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24 November, 2005

Old chestnut time

The BBC:

Michele Tollis became convinced that satanism had something to do with his son's disappearance.
"No one can contradict me when I say that heavy metal and satanism are closely linked. They're inseparable," he says.
Oh, come on.

Tollis' son was killed by a group of people who characterised themselves as satanists, and who also liked heavy metal music. Two separate facts. Fred West was a serial killer, and a builder. Should the building trade be banned? If he happened to have been a major fan of traditional English folk music (which can be stereotyped as tending to be about sex and death, often violent), should folk albums be withdrawn?

Varieties of metal may have a theatrical image, but there is absolutely no causal connection between the music and the murders. Haven't we been through this too many times before, with backwards-masked messages and the like?

Seems not. BBC2 is devoting an hour of spurious credibility to this sensationalist rubbish this evening.


Most heavy metal fans that I know wouldn't say boo to a goose.

Posted by coffdrop at November 24, 2005 11:58 AM

I've heard people blaming Morrissey for teenage suicides.

Posted by Tim Hall at November 24, 2005 01:06 PM

I think if I was forced to listen to trash like Morrissey, that I'd feel like commiting suicide.

Posted by coffdrop at November 25, 2005 08:58 AM

I think the argument did go something like that :)

Posted by Tim Hall at November 26, 2005 10:12 PM
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