Bleeding on stage, wearing jaw-dropping outfits, bringing animals on stage and making most parents cover their children’s eyes is what some people think of when the term “shock rock” is mentioned.
Though some, if not all of those actions do occur, the artists have meaning behind what they do. The thematic imagery is just part of who the artists are and how they feel they can express their song meanings.
The most popularly-known shock rockers include Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper. Watching any of their music videos or concerts might make some cringe, and most likely take offense to an action or image that was used.
Though the artists are infamous for causing havoc and shock, they have some of the largest and most loyal fan bases in the music business.
The rockers encourage fans and listeners to be themselves and to not be ashamed of who they are or what they’ve done. Their music is an escape for their fans and allows them to feel understood and less alone.
The song lyrics of these artists are relatable to people all around the world.
A celebrity who shows vulnerability and real emotions is something not common in today’s music industry, which is mostly run by pop stars with low-cut dresses and dingy personalities who don’t write their own lyrics.
It takes a true artist to write a song and envision how he or she wants to perform it for a crowd and even more of an artist to bring those visions to life. Shock rockers take action in making their visions real on stage or in a video.
They bring so much to the table with their talent, dreams and passion, and they are able to incorporate all of that into one performance.
The thematic elements aren’t just to get attention, the artists actually have thought and meaning behind what they do during a performance.
A performance for them usually tells a story and displays the song(s) being sung the way they want others to see it. Their performances are also more entertaining to watch than an annoying girl at the MTV awards not hitting her notes.
For fans, listening to the music by their favorite shock artist makes them feel good. It’s a comfortable feeling to listen to a song and not be in awe because of stupid lyrics like, “quack quack to a duck and a chicken too. Put the hyena in a freakin’ zoo.” It’s refreshing to know that not all singers are air heads.
Shock rock is important to the music industry because it represents what music is all about. Freedom of expression, performing, entertaining and risk-taking are not easy things to accomplish, but they are made to look worth it when someone is gaining fame, publicity and support. It doesn’t matter if an artist is wearing a red leather jumpsuit with thigh high boots, even if the artist is a man.
As long as they are making an effort to make their dreams come true, their fans feel encouraged to follow their dreams as well, which is important when wanting to live a happy and successful life.
It takes courage and confidence to do what is in your heart and mind. It takes a brave person to know that what they are doing is going to be frowned upon. It takes a strong person to ignore all of the outrageous, bizarre rumors that have been spread about them as they continue doing what they love.
Shock rock isn’t as fast growing as pop or rap music, but the rockers can rest assured that if they never back down from their beliefs, they will still remain loved and supported.