The punk rock movement allowed musicians to rage against the artistic machine.
The songs were short, ugly and yet melodic. The lyrics reprimand the face in accordance with you, a tone that burned both young and young at heart. Their music established a bulwark behind which office culture flourished.
Time burned out quickly, but it left us with legendary acts like The Clash, The Ramones, Sex Pistols and more. Their countercultural cries shook the artistic world, and it is a long time since anything similar could rise in our calcified waking age.
Is it coming soon?
The spectator recently argued in the affirmative. The socket suggested that the wave “would drown Hollywoke, just as the Red Sea did the Egyptian army in the old two-part book they never read, and in a way even Ridley Scott could not direct.”
The conventional entertainers – think late night TV, awakened streaming platforms and relics like “Saturday Night Live” – lack something similar to the punk aesthetic. They would rather wave a finger in your face than scream at the man.
Hell, they have The Man’s back.
It leaves a massive gap for apostate artists to march right through. However, it is not as easy as plugging in your amplifier and playing a dive bar. Today’s punk artists have to dodge Big Tech censors, cancel out the culture scolding and all too often fellow artists who are eager to capture a scalp in the waking wars.
Yet, as it stands right now, many are doing just that. The counterculture revolution is well under way. Look no further than the new king of late night comedy, Fox News’ “Gutfeld!”
Now neither Fox News nor host Greg Gutfeld can be considered “indie” by any definition. Fox News is a mega-company that often conflicts with its own customer base.
What Gutfeld offers, however, is a free-thinking approach to the late-night arena. He might as well be Johnny Rotten, who snarls at the status quo five nights a week.
He is far from alone in defying the group thinking of pop culture.
Rapper Tom MacDonald’s songs are like Gutfeld monologues that have sprung to life. He rages against the awakened police, the death of the nuance and how we are “brainwashed” by the media. He is angry but thoughtful, a rapper who is eager for Americans to stop fighting each other and turn on the forces that divide us.
He does not have a regular music brand. The corporate press ignores almost all of his iTunes victories, and they are growing. Rolling Stone will not give its coveted cover to its rebellious smile, even if one of the Boston Marathon bombers once captured that honor.
His music videos achieve a million plus views in about a day too late, and the songs typically pimple the iTunes charts.
WE HAVE 17 SONGS IN THE iTunes HIP-HOP TOP 200 🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/SGQ6GmCARq
– Tom MacDonald (@IAMTOMMACDONALD) June 10, 2021
He does not need the media. The fans have his back. Ask any artist who is willing to defy conventional norms – build a fan base or continue at your own risk.
That’s exactly what The Babylon Bee has done in a relatively short period of time. The Christian satire site tells all the jokes Stephen Colbert does not want from his late TV perch. Think right-wing, God tweaking “news” that appeals to the audience with an open mind.
The bee is routinely attacked by Big Tech for doing just that. It is also at the mercy of far-left outlets like The New York Times, Never Trump’s bodies and dishonest fact checkers.
Yet it persists and even thrives.
Consider the following faux news article: “Report: Biden did not check the clock, just made sure there was no blood left on his hands”
Report: Biden did not check the watch, just made sure there was no blood left on his hands https://t.co/2iYrDORxgT
– The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) August 31, 2021
In just one day, this story earned more than 17,000 Facebook shares along with 16,000 retweets. That is the power of social media. And, of course, another sign that Americans are starving for jokes that hit the other side of the aisle.
Can The Onion, an extremely left-wing humorous site that routinely ignores news that hurts Democrats, even compete?
The counterculture revolution is not always an orderly, Left v. Right debate.
Comedian Ryan Long is aggressively apolitical and promises fidelity to the fun first and foremost. He’s still a rising star in the comedy space and gets big views on YouTube with his impressive sketches.
Imagine watching this on “SNL” – provided you have a robust imagination.
Even the name of Long’s podcast, “The Boyscast,” triggers choosing Americans. The content is twice as much.
He still has a rabid sequel, a movie on the way and no plans to stop keeping those awake feet to the fire. Long can thank YouTube for much of his success. The same goes for country crooner Buddy Brown.
The unapologetically conservative singer tried to be a star in the conventional way. He visited Nashville, guitar in hand, hoping to grab a record deal. The forces that were did not want his right-wing lyrics on their album, so he went junk.
Brown started his YouTube channel, avoided touring in direct interaction with fans and became a little “s” superstar. His channel boasts half a million subscribers, and satirical tracks like “We Gotta Be Less White” go viral in a hurry.
New media platforms like YouTube and podcasting allow artists to bend the system on their own terms. That’s why Tim Dillon is a comedy giant, even if you do not want to see him boast of a late couch. Dillon’s podcast teasing is like Howard Stern 1.0, a wildly honest voice that is not afraid to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
And why not? He’s a comedian, not a head of state.
Hell, the fact that Compound Media exists today is more evidence-free free speech junkies waiting to be entertained. The subscription-based channel, launched in 2016, offers a series of comics that refuse to tolerate the waking line.
They have even branched out into a live tour, courtesy of the show “Comedians of the Compound”.
Comedians of the compound in Cuyahoga, OH
19.-21. August‼ ️
Get tickets now: ⬇️⬇️⬇️https: //t.co/vtmu8i8nTE pic.twitter.com/VVsAgG4OMN
– Composite Media (@CompoundAmerica) August 17, 2021
Podcasting offers other countercultural voices, from the current king of the pile (Joe Rogan) to disgruntled liberals ready to speak the truth to power (“Breaking Points”). Adam Carolla helped pave the way for these voices on two significant fronts.
He quickly separated from terrestrial radio to podcasting in 2009, giving the budding medium instant gravitas. Plus, he forged a fiercely independent voice from day 1 and modeled for others that it was safe to speak out against false narratives.
His latest broadside against the mainstream press is a good example.
What do they have in common in this countercultural wave? Raw talent.
Who claims that Carolla is not one of the most engaging comics of our time? Long’s videos would be a breakout hit for any late night show or “SNL” episode – if they had the courage to broadcast them.
MacDonald is not just a clever lyricist, but a songwriter with an ability to hook that defies genres. Rogan can interview a guest for three hours – three hours! – and keep its audience engaged.
Still getting into the counterculture revolution?
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- SalemNow, a budding streaming platform aimed at mid-range audiences, expands its content range
- Angel Studios is just warming up with fresh food
Massive roadblocks remain in the way of the revolution.
Conservative stars like Nick Searcy are still struggling to raise funds for select film projects, suggesting that wealthy GOP types are still wary of pop culture risks. Actor-producer Kevin Sorbo says the wallets are still relatively tight for indie films that defy cultural group thinking, with about a 10 percent boost later.
The upcoming Loor TV, dedicated to faith-friendly fare that does not make audiences cringe, is seeking more funding to launch its new approach to the streaming wars.
For every crowdfunding success story – think indie artists like Ethan Van Sciver and Chuck Dixon – others struggle to reach their goals. The crowdfunding campaign for “My Son Hunter,” a project with a veteran director attached and a topic not to be missed, has 65 percent of its crowdfunding goal since debuting in March.
This is despite the team behind the film’s successful CV, including the indie hit “Gosnell” and the play and phone movie “FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers”.
The media and Big Tech, already on guard against the counterculture revolution, could throw more obstacles in the way.
- Some of Long’s videos have been blocked by TikTok and Instagram … could Twitter and YouTube soon follow suit and block other comics along the way?
- Podcast giants may begin censoring content that does not conform to government-approved voice points.
- Leftists can switch from ignoring the aforementioned content to actively seeking removal.
Anyone who doubts these scenarios has not been awake for the past 12 months.
Even if some of the above happens, it may be too late. Once a revolution moves, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to stop.
I have been beaten, I have been thrown out
But I’m not down, no I’m not down
I have been shown, but I have grown
And I’m not down, no I’m not down
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