Makeup and costumes. Masks and props. These effects have gone hand-in-hand for a lot of rock bands since the 70’s. Most notoriously with the arena rock band KISS.
However, there is also a coinciding issue with these novelty bands, and it’s just that: it’s a novelty. The problem with these acts is that it’s mostly all about the show. Sure, they may have one or two good songs, but that’s really about it. Now, the even bigger travesty is that many of these bands contain highly gifted musicians whose talents are overshadowed by gimmicks.
Case in point: GWAR (R.I.P. Oderus)
I think the best example of this fact is the band Slipknot.
It’s amazing how a large band with such a gifted drummer and guitarists only has a handful of really good songs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing “The Knot” as I have a few of their songs on my iPod myself. Actually, what’s worse is that Slipknot clone Mushroomhead.
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free..”
In comparison, there are bands that are famous for shock value and gimmicks (i.e. Insane Clown Posse), and then there are bands that rely purely on their talents to get recognized. This topic always makes for an interesting debate, but it’s important to remember not to discredit the talent in some of these bands, let alone the pure entertainment value they provide. Except for ICP.
It’s time for me to go, however I will leave with this hilarious photo of 80’s “Christian Metal” band Stryper: