , being an individual and standing up for what you believe in. The words of these artists always came through in “Gettin’ Better” by Tesla, “The Price” and “We’re Not Take It” by Twisted Sister, “I Wanna Be Somebody” By WASP, “Shout at the Devil” by Motley Crue, “Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson and “Ten Thousand Fists” by Disturbed.
To this parent, it is believed that other parent’s memories are short. We forget the awkwardness and fear of being a teenager and all the emotions that went it. Every generation replies on the words and music of this genre of music for the truth in their everyday word or the escape of it. We should have no fear as parents when this is brought into our homes and listened to. We should actually embrace it as there are more positives than negatives. In fact I do remember when my own child came home with a recording of this type of music. This parent looked at her and said, “Follow me. You need to listen to this.” It was an older CD by the same band with a more important message and it was heavier.