While it's a bitter pill for many old ppl who get angry and confused by current youth culture, it is very easy to trace the line from all the highly respected, legendary hardcore bands of our youth to the neon-merch-encrusted, autotuned bands of today. This is the first installment of a new feature called SCENEOLOGY that will do exactly that, hopefully enraging some oldz in the process. Today is YeahYouKnowIt's 21st birthday, and Hollywood Undead is her favorite band, so I figured it would be fitting to kick it off with the nearly platinum-selling crunkcore band.
Straight out of the greater Los Angeles area (including my AZN's hometown, Victorville), HU is perhaps the best example of how clearly the lineage extends from the fossilcore of the 80s to the second stage of Warped Tour 2010. In essence, it goes like this: 80s fossilcore (Black Flag, Minor Threat, Antidote) begat the Beastie Boys, who showed middle class white ppl that it was OK to like rap (via Public Enemy, Rakim, and EPMD). The Beasties wrote catchy rap/rock songs about partying and being ignorant, which inspired Limp Bizkit, Crazy Town, and their nerdy cousins Linkin Park. Meanwhile, white trash rap (ICP, Eminem, and Kottonmouth Kings) gained steam while Necro and Ill Bill brought the NYHC influence to the table. Put it all in a blender and presto-- Hollywood Undead!
For more detail, here's a crude diagram I sketched out while watching HGTV with my AZN: