Sunday Shout-Out: Dangerous Minds

[Some Sundays, we give a little hype to a fellow blog, website or other source for all things related to weird music and the people who love it. Check the tag “Sunday Shout-Out” for other recommendations.]

Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds

When our little blog grows up one day, we hope it bears more than a passing resemblance to Dangerous Minds, the website/online talk show created by Richard Metzger. It’s a veritable treasure trove of subversive, unconventional and downright freaky bits of cultural detritus from across the ages and around the globe, all presented with a level of intelligence and wit that most other blogs (ours included, quite frankly) rarely achieve.

Metzger got his start as the co-founder of The Disinformation Company, or Disinfo, creators of the popular You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know Is Wrong books, along with the controversial U.K. television show Disinformation, which Metzger hosted. With Disinfo, Metzger made a career out of exploring underground and sometimes dangerous subcultures like Satanism, as well as interviewing leftfield artists and thinkers like Douglas Rushkoff and Throbbing Gristle‘s Genesis P-Orridge. He’s still doing that with Dangerous Minds, but in a more thoughtful, less sensationalized way.

Dangerous Minds covers dozens of topics, not just music; it’s also a great place to learn about, say, fashions of the future as imagined in 1893, or a long-lost cable access show that hosted the likes of R. Crumb and Tiny Tim. But without its rich source material, many entries on this here blog would not have been half as interesting. Where else would we have found a track-by-track analysis of Nina Hagen’s Nunsexmonkrock? Or read a detailed first-person account of the 1989 Butthole Surfers show that took place inside an old porn theater? Or been reminded that Jermaine Jackson once collaborated with DEVO?

So we doff our Energy Domes to you, Mr. Metzger! For nearly 20 years, you’ve made the Internet a much weirder place, and we are all the better for it.


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