When I think of comedians and their connection to music, probably one of the strongest bonds lies within the hard rock and metal communities. Ever since Sam Kinison decided to strap on a guitar and rock out with Slash and other rockers of his day the world has been intrinsically linked.
Today, comedians like Big Jay Oakerson, Doug Stanhope. Brian Posehn, Jim Forentine, and Don Jamieson all profess their love for metal. Oakerson toured with loud rock bands. Posehn has already released and Stanhope, Florentine and Jamieson are all poised to release new comedy material on record labels that are historically known for releasing metal albums.
The bond is even bigger for Florentine and Jamieson, both are the co-hosts of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show for the last 7 seasons and are often asked about the subject.
Jaimeson weighed in on the idea in a story this morning where he told hard rock website Noisecreep the following:
“Whenever you do any kind of parody of metal, there is a fine line and you have to know where it is. You can be funny about metal, but there is a certain line you cannot cross with fans. They don’t want to see it goofed on. I am not a fan of the Steel Panther thing; they are making fun of what we embraced in the ’80s. They play the songs great, but they are goofing on music that I love. You go and see their shows, and there are no metalheads in the audience.” [Noisecreep]
Every great comedian pulls material from his/her personal life, so it’s not surprising if these comedians love metal, it’s going to be worked into other aspects of their life. But I’d imagine people would agree that it’s somewhat elitist if comedians started casting judgment as to who and who did not have the right to mock the music in the name of comedy.
Metal often gets a bad rap (read blame) for a lot of other things in society it clearly cannot control. But when people in the metal community are are fighting with other people in the metal community, does anyone win? Is mocking metal hurting the community? Or are funny people taking things too seriously about music they have passion for?