Three of arguably the biggest influences on kids over the last three decades. The way that Wentz can post a new blog entry and have kids writhing around in fits on the floor from sheer joy. Cobain can cause an entire generation of youth to think about their deepest - and definitley darkest - emotions, at the same time as having them moshing mindlessly. Simmons slaps some clown-like makeup on and all of a sudden it's cool to spit blood.
Sounds like a bit of a cult to me.
Now don't get me wrong, I love all three of these musicians. My nick-name is "Pete" after - you guessed it - Pete Wentz himself. The first song I played on my electric guitar was "Smells Like Teen Spirit". I am forcing my best friend to come to my sixteenth birthday as Gene Simmons.
OMG. I am part of the cult.
So anyway you're probably thinking that so far this blog is pretty much meaningless right? Well, it's not entirely meaningless.
I was just wondering: what makes kids click? It's probably a question asked everyday by the three cult leaders themselves (if Kurt were alive that is).
I may just have discovered why kids obsess over these and other rockstars (optimists will not like this next part)
1) We are so completely unsatisfied by our own lives, that when these depressing figures stand up and sing about their lives, it makes our lives seem like a sunshiny day on the praire.
2) They look cool. Pete Wentz starts wearing "guy liner" and tight jeans, and suddenly that's what's cool and everybody's screaming "LONG LIVE SIR WENTZ" (unless of course you hate "emos" and therefore scream "WENTZ MUST DIE" but really you still wear tight jeans and eye liner coz you wanna fit in)
3) Music is the source of all control. Control the music: control the minds of youth everywhere. This can be seen not only with the three cult leaders I've chosen, but anyone with a chart-topping-hit. Once you have a catchy tune stuck in a fifteen year olds head, they think about the lyrics - no matter what they are as long as they're catchy. They think about the person singing it and how they wish that for just one moment they could be a superstar like them.
Anyway, this whole post isn't exactly rocket science - even I (the epitomy of narcissim) - can admit that.
Just one question though: who is your "cult leader", as in what musician do you follow round aimlessly?