Smells like Mormon teen spirit
|It was finding out that John Fowles was a teenage skate-punk and that his favourite band was Bad Religion that inspired this post. Clearly John's music tastes as a young man (definitely not For the Strength of Youth material) did no lasting damage (!) It got me thinking about Mormon teenage rebellion and what is kosher and what isn't. Over at Headlife I mentioned my own enjoyment of grunge as a younger kid. I totally embraced the alternative music scene in the early 90s--its music, its clothes, its politics-in every way but one: its morals. That is, I didn't smoke, do drugs, or have sex. So really I wasn't very punk at all. I was a good Mormon boy trying to be punk. But I had to have some act of rebellion in my life so as to not feel like a total nerd. I knew that the music I listened to was a little naughty--and I enjoyed it for precisely that fact--but I never felt like I was completely of the Dark Side.
Does this ring true to anyone? I have met so many good Mormon kids who are really into "heavy" music, but would never dream of otherwise rebelling. Is music the kosher rebellion for Mormon youth?