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Death Is No Replacement
Editors Note: Due
to the timeliness of Greenmuses rant this month we have moved publication
up a week. His column will return to its regular schedule next month.
This month we will taking a voyage into
the dark realm of death, no not Joan Rivers house, but we will delve into
the idea that when a person dies he or she suddenly becomes an innovator,
and an artistic genius, never do you hear the words oh well they were
a talentless hack, wheres my bacon bits?
Now I understand about not wanting to speak
ill of the dead but were does the truth fit into all this? Now dont get
me wrong I wish no one dead and revel in no ones death but if Courtney
Love was to get hit by a steamroller right now as you read this I guarantee
there would be MTV news pronouncing her the greatest female musician of
the decade when in reality where most of us live, she was a semi talented
person who rode on Kurt Cobains flannel shirt tails to stardom. Then there
would be a whole day devoted to her, her videos would be shown non-stop
and when not showing videos there would be interviews(conveniently edited
so we dont get to see the heroin addicted bink fall off a stool while
chatting to Kurt Loder). Yet real innovators who actually did something
for music can die and not be made a fuss over. I think you know who Im
talking about, Layne Staley.
Alice in Chains has influenced a lot, and
I mean a lot of bands since their heyday. Granted they have influenced
a lot of crappy rip offs, but you know what they say about imitation..
Sure he probably died of a heroin overdose, so the media doesnt like to
put that up next to their sponsors logo. But Left Eye Lopes is killed in
a car wreck and its all over the news, MTV and other stations. Suddenly
TLC, who no one has mentioned since their ode to superficialness No Scrubs
are once again thrust into the limelight. I admit it is sad when people
die young and tragically, Im not making fun of her death in the slightest,
but really what did TLC do differently, or better than anyone else? I know
Layne was kinda out of the spotlight of the mainstream for quite awhile,
but so was Joey Ramone and he got his due (granted quite a bit late considering
he was a living icon that needed 100 and half times the recognition he
got after his death, while he was living).
Death isnt funny and I dont mean to make
light of it or poke fun at dead people, but it is something I felt needed
to be addressed, so there it is. That is all from me for now, la fee verte