It's been six days since Whitney Houston died and I can't get away from the coverage. CNN devoted over an hour of programming to "remembering Whitney" tonight and for the life of me I can't figure out why.
Look, I'm not an insensitive pr**k, but let's face facts, people overdose and die EVERY DAY and most of us don't bat an eyelash, but when a celebrity goes on a path of self destruction and kills themselves suddenly they are a saint who needs to be remembered. What's the matter, Charlie Sheen didn't take his addiction far enough for everyone? People said he was a doped up animal, but HE lived. Would everyone have ignored his recent exploits and sanctified him if he'd died? Seeing her blood means we forget Whitney did this to herself? Just because she sang a few hit songs in the 90's we put her on a pedestal? Seems like a sliding / warped scale of morality to me.
I'm not saying that she doesn't deserve remembrance, but IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON. A sudden and unexpected death is a tragedy. What she did is called being a junkie and paying the price for it.
It pains me to say it, but it's like finding out your best friend likes dudes and has been secretly checking you out for years; ignore it all you want but the problem is still there.
How can it be that arguably the BIGGEST rock and metal band of all time just doesn't matter in today's music landscape? *AHEM...Lars, James, Kirk, Robert...* THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT OUT CRAP ALBUM AFTER CRAP ALBUM. I was twelve when 'Load' came out in 1996. I bought it on the strength of songs like "Until It Sleeps" and "King Nothing", which I still think are great tracks, but it wasn't until I looked backward and found possibly the greatest four album streak ever: 'Kill 'Em All', 'Ride the Lightning', 'Master of Puppets', and '...And Justice For All' that I realized how good this band had really been.
I guess what I'm trying to get at is no metal head is going to run back into their burning house to save their copy of 'St. Anger' or *shudders* 'Lulu'. When you're riding around with your boys, do you say, "Hey man...crank that insert name here song from 'Death Magnetic'"? I think not.
They can keep putting out albums for the next 15 years, and yeah, I'll keep buying them hoping to hear something that reminds me of 'Battery' but you won't catch me holding my breath for it...otherwise I'd end up as dead as their relevance.
But hey, this is just my opinion. What do you think? Leave a comment below