nathan wrote:Holy shit. I just read this thread and it was Stooopid.
R Kelly pees on little girls but it has nothing to do with his music. And it doesn't enhance it. It doesn't detract from it (unless you worry about such technicalities).
Rock and roll was built on charisma and the bad boy image.
Keith Richards looks and sounds like a drug addled whore and it enhances the music. It wouldn't have been as great if he looked like Buddy Holly or Ned Beatty.
A performer's personality is only relevant if it has anything to do with what he is creating.
Absoloutely True. Still, a lot of people are still inclined to obsess about what might "inspire" them to write the songs that they do. What was the name of the crazed "Dylan" garbologist who decided to search through his waste to determine how he gets his ideas?
Obviously, it's an extreme example, but in a lot of cases, if there's a bit of an enigma going on (that is to say, you don't quite know where he/she is coming from), it might make them somehow more magnetic. I quite like the quote (I can't remember who said it) about how as soon as Keef plugs in his guitar, he's 22 again (I'm sure someone will make some silly remark about how he doesn't look 22 again).
It's before my time but I've been told, he never came back from Karangahape Road.