An excerpt from an article regarding the relevance of the deaths of Dee Dee Ramone and and Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby, who died within 24 hours of each other.

“The reason Crosby’s June 6 death was mostly ignored is that his band seemed corporate and fake and pedestrian; the reason Ramone’s June 5 death will be remembered is that his band was seen as representative of a counterculture that lacked a voice. But the contradiction is that countercultures get endless media attention: the only American perspectives thought to have any meaningful impact are those that come from the fringes. The voice of the counterculture is, in fact, inexplicably deafening. Meanwhile, mainstream culture (i.e., the millions and millions of people who bought Ratt albums merely because that music happened to be the soundtrack for their lives) is usually portrayed as an army of mindless automatons who provide that counterculture with something to rail against. The things that matter to normal people are not supposed to matter to smart people.”

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  1. That was a really thought provoking article. (Although, frankly, I never understood the whole Ratt/Cinderella/Pretty Boy – Hair band phenomenon…) But, I do think that the innate snobbishness of the “underground” that he points out is an interesting state of affairs. I think it was TmCM, but it could have been Milk and Cheese that did a comic strip back in the early 90’s about the People in Black. The main gist was that the entire “alternative” crowd all looked exactly like each other, black clothes, black leather jackets, tribal tats, etc. The tag line was “I wanna be different, just like everyone else.”

    Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it was Evan Dorkin in Milk and Cheese…

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