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"A Victim of Continuity"

Comic Type: Woody & Ted | Posted: Thursday May 24th, 2007 by Woody - [ Size: 600x450 ]
In college, a girl in one of my printmaking classes (named Rhonda) came in and boldly stated "I saw you on TV last night". Me? On TV? Uhhh... no. Apparently she'd seen James Hetfield, Metallica's frontman, on MTV and decided it was me. Sure, it could have been a joke, but she wasn't exactly the sharpest tack in the pushboard. She called me Roody for four years no matter how many times my friends, the teachers, and I corrected her. I'll give her this much, James and I did have the same haircut and facial hair at the time. And I did have a tendancy to wear black.

In my mind Metallica helped usher in the 'death' of Glam Rock. (Thus the look on Ted's face.) They stormed the glitter covered Sunset Strip music scene with an all new type of ugly. They unapologetically rocked people's asses off and challenged the hair bands directly. But then, again in my mind, they helped usher in the 'death' of mainstream acceptance of Metal as well.

I remember sitting at my desk in the 7th grade when a Debbie (stereotypical blonde popular girl*) sitting behind me happily informed her fellow Debbie, "I like totally like LIKE that 'One' song on MTV". It kinda hurt. My smash-face metal heros were suddenly in the mouths of the pop sheeple. When the Black album was released, it was a softer Metallica. I still loved it. To this day it's one of my favorite albums. But, it also gave more room for further acceptance by the masses. My existance on the musical fringe was being sucked closer to the middle of the musical road. Then around the time they released "Load", they cut their hair off. That single act (coupled with explosive success of Grunge and Alternative Rock) seemed to shine a spotlight on the disappearance of Metal from the charts again.

Getting older, as I am, I'm given to boughts of nostalgia. So, I've got my fingers crossed that Dusty Welch, Redoctane's head of publishing, meant Metallica when he said they've still "got some giant aces in the hole". Master of Puppets, One, Enter Sandman... I don't care.

And Rhonda? My friends and I eventually gave up trying to correct her and started calling her different names (beginning with 'R') each day. She never caught on.

[* reference from the 'Oblongs']

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