MTV, Teenage Suicide, and a Girl from China

I was a wide-eyed impressionable youngster at the beginning of the MTV generation. A clicky little brown cable box would transport exotic sights and sounds to my buddy Danny’s house. My first experience with MTV and music videos was sitting in Danny’s den struggling to make sense of this new media music-pimping creation.

The neighborhood kids would congregate daily at Danny’s house and watch the newest offerings from RATT, Twisted Sister, and ZZ Top. Since my family was too poor (and Christian) to have MTV at our house, I would absorb my devil music indoctrination across the tracks. Years later, the Satanic music that Danny loved so much was a contributing cause to his teenage suicide.

Danny had a rough life. He had a short fuse and liked to torture animals to let off steam. He lived with his grandmother (who represented herself as his mother). She told Danny that his father was a lumberjack who died when a tree fell on him (in an act of Karmic forest retribution). His real mum actually lived next door to him, but Danny was told that she was his sister. She was a martial arts expert and was married to a muddle-headed Lou Ferrigno look-alike. It is complicated I know.

I suspect that his mom (pretend sister) became pregnant at an early age by a naughty fella with sweaty palms and an tingling rod of boy-meat. The maternal deception was created so the neighbors wouldn’t ostracize the family on moral or religious grounds. The Kingdom of Heaven is denied to those who satisfy their carnal urges at a young age, especially if the lusty endeavor produces a sin-child. Sadly, my pearly gate entry has been precluded due to sexual self-abuse. When I was 11, I throttled the one-eyed milkman on my parents bed will ogling Marsha Brady on the telly.

Like me, Danny had a bevy of teenage psychological problems. One of his favorite games was lining up large rocks on the railroad tracks behind his house in the hopes that the train would derail. Other times, we would meet at the designated train arrival time and try to take out the conductor with rocks. Of course, that was when we were both young and relatively innocent. I later graduated to high-level felony property damage, arson, and pellet gun sniping. Danny moved onto to devil worship, grave-robbing, and Russian roulette.

I did not have a lot of contact with Danny when he hit his mid-teens. He got involved in the heavy metal scene – donning trench coats and black boots (ala Colombine killers Klebold and Harris). At night he would rob graves for skulls and bones to decorate his room with. I was deeply entrenched in the skater culture and happily filled my days vandalizing curbs, benches, and hand-rails. Danny morphed into the silent brooding type jamming to Guns and Roses and Metallica endlessly.

Danny was sent off to boot camp by his grandmother to straighten him out. He was home for a visit and pleaded desperately not to be sent back. As a kid, Danny would have explosive outbursts and make threats about this or that, but would never follow through. He made good on his last one. Since his mum wouldn’t waver on shipping him back off, he sat on his bed and removed his head with a shotgun blast.

Back to MTV.

I vividly remember David Bowie’s video for “China Girl”. It was pretty heavy for 1983. Around that time, you had David lee Roth exhibiting his high-kick gyrations, Michael Jackson was leading zombie parades, and the Talking Heads were threatening Americans with domestic arson. The song stuck out a bit from the typical sex-drugs-rock and roll MTV blueprint. It was arty and sensual – concepts that I had not been exposed to.

China Girl was written with Iggy Pop during their West Berlin days in the late 70’s. The video was banned in many countries due to its adult themes and partial nudity. It garnered Bowie the title of Best Male Video at the 1984 Video Music Awards. As a kid, this video put me in a trance whenever it came on the tube. Bowie’s delivery is haunting.

Here is my favorite lyric from China Girl:

I stumble into town just like a sacred cow

Visions of swastikas in my head

Plans for everyone

It’s in the white of my eyes

20 Responses to “MTV, Teenage Suicide, and a Girl from China”

  1. 1 Taylor
    May 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    ugh, MTV is the rot of our society. My kids will never get to watch MTV and their “gay” taildaters or homo-erotic programming. It will certainly be blocked when I have kids and they are in their “impressionable” years.

  2. 2 Manco
    May 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Taylor: By the very fact you’re only in college it’s safe to asusme you have no history of the MTV network before it completely sold out to its Viacom overlord. You may not be aware of this (a continuing problem with you) but the fact is MTV was once considered a revolutionary vehicle for promoting music. It was a slow death but the initial positive cultural impact of MTV can not be understated.

    Your kids are going to be a fun bunch, what with you dictating their behavior and what experiences they undergo. Try communication instead of censorship, Taylor, and you may find the answers you’re seeking.

    But what am I talking about? That’s the plan. You’re supposed to feel fear and loathing from something as simple as a song because, gosh, it might actually make you feel something or think…..and stuff. Hyuck Hyuck.

    Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control.

  3. 3 Manco
    May 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Peepers: You’re a good storyteller. Keep it up. Though I imagine whatever you write about peeps like Taylor will find something to take issue with and insert their dogmatic propaganda slogans.

  4. 4 c
    May 6, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    We’re all about music in my home.
    i’d rather my children listen to music than have the tv brainwashing them that they’re not beautiful because they’re not pale, rich and bony. The thing is, i feel, that music definately has an affect on one’s emotional, spiritual and mental well being. It’s universal, it’s of the soul and it’s powerful. Even crapulent music has the power to upset me and my stomach.

    i, on the other hand, grew up suckling at the the teat of television. And MTV, i loved. Now, it doesn’t even play music videos on any of its 3 stations.

    i remember the first time i saw this video. It was the first time i saw David Bowie. i was afraid of his different colored eyes. i was youngish and had never seen such an ocular situation. Of course when i got older, i thought it was groovy and drew many pictures of folks with a blue eye and a green eye.

    i loved Blue Jean.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Thanks for your comment C, I agree with you. TV is the most prevalent form of brainwash in the United States. I cannot even watch the news anymore. You ought to check out some of Bowie’s earlier work (if you haven’t already). David Live from ’74 is a great place to start.

  5. May 6, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I rather doubt the veracity of this creative story –was I supposed to believe it was true? I don’t think it’s likely that some kid has done a lot of grave robbing, what with heavy cement vaults and caskets these days –probably locked. Certainly the vault lid is too heavy –just too much work for the teen age bone hunter.

    As for MTV being benign or even just about teen music, we parents boycotted it for our kids who are now in their late 20’s and early 30’s –it’s always been a lousy channel. I remember when my liberal neighbor had the cable company put a block on MTV because the Charlie Manson t-shirt wearers were featured in a non-judgmental context. That made her furious.

    I had one neighbor tell me that my kids would be wild because we were restrictive in their upbringing, not letting the music and movies and video games of their peers influence them, not having liquor in our house as he did. We raised them in church and sent them to Christian colleges and they are all in pretty good shape, morally.

    But one of my neighbors’ kids overdosed or committed suicide –on drugs — and in the other family, the kids are really messed up and one on heroin. This is an upperclass suburban neighborhood. A 3rd family raised their kids as we did and they are all solid citizens –though a couple have had marital issues but the non-Christian spouses were the source of the problems.–unfaithful.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    For legal reasons (unexpired statutes of limitation), I cannot vouch for the veracity of anything written on Dillsnap Cogitations. In fact, it is not really “my” blog. Actually, DC is a consortium of several writers operating under one persona.

    Barb, I am sure you are not very knowledgeful about grave robbing or Satanic activity. The graves that were robbed dated back to the 1800’s. They were in great disrepair due to neglect, erosion, and thin concrete that crumbled. In other words, it did not require much physical exertion to extract a femur or a skull. Actually, one of my favorite cats was extracted out of one of those graves by a punk rock chick. He lived 18 years and only recently passed away.

    When discussing your parental success, why did you qualify your statement concerning how your children turned out. Why not say they turned out in good or excellent moral shape? The use of the words “pretty good” seems like there may be some doubt. Have they stumbled on their path to everlasting life? I am sure it wasn’t your fault Barb, you did all you could.

    May Allah (SWT) Bless 🙂

  6. May 6, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    This was said, BTW, for Manco’s benefit. I do think a little “sheltering” from the seamy side of life is good for kids.

  7. 7 Manco
    May 6, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    And I think you’re a brainless dolt, Barb. If you raise good children they will be good children, regardless of what they come into contact with.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Manco, you wrote above:
    “I imagine whatever you write about peeps like Taylor will find something to take issue with…”

    The same could be said for how you attack others on this blog. You needn’t call Barb a “brainless dolt.” You can disagree with her without being disagreeable. Reducing the discourse to personal attacks is a forfeiture of your position. I expect a lot more out of you Manco, please do not let daddy down.

  8. 8 Manco
    May 7, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Johnny: with all due respect, fuck that. Barb is a cancer – a fascist in an apron, carrying a bible. I despise her views on just about every topic she has raised. Unfortunately, being the person I am, I tend to state my disagreements rather strongly. If that is unacceptable then you must do your duty as moderator and either censor my comments or remove them completely from the site. If you allow them to be posted, then it’s fair game as far as I’m concerned.

    You shouldn’t coddle these peeps, man. People like Barb will be the first ones to turn you in or stick a knife in your back if the shit ever goes down. Their morality is a disguise to hide their corruption.

    What the fuck happened with drawing a line in the sand and disagreeing with something vehemently? I’m not going to pat someone on the back and tell them “it’s okay. we’ll just agree to disagree.” That doesn’t do much for one’s personal beliefs or the spirit of debate. Barb believes that I am going to hell and people of different cultures and religions will be there with me. She considers me liberal scum, and that’s her right….just as it’s my right to believe her a brainless dolt.

    My point regarding children still stands.

  9. 9 Taylor's Dog
    May 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Mancompany, MTV does not play music anymore, just homo propoganda. Oh, and you are liberal scum.

    And I am now done with college sonny boy.

  10. 10 Taylor's Dog
    May 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    well I guess I was banned for “dissing” MTV. Sweet

  11. 11 Taylor's Dog
    May 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    testing testing

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    You are being moderated Taylor. Please refrain from repeat comments lacking substance. You might not want to pop your ADHD hyperactive child pills before you access this site, it makes you anxious. If you don’t like it there are a million other blogs to hang your hat. Remember, you are special just like everyone else.

  12. May 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I really don’t think of you as “liberal scum” Manco–however, if the shoe fits, wear it!
    : D

    I try not to think of your eternal damnation–but I do believe the Bible in its statement that you need to believe in Christ in order to be saved –and repent of your sin –and that goes for all of us.

    I qualify my bragging about my kids for one reason only–my sons have had issues in the past with internet porn –which they and their parents and church consider to be a sinful temptation to all youth –especially males —and evidently to the girls who are strutting their stuff. The availability of porn in the home is a new phenomenon that beckons every male –like the harlots warned against in the Book of Proverbs –who lie in wait to lure and trap.

    I haven’t any desire to turn anyone in –or knife them in the back.

    I’m not the one who hates or is a threat to you, Manco. Listen to yourself.
    I haven’t called you a brainless dolt –or liberal scum. It’s your side of the spectrum of diverse humans which gets hostile.

  13. 13 Taylor's Dog
    May 8, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Peepers, if you don’t like the crowd that comes here, stop sprinkling drudge report links with links to your page.

    And if my posts lack substance then why the hell is manblow not on moderation too? I refrain from inappropriate language at least.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Taylor’s greatest “inappropriate” hits from the Who is Johnnypeeper’s page:

    “Go fuck yourself you scum sucking freak.”
    “go fuck yourself you freak. Oh, and rot in hell. Leave my country.”
    “piece of shit”

    You and Manco are both moderated kid, so quit your whining.

  14. 14 Taylor's Dog
    May 8, 2008 at 1:51 am

    ohhh, you were one of those ‘verbally abused’ kids weren’t you? So now you treat people who speak down to you (manco) with more respect than those who do not? Am I right? I bet I am.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Doh, you got me! But it wasn’t just verbal abuse. A lot of bad things happened Taylor, things that make me break down and cry. Please understand and try to avoid this sensitive issue for me. Thank you 🙂

  15. May 8, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Oh Johnny, I like the second picture! That picture is a very suitable picture if we wanna make a champaign against suicide! Sometimes those people who has the tendency in commiting suicide tend to forget about people who cares for them tho!

    Guys, everyone is free in giving their opinions on something. Let’s just listen for what other people need to say. But remember, for everything that you wanna say, you should have said it in a better way. 😉

    jazakAllahukhair! Much love from me. ♥

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    Thank you nono, I agree wholeheartedly with both of your points. I look forward to your contribution to Project Human barrier deconstruction 🙂

  16. May 8, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I hope I don’t offend you by saying this, Johnny, but I can’t listen to any of the later Bowie. I am early Bowie all the way. I pretty much stop at ‘Young Americans.’ But hey, that’s just me.

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    That’s funny Selma, why would I be offended? I think you are doing yourself a major disservice is all. I agree with msmilie, the albums he mentioned are incredible, “Scary Monsters” being my personal favorite at the moment.

  17. 17 msmilie
    May 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Selma: The five albums following Young Americans – Station to Station, Low, “Heroes”, Lodger & Scary Monsters – are arguably his best work. I would give those albums another spin, if I were you. I’m a fan of his early work as well, but those five albums really raised the bar for Bowie as an artist. They also represent his last great period. It’s been peaks and valleys ever since.

  18. 18 Taylor
    May 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry Peepers, thats why I changed my moniker, cuz when I came on here as “Q’s shrink” I thought you were just some blame America first asshole. I apologize for those words.

  19. May 9, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Johnny. It is still in progress. I will, don’t worry! 😉

  20. May 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Media in any form can be fatal, both spiritually and physically, to those who do not seek the truth or blindly believe everything they see, hear and read. People need to wake up and ask questions of those things that make absolutely no sense. I’ve always countered my chidlrens media experiences with sit down talks relaying realness – explaining that 99 percent of what you read, hear and see is all for someone’s entertainment, or in the belief that they are entertaining you to some degree. This includes everyone, including your family, friends, and love ones. Because the human ego wants to be heard and seen – remember to put all aside every so often so that you can ascertain the real from the illusionary, if you don’t practice this, you may become caught up in the game of life. They have turned out ok, I have turned out ok, but we still have to remain cognizant at all times. Peace, Light and Love, Cordieb.

    PS, Peeps, I’ve got a web security question for you – keep an eye in your regular email. Thanks my friend.

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