Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dave Mustaine sings for Santorum, cries for Metallica

Peace sells but who's crying?

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I've seen plenty of disturbing stuff on the screen, sounds and images that have chilled me to my already ice cold bones.

The ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs.

Gummo — in its white-trash entirety.

The eye-gouging scene in Zombi 2.

But no single scene in movie history disturbs me more than Dave Mustaine's brief appearance in the Metallica documentary, Some Kind of Monster, a cinematic ode to inner-child quackery and self-indulgent, feel-good pop-psychoanalysis.

As many of you know, Mustaine is the frontman for thrash kings Megadeth, but before that he was the lead guitarist for Metallica in its wee toddler days. And he was given the boot for being a drunken ass.

But as successful as Mustaine and Megadeth have been, their achievements pale in comparison to those of Metallica. And that makes Dave feel sad. Like really sad. In fact, it makes him cry. A lot. And all of that crying is there for everyone to see in Some Kind of Monster. And as I said, it's really difficult to watch.

Which brings us to yesterday's news that Mustaine has endorsed Rick Santorum. For some reason, somebody, somewhere thought that this was worth reporting. I mean, I think it is, but I need my daily fix of news junk. I imagine that for the rest of you, it's as meaningless as a Zen koan from Sarah Palin. (Note: I know that Mustaine was a political correspondence for MTV during their Rock the Vote days, you know, back when the Real World was a commendable social experiment and not a body-shot slamming hottub screwfest.)

Here's what Radar magazine says on the matter:

"I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.

"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was — that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.

"Ron Paul… you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide — 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban… I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.

"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."

Now, take that for what you will. Dave's a smart guy for sure. And there's no denying his love of politics. But I just can't get that scene from Some Kind of Monster out of my head. Can you? Peace sells but who's crying?

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