Here We Go, Blaming Satan Again

Satan (not exactly as illustrated. Besides, she got the devil horns wrong.)I thought we were beyond all the scare tactics about rockers and pop artists being in league with the devil. Apparently not.  The only difference is that this time, we’re not talking about Black Sabbath, KISS, Marilyn Manson or some black metal band from Norway.  No, the Evil One is in kahoots with–wait for it–Nicki Minaj.

Fox News has published a story on a new generation of Satan-friendly pop stars like Minaj, Lady Gaga and even Kanye West that is getting attention from some far-flung places.  RT, the Russian English language news network, emailed me last night asking for a comment on the story.

Okay, here it is.  THIS IS NOTHING NEW, PEOPLE!  MUSICIANS HAVE BEEN INVOKING BEELZEBUB FOR SHOCK VALUE AND TO ATTRACT ATTENTION FOR DECADES!  SINCE BEFORE ROCK’N’ROLL WAS BORN, IN FACT!

Forget about Jimmy Page’s fascination with the Black Arts and Aleister Crowley.  Forget about Motely Crue shouting at the devil.  Hell, disregard Screaming Lord Sutch and his act back in the 50s.

We can start this the-devil’s-involved-in-music business with bluesman Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at a crossroads near Dockery Plantation in Mississippi and go back from there all the way to the legend Faust.  

This Fox article is nothing but a rehash of the same old fears and “What about the children?” hysteria that comes around every couple of years.  Yet I’ll bet that a lot of these same people let their kids dress up as zombies and ghouls every Halloween because it’s “cute.”

Hell, if these folks want to see some really scary shit, pop on a Deicide album.  Nicki Minaj is an amateur.

 

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Here We Go, Blaming Satan Again

  • April 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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    RE: Robert Johnson, IInteresting… I've even heard it said that Robert Johnson is the godfather of heavy metal. Most early metal was inspired by blues and occult themes, and those bands went on to influence the more extreme forms of metal which came later.

    RE: the evil of Satan, the funny thing is that if you actually READ the bible, you will find precious few examples of Satan actually being evil. It seems his only sin was to question the authority of God. In fact, if the Bible is to be trusted, God himself is far more evil and tyrannical. There are countless examples in the Bible where God demands the killing of living things in his name, when he's not killing them outright himself.

    http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/08/who-has-killed-more-satan-or-god.html

    Satan has a bad rap.

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  • April 21, 2012 at 7:38 am
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    I thought we were beyond all the scare tactics about rockers and pop artists being in league with the devil.

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