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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Weighty Words, Too by Paul M. Levitt ,. Elissa S. Douglas A. Katherine Karcz Illustrator. Burdensome Katzenjammer Mystify Wondrous Zany These are five of the twenty-six words, one for each letter of the alphabet, that appear in Weighty Words, Too. As with the earlier Weighty Word Book , the stories, often fanciful, help young readers build their vocabularies.
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You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare. Bands can thrive, as Metallica has, unknown to just about everyone over the age of In the taxonomy of popular music, heavy metal is a major subspecies of hard-rock - the breed with less syncopation, less blues, more showmanship and more brute force. The phrase ''heavy metal'' dates to William Burroughs' novel, ''Naked Lunch''; in music it took hold after Steppenwolf sang about ''heavy metal thunder'' in the anthem ''Born to Be Wild.
It is music that has been shaped equally in America and England, and has long since spread across Europe and Japan.
In the past two years, radio stations that play hard-rock and heavy metal 24 hours a day have sprung up nationwide, among them KNAC in Long Beach, Calif. The reason you're hearing such loud music from these younger listeners is that they're screaming to be heard. For many heavy metal bands, the music tells only part of the story. Heavy metal concerts are theatrical events, community rituals for teen- aged boys, with full-tilt lights and fireworks and arena-shaking audience participation. When MTV came along in the early 's, the theatricality of heavy metal made it a natural for the television medium.
Led by the zooming guitar lines and cartoonish braggadocio of bands like Van Halen, whose members traded old-fashioned rockers' scowls for bad-boy grins, a new commercial generation of heavy metal bands was launched from the small screen. These days, heavy metal has its own proliferating factions and subgenres. A pop-rock band like Bon Jovi dons heavy metal costumes to toughen its image; when the black rap group Run-D. Across the spectrum, heavy metal bands draw loyal concert audiences.
Heavy metal's main subject matter is simple and virtually universal. With grunts, moans and subliterary lyrics, it celebrates teen-agers' newfound feelings of rebellion and sexuality; as an escape from the realities of school, family and menial work, most heavy metal fantasizes a party without limits.
For all its pervasiveness, the bulk of the music is stylized and formulaic, a succession of reverberating guitar chords, macho boasts, speed-demon solos and fusillades of drums. Still, in music that flaunts its rebelliousness, now and then bands arise that even rebel against heavy metal's own stereotypes.
Metallica has done just that, defying both heavy metal conventions and the standard marketing machinery of pop music.
Metallica pounds out irregular, stop-start rhythms, squeezing bits of melody between salvos of guitar chords. Its jumpy, skittish music is closer in structure to art-rock than to that of most of the band's heavy metal cohorts. The songs move far too fast and unpredictably to sound like pop. And the lyrics have nothing to do with fun, escapism or lust. Alongside its old braggadocio, heavy metal has long had another facet, one that involves idealism and oracular pronouncements, from Led Zeppelin's ''Stairway to Heaven'' onward.
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A substantial number of teen-agers are willing to ponder messages that seem serious, and Metallica is for the ponderers. Its lyrics look at teen-agers' newly discovered nightmares - of death, of madness, of blind obedience to authority. Even in the bland comfort of suburbia, apparently, teen-agers are fascinated by such dark subjects. And where television and mainstream culture offer sanitized glimpses at life-and-death issues, teen-age culture presents the extremes, from slasher films to songs like Metallica's ''Disposable Heroes'': Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all Victim of what said should be A servant 'till I fall.
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The band doesn't bother to concoct an image for itself. Metallica's stage clothes are the same black T-shirts and jeans the band members wear offstage: instead of timing their songs to accompany fireworks and lasers, they simply flop their shoulder-length hair to the beat as their fingers fly; there's no preening.
Offstage, the band members are drinking buddies, but contrary to rock-star stereotypes, they don't flaunt excesses.
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On tour, they ride to concerts by passenger van rather than limousines. When the band's not on the road, he says, ''I'll sit at home, hanging out with friends, drinking, and go out hunting when I can. Where most rock musicians play up to the electronic media, Metallica has refused to package itself for mass consumption. The band has never made a video clip for MTV and similar outlets, and until the all-hard-rock formats appeared, Metallica albums weren't played on commercial rock radio stations.
Now, according to Wild Bill Scott of Z-Rock, Metallica constantly tops his request list, although the band hasn't released a new song since The band's reputation has spread through touring, heavy metal fan magazines many of them homemade , some college-radio exposure and word of mouth. One thing Metallica does, as a matter of course, is to grant interviews to smaller ''fanzines,'' long after most bands have started to act like stars. View all New York Times newsletters. Most heavy metal bands say they make music to please their fans; the members of Metallica emphatically reject that idea.
We're doing it our way, and how many people like it is not up to us. We like it.