To hell with music!

After thinking over that last post, the manifest unfairness of singling out books for the carnage they've wrought began to get to me. After all, even if we grant for the sake of argument that books are dangerous, as I explained, the danger is limited by the number of people who can a) read, and b) understand what they read.

Yet most of us can hear. So it would follow logically that things which can be heard are infinitely more dangerous than things which have to be printed and then read.

Anyway, the more I thought it over, the more I realized how unfair it was to single out books as the greatest threat.

So I hereby propose the "Classical Values Ten Most Harmful Musical Compositions of the 19th and 20th Centuries."

I did some research (as you can see in the links), but I solicit reader input, because this is a very serious matter.

As the saying goes, if we can save just one life.....

My tentative votes, so far:

1. Rites of Spring (Stravinksy)

[Be sure to check out that last link folks; they've done their homework and all dots have been, um, connected!]

2. Internationale (Anthem of Communism)

3. Horst Wessel Marching Song (Anthem of Nazi Germany)

4. Imagine (Anthem of Idiotopians)

5. The East Is Red (Maoist China)

6. Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

7. Mister Ed Theme Song (more on similar evils here)

8. Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)

9. Jesus Christ Superstar

10. AntiChrist Superstar (Marilyn Manson)

The list could go on and on, and while I have tried to be non-partisan, my cultural bias may be showing. (Surely a lot of people would want to include The Star Spangled Banner?) A few runners up:

  • As Nasty As They Wanna be (2 Live Crew)
  • Big Man with a Gun (Nine Inch Nails)
  • Appetite for Destruction (Guns-N-Roses)
  • Stained Class (Judas Priest)
  • What might I have I left out?

    Well, for starters, millions of people hold that ALL music is harmful, because it is haram. Here's a typical explanation of the problem:

    The case with music and unlawful singing is the same. It has been decisively prohibited in Shariah, as the evidences mentioned further along will show. Yet there are individuals that are not ready to believe that it is Haram.

    In the modern era, music has spread to such an extent that nobody is free from it. Individuals are confronted with situations where they are forced to listen to music. It is played nearly in all department stores and supermarkets. If you sit in a taxi, make a phone call or even walk down the street, you will not be saved from this evil. Young Muslims drive around in their cars with the music fully blasted. The increasing popularity of music, which is prevalent in our society, poses a great threat to the Muslims.

    Music is a direct ploy of the Non-Muslims. One of the main causes for the decline of the Muslims is their involvement in useless entertainment. Today we see that Muslims are involved, and at the forefront perhaps, of many immoralities and evils. The spiritual power which once was the trait of a Muslim is nowhere to be seen. One of the main reasons for this is music and useless entertainment.

    I'm in over my head! I surely can't be expected to compile a list of the most haram-ful music, can I?

    A task like that would be too large. I should try to think in terms of reasonable goals.

    posted by Eric on 06.09.05 at 08:40 AM


    I wrote my views on censorship and the power of ideas as deadly weapons in the post below. Music is most powerful, most deadly. That's why I love it. I can see why the Muhammadans ban it. Music is the highest expression of our Western ("Faustian") soul, and is therefore alien to the Muhammadan soul.

    I haven't had the opportunity to hear either the Intenationale or the Horst Wessel March. I'd probably like them as music while hating what they advocated. I love Wagner even though he was an anti-Semite (which is one of the reasons why Nietzsche broke with him). The song I hate the most is Imagine, both for what it advocates and the music itself. (I don't consider (c)rap "music" to be music, it's just some idiot cussing at the top of his lungs, so it doesn't count.)

    All this reminds me of Dawn's and Norma's Holy Music vs. Drug Music and the Conspiracy Behind the Conspiracy. Their style.

    Ayn Rand, Communism's greatest enemy (next to Dawn and Norma), loved the Internationale. In We the Living she wrote:

    "....For the first time in Petrograd, Kira heard the Internationale. She tried not to listen to its words. The words spoke of the damned, the hungry, the slaves, of those who had been nothing and shall be all; in the magnificent goblet of the music, the words were not intoxicating as wine; they were not terrifying as blood; they were grey as dish water.
    "But the music was like the marching of thousands of feet, measured and steady, like drums beaten by unvarying, unhurried hands. The music was like the feet of soldiers marching into the dawn that is to see their battle and their victory; as if the song rose from under the soldiers' feet, with the dust of the road, as if the soldiers' feet played it upon the earth.
    "The tune sang a promise, calmly, with the calm of an immeasurable strength, and then, tense with a restrained but uncontrollable ecstasy, the notes rose, trembling, repeating themselves, too rapt to be held still, like arms raised and waving in the swoop of banners.
    "It was a hymn with the force of a march, a march with the majesty of a hymn. It was a song of soldiers bearing sacred banners and of priests carrying swords. It was an anthem to the sanctity of strength."

    That is style!

    I humbly submit the entire catalogs of every band composed of four or five overly primped teenage boys (with honorable mention for every band composed of one beautiful teenage girl).

    byrd   ·  June 9, 2005 11:54 AM

    Thank you Steven.

    Wagner must be added!

    Eric Scheie   ·  June 9, 2005 12:11 PM

    Just off the top of my head, it's "Rite of Spring". That aside, I can't find anything harmful in it. Evidently, neither did Disney (in the '40s).

    The link, however, is a good resource on Adorno. For some unaccountable reason, the MHP has no entry for Gramsci, another front-line fighter in the battle against the Western Canon.

    Adorno on music is hard to read - as is almost any kind of Marxist art criticism.

    To paraphrase, if Adorno's agin' it, I'm for it.

    Mike   ·  June 9, 2005 3:53 PM

    Ah, well, "The Star Spangled Banner" probably is safe by virtue of its music being 18th century.

    I'd nominate, however, "Stairway to Heaven" which took dirty, gritty, drink-a-beer, party-down rock 'n' roll and convinced its practitioners that they were really making "art."

    Callimachus   ·  June 9, 2005 11:14 PM

    While I share this in jest it may very well be quite true, that the Riverdance soundtrack would be the most dangerous one that you have not listed.

    O.F. Jay   ·  June 10, 2005 5:25 PM

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