Who knew that Manowar could be such a polarizing band? In a way, Manowar expresses many of the world's problems in foreign policy, and the manner in which we fail to understand each other's cultures. In places like Europe and South America Manowar really ARE kings. They play to large audiences and no laughter can be heard when they hit the stage. Only stern faces, throwing the sign of the hammer can be seen in stadiums and arenas. Here in the United States, when I last saw them, all twenty people were laughing when they hit the stage at a club best known for its 80's night. When Joey broke a string during his bass solo ("Sting Of The Bumblebee"), the laughter was louder than the sound of his piccolo bass. How this band can be received so differently in two places is beyond me. If we work together to understand this, and bridge the chasm between us...there is hope for the world. If one day, when visiting Europe I don't laugh outloud when I see ten teenage kids wearing Manowar shirts air guitaring (as I did in Spain once)...there can be hope. For now, I can only imagine that their Manowar cassettes are like tiny time machines. Tiny time machines that take them to a time and place when metal was king. A place where wearing leather pants was okay (see videos below).
The guy in this first video certainly knows who the kings are. Slow start on the video, but boy does it deliver. Fantastic boot-cut leather pants. I'm sure this guy is well loved by his neighbors. Like other videos we've posted in the past, this one is proof that people in certain parts of the world appear to live in another era that the rest of the world is in.
This guy also knows what's up. Again, slow start...but it delivers.
On the other side of the coin we have this young man, voicing his opinion against the kings of metal. The YouTube phenomenon of long winded videos where mildly effeminate teens voice their opinion about random subjects should really be limited to people who have at least some speaking abilities. This kid sounds like he was dropped on his head as a baby multiple times. I know these types of videos can get old, but I couldn't help myself.