Post by darkwingdork on Jun 10, 2010 10:41:26 GMT -5
Peter? Throwing off the trappings of suburban life? Running wild in the streets? Nah.... Ally has him too whipped.
Ah, more mean-spirited assaults on pop music today. Today some jabs at the trashy messages that children take away from pop stars, plus the sort of mindless materialism that George Romero was getting at in some of his better films.
Inspiration for this scene was more or less a Britney Spears concert I remember seeing on HBO around 2000 or so. It was *right* at the moment when she stopped being a teen-friendly pop star and was crossing over to... well, the hideous thing she is today. The concert was filled with mindlessly cheering 13 year-old girls being chaperoned by parents who had looks of shock and disgust on their faces. They couldn't believe what they had taken their kids to see.
Legend has it that Van Halen's contracts included a clause which specified that absolutely nobrown M&Ms be found backstage, and that if the offending color of M&Ms actually were found backstage, the band could exact retribution in a variety of serious ways, starting with refusing to perform while keeping all the money. As it happens, this legend was true—"was" because Van Halen stopped asking for M&Ms a while ago—but contrary to popular belief, it was not just an example of Classic Rockstar Excess. You see, Van Halen's contract spells out, in excruciating detail, everything which is needed in order for the band to perform properly; the number and distribution of electrical outlets on the stage, load-bearing capacity of the venue (a significant concern, given that Van Halen's show involves multiple tonsof equipment), etc etc. So the "no brown M&Ms" clause was the contractual equivalent of a canary in a coal mine; if the band did find any brown M&Ms backstage, they knew that the venue's management had not read the contract thoroughly, and that they therefore needed to double-check everything themselves before going onstage to perform. The "no brown M&Ms" clause became notorious after a disastrous Van Halen engagement in Pueblo, Colorado. In David Lee Roth's account of events, he found the offending candies and trashed the dressing room... and at the same time, unrelated to Roth's rampage, the band's on-stage equipment sank through the stage floor, doing roughly $80,000 dollars' worth of damage to the venue.
Post by darkwingdork on Jun 22, 2010 12:31:40 GMT -5
Gah, misspelled my own character's name twice. That should be Brittney.
Today's comic is a mix of different comments on pop music and society. The girls are screaming "We are individuals" in a sheep-like manner is a reference to Monty Python and the Life of Brian. Her comment about "creepy old men" in the crowd is a knock at how the sexualization of teenager singers sort of legitimizes pedophilia in some eyes. The songs themselves are not just generic, they're also a knock at how boys are treated like mythical creatures to teenage girls, not unlike unicorns.