Rock Music chartbusters have always taken over headlines, and in many path-breaking ways than you can imagine. It would probably surprise you to note that this genre was initially criticized for various reasons such as idiosyncrasy of lyrics, excessively intense beats or loudness. A number of so-called social activists were of the opinion that this genre promoted indecency and lewdness. But all said and done, the trend sustained itself for over seven to eight decades, and has only grown stronger with time.
As far as the mention of lewd metaphors and innuendoes the lyrics of rock music numbers are concerned, this has only led to further annoyance amongst the masses that have been apprehensive of embracing this genre. Gossip columns and tabloid publications are mostly abuzz with salacious talks of ‘fringe benefits’ shared by band members, if you know what I mean. In fact, a number of musicians claim to have been drawn to this genre, solely on the allure of these fringe benefits of being in a band, which they’ve read about and heard of so much.
Take for instance the largely popular rock song of the 70s, which was found on almost all karaoke machines of the era, which we fondly remember as the ‘Roller Skate Song’. While most of us would look back at this song with nostalgia (and hold on to the old gramophone records), the fact is that the double-meaning lyrics of this song created quite a ruckus during the 70s. It must be remembered that the audiences even in the United States were far more conservative during those times, and many conservatives asked for a ban on this song, owing to the suggestive lyrics.
Some of them even went on to term it as misogynistic, although female emancipation had not taken the forefront back then. Yet, despite all the ruckus that was created, the writer and musicians insisted on the fact that they did not intend to imply any lewd meaning, and it was only the hearer’s and interpreter’s perception that was tainted.