Monday, August 22, 2011

Music Monday: The Kills

I retired Music Monday at my other blog recently, partially out of a frustration with the sorry state of video sharing, and partially because I felt like it was not a well received series of posts on an atheist-themed blog… especially since most of the music I posted was by people in some sort of religion, and I even featured songs that mentioned pro-religious topics or views.

I never got that concept, not listening to someone’s music because of their religious or political views. I like the Charlie Daniels Band, despite their southern sympathies. I like music by Scientologists like Beck, or Muslims like Busta Rhymes. I just can’t ignore a catchy tune, even if it’s got a superstitious message behind it.

It’s as foolish as trying to write off the greatness of Michelangelo’s “David” on the grounds that the subject is a mythological hero. And atheists are especially cruel towards Christians, while being somehow fine with Jewish, Muslim (sometimes), or especially ancient Greek or Roman cults. I think it would be best to just leave religious prejudice out of all things art.

Then there are bands I know little or nothing about, like the Kills. I know the male/female duo who formed the band are British and American, respectively, but I don’t know much of anything about their religion or political views, nor do I try to tease such ideas from their music. Instead, I try to let music drown out those more dire concepts from time to time.

What a horrible thing it would be… to let something you enjoy get ruined by something you take so seriously.

To set some sort of precedent and switch things up, I think I’ll take a stab of making some sort of colorful simile for each band I feature. So, here it goes…

The Kills sound like Nico-era Velvet Underground being raped at a Riot Grrrl concert.

I swear, they sound better than I just made them out to be. These will get better over time… because now they can’t get any worse.

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