July 17, 2017
Yeah! Rock’s greatest drinking game
In the ’90s, we had a running joke about the excessive use of the word yeah in alternative rock, grunge, and metal. Even today, we have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs! and The Flaming Lips bouncing around between “yeah” and “yes,” and maybe if Wayne Coyne is feeling frisky a “fuck yes, motherfuckers,” or some form of that.
But in the ’90s, “yeah” was used as much as the syncopated guitar riff that Helmet marginalized to the second power on “Meantime.” One band to excessively utilize “yeah” in their vocabulary was White Zombie. On La Sexorcisto, Rob Zombie flails within himself and turns the word “yeah” into a mantra.
There is a scene in the show “How I Met Your Mother” that the character uses the phrase “But, um” all the time. It became a running game to her friends that whenever she would say “but, um” they would have to do a shot or go crazy or whatever. I did not pay that close attention but you get the idea. “Yeah” was our running joke. It got so obsessive that whenever there would be a “yeah” in a song, we would celebrate it much like the word of the day in Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
Not as excessive Henry Rollins did it on The End of Silence album. With the song “Almost Real” we get a series of “yeahs” amplified by Hank’s loud mouth.
Even in the modest Collective Soul and their lightly salted grunge song “Shine,” the word “yeah” was utilized like punctuation.
Once you hear it, you cannot un-hear it.
Everyday is Halloween
Rob Zombie was not shy of his “yeahs” during his performance at the Rose Music Centre in Dayton, Ohio. Surrounded by horror culture and lyrics that dripped with the ink of Neal Adams and vintage monsters, Zombie and crew powered through a sweaty, summer night of ’70s-style psych rock like an amped up Something Weird soundtrack.
Back in the circle city, Ghost brought their black mass of horror to the Old National Centre. Touting their latest EP Popestar, the band took a brief break from opening with Iron Maiden to do a run of shows. Almost a year to the day, Dahlia Presents invited Papa Emeritus and the nameless ghouls to haunt the stage of the Egyptian Room.
An unconscious homage to the founder of the zombie film as we know it as he passed away Sunday, July 16.
For now, here’s a celebratory “YEAH!” to you, Mr. Romera. And to you dear reader, thanks for digging into Selective Memory. Follow the links to this week’s full articles on Ghost, Rob Zombie, and Collective Soul.