Nikki Sixx doesn’t listen to Miley Cyrus
Ok, so Nikki Sixx likes to talk. And for whatever reason, now he has made people angry by telling them that the Jonas Brothers and other popular teen groups “aren’t rock n roll.” Franky, when I first read it two days ago, nothing about this statement seemed all that controversial to me. Are we really surprised that Nikki Sixx isn’t a Miley fan? what did we expect from the man??? This isn’t news. Just the fact Rolling stone printed this article makes me discredit them further.
But anyway, it seems that now there is a storm raging across the internet as all the opinionated people of the world have come out of hiding to either attack or support his comment. Others are more into attacking Nikki personally. The best comments are from little Jobro fans who say wonderful things like “whoever u are nikki sixx u suck.. the jonas brothers are really talented .. by the way who are u? i love the jonas brothers n miley n i am sure that other people like them 2.. so get a job nikki six” and “Have you eeever gone to a Jonas Brothers?!!! They rock the house every time they performe!!!!!! They have huge amount of talent… Their songs have different rithms!!! They rock!” (I almost hate to make fun of a kid, but *gasp!* DIFFERENT RHYTHMS?!! WOW! NOT REALLY?!!) I didn’t read much farther than that, but I might go back later to see if there is more entertainment to be found.
Yea, so who knew anyone would care so much? After all, it is just kid music and everyone knows that, plus I wrote a post on this subject a month ago and no one read it. But Nikki is right, it is easy to walk into any mall and see how the whole “rock star” theme has taken over, and I do not blame him one bit for being frustrated by it. heck, I’m frustrated with it.
The central object that everyone seems to be hung up on is that by making this statement, Nikki Sixx has played the role of God in defining “Rock N Roll” for the masses, and the masses (silly kiddos) ain’t happy that suddenly, their idols have been demoted from Rock to pop. Most of the adults seem to think Nikki has no room to talk because he is just as fabricated as they are. Whatever. While I completely agree with Nikki and wholeheartedly stand by his statement, it does bring up an interesting question if you think about it…what is Rock N Roll? and Who really gets to decide what it is or isn’t?
So, What is rock. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered if I even know what it is. I think for most of us who love rock, it is pretty instinctive…we know what it is and what it isn’t, but we never really stop to put much thought into it. But now, I’m trying to stop and think for a minute, just so I don’t turn into a music snob (actually, it might be too late for that) who goes around telling people what is good and what is bad.
A few questions to ask:
- What makes Nikki a more “legitimate” star than these kids running around now?
- Must rock be rebellious?
- Is Rock about attitude, style, or musical taste? when you get right down to it, what sets good rock n roll apart from the rest?
- is it about how “real” it is? does rock gain some sort of legitimacy by being true to self? Is it really such a crime to be “manufactured”?
Like I said, I don’t have the answers, and my opinion certainly isn’t set in stone. I think rock IS about attitude. Its about pushing boundaries and moving forward…”shouting at your devils,” if you will. Its about saying what you need to say and not worrying about what goes on around you, and not letting anything keep you back. I hope Nikki Sixx would agree with that definition…afterall, he is the one who taught me everything I know 😉
But then, what if Miley Cyrus is being true to herself? what if the image out there is who she truly is…despite all the Disney hyper-sculpting and brand-labeling? That is when we run into problems, because honestly, none of us have never met her and we don’t know what she is like and what she is about. Of course, I have my doubts that she-or anyone-could truly be as cheesy as she comes off in public, but you never know. and if she IS just being herself, isn’t that pretty rock n roll?
One more point…often, my standard for how good music is is how shocking my parents would find it. each generation seems to be all about one-upping the previous in terms of rebelliousness and offensiveness. But why is that? is that necessarily true? and is it a good thing?? So can we therefore say that the Stones are no longer rock n roll because they’re not half so offensive as they were in the ’60’s, and every band since then has outdone them on the sleaziness scale? And anyway, should we be judging sweet 15 year old girls by how their lifestyle measures up against a 50-year-old man who made his reputation by playing nasty bass riffs (dang, Miley probably couldn’t even get her hand around a bass…) and snorting illegal drugs, crashing cars and sleeping with every girl in the US? Same for the JoBros (from now on, that is my name for them)…do we really want or NEED another Nikki? Why are we judging them because they’ve never smelt a cigarette and wear purity rings? (haha…on a second thought…don’t answer that question)
anyway, I’m obviously just rambling. Like I said, I don’t have all the answers and I surely don’t proclaim to know more than anyone else, so I’d be really interested in hearing some thoughts on this. Please, don’t be afraid to comment!
Rock ON y’all!!
ps-here is the link to the original article.