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Monday, December 29, 2008

What's your sign?

I found this curious, funny image on the Internet that took me back to a time in my life when heavy metal music was all the rage. It was middle school, I think. Yes, the sixth grade, and all of a sudden, we were into head-banging and air-guitaring like our lives depended on it. Oh how it's coming back to me now. Those were the days, when we were so carefree. And, come to think of it, rather careless because we didn't realize the chiropractic nightmares we were setting ourselves up for in later years.

The hand-sign in the picture shows all symbols related to "the dark one". But, as far as I remember all the heavy metal music that I used to listen to, and it's obvious that I was lied to, obviously, there weren't too many references to him. Or should it be "Him" with an upside down "m"...because an upside down capital "h" wouldn't make sense, or matter. Whatever...

This phase of youthful rebellion, against what I can't quite remember now, also saw us fall prey to wild theories like "If you play this song backwards you can hear the Devil give you instructions to...," or some such story. Thankfully, I only ever remember one tape giving up its life for this type of futile research, and it wasn't mine. But, having made fun of this music for some time now, I can still remember a couple of songs I used to like, and that I still do.
  1. Take No Prisoners, by Megadeth
  2. Painkiller, by Judas Priest
  3. 2 Minutes to Midnight, by Iron Maiden
  4. Goddamn Devil, by Ugly Kid Joe
Technically speaking, though, the last two aren't really "heavy metal" songs, but the Ugly Kid Joe number used to get me an "Oh my God!" response from the people I told about it, and it was great to be on the verge of 'bad boy' status at the tender age of eleven...he he he. As for the Iron Maiden song, I just love the way the tempo keeps switching from a more serious, staccato, to a pained but somehow liberated zipping. Come to think of it, I can't quite remember the first two songs on that awfully short list. I mean, I can't hear the music in my head, anymore. Wow! Is that how much this music is dead to me now? I would never have thought that possible...

Anyway, long sob story short, I found this image on The Popular Uncanny, in a post titled "Devil's Horns and the Evil Eye." Gotta love the "Satan had a bandsaw accident" and the "I wuv ooo Satan" ones, if nothing else, for their purely comical sweetness. Apart from this though, there is some pretty interesting information about the origins of this sign, but that's obviously what my post isn't about. So, please check it out, while I continue to reminisce, one had on my aching neck, about the times we used to lose our minds to music and lyrics that I would now consider to be "noise." Oh no! Now I sound like an old fogey! Save me. SAVE ME!!!
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