The Nuclear Edge--Dangerous Headbanging?

So I happened across this article the other day, which describes how headbanging might raise the risk of brain injury.

I'm forced to ask, wasn't that kind of the point?

Plus, the picture in the article singles out Iron Maiden fans, which to me is clear discrimination. Plus, it's a blatant false portrayal of character, as nearly the only actual band mentioned in the print of the article is Motley Crue. I don't know anyone who listens to both "Powerslave," and "Dr. Feelgood."

Moving on though, I agree with the article in that metal fans are not going to wear a neckbrace. However, the article insinutates that metal fans would listen to their doctor concerning headbanging in the first place. Now, I happen to know that an allergist I saw a while back was an Iron Maiden fan, but how often does that happen, really? Wearing a neckbrace might not be metal, but for most, listening to a doctor isn't, either.

Plus, the study is Australian. Of all people, the Australians, who have an acute understanding of beer drinking, rugby playing and general carousing, should know that headbanging was never about finding a healthy activity to let off some steam. The fact that they gave us AC/DC and Airbourne makes them part of the problem.

"Adult-oriented rock" sounds like a cheap euphemism for a porno soundtrack, but I have a feeling they mean something more like Air Supply. As for ballroom dancing....well, I got no beef there. I know more women who ballroom dance than headbang, so that's not a bad skill to have.

The study's authors also observed the headbanging of cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead. Listening to the Ramones' I Wanna Be Sedated, Beavis kept his "angular head velocity" within safe limits, they wrote. Butthead did not.

I find this hilarious. See, kids? Beavis and Butthead were teaching you how to be safe all along. Even your parents were fooled.

The moral of the story here, is that you should enjoy all things in moderation.

Live Loud.


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D.M is the Music Editor for He tries to avoid bands with bodily functions in the name and generally has a keen grasp of what he thinks sounds good and what doesn't. He also really enjoys reading, at least in part, and perhaps not surprisingly, because it's quiet. He's on a mission to convince his wife they need a badger as a household pet. It's not going well.

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