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“I wonder how often one has to make nerdish references to qualify as ‘nerd’ music. ‘Lightspeed’, off Dr. Dre’s classic ’2001′ has the immortal line ‘making fools RETREAT! like Megatron and Starscream’,”
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Hip Hop ironically is full of comic book and cartoon references. Jay-Z’s 9th studio album “Kingdom Come” was actually inspired by the famous DC graphic novel of the same name (Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton a sound engineer who frequently collaborates w/ Jay-Z is a huge comic book fan and told Jay about KC which in turn inspired the album).

Ghostface Kllah is a huge fan of Iron Man (one of his best albums is called Ironman) and of his frequently used aliases is Tony Starks. Method Man (another Wu-Tang Clan member) has also frequently used a Marvel character, Johnny Blaze aka Ghost Rider, as a source of inspiration and as an alias.

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I suppose “nerd music” is different from nerds who make music. I’m thinking along the lines of, say, Frank Zappa, who was pretty damn nerdy in his youth — in the traditional sense of being fixated on technology (bicycle as musical instrument), non-mainstream cultural touchstones (Stravinsky, Webern), and nurtured a sense of his own inherent genius, which turned out to be warranted. Or a more contemporary example, Joe Bonamassa, who is a hardcore guitar-nerd with a serious amount of talent.

In fact, if you scratch the surface of most metal bands, I think you’ll find a lot of nerds.

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Vance- I think a good part of that is that Punk bands are not necessarily meant to be good. A punk band that is energetic and is having a good time need not be a good band at all to succeed at entertaining a crowd or listener.

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