This is sort of a poll, I guess.
I always thought everyone just kinda went crazy for instrument destruction during a show, until I saw all these comments on YouTube videos for bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, even Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Nirvana, all legends that all of a sudden people are trashing and calling “overrated and terrible” just because they destroyed an inanimate object. “It’s so disrespectful, give it to me” all that whiny BS.
I vote badass. I understand why some don’t like it, but that’s a part of the point. And overall, people love it precisely because it’s disrespectful and brutal. It’s fun to riot and come on, who doesn’t like to destroy shit, or watch shit get destroyed? That’s why most people like it. It satisfies an aggressive desire for sadism in a typically high adrenaline/high testosterone environment. A random and epic outburst of violence.
I think it’s a bit different today - I can’t imagine artists like Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townsend smashing instruments if they came about today, it’s floated up the genre ladder as rock gradually produced more aggressive genres. I would expect to see a guitar smashed in a fit of adrenaline at a hardcore show, maybe not a blues or a folk rock show, for example...though it’s all over the place.
Off the top of my head, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Kiss, Metallica, Saxon, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Yardbirds, Skid Row, Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, Krokus, Warbeast, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Clash, The Misfits, ad infinitum, made a habit of doing this. They’re still awesome musicians anyways, and anyone trashing them because they destroy their own property for entertainment is being a pussy killjoy, imo.
But I can’t stand people that whine and say it’s “cliché”. Um, yeah, that’s because it’s almost as old as the guitar solo...showmanship, specifically instrument destruction, began in ‘63 with The Who (though with a few smaller, isolated acts before then) - that’s going on 60 years, more than half a century, of instrument destruction being an oft practiced staple across the rock music scene and its many, many sub-genres. Millions of bands across the word, small local ones and big, arena-selling ones have done it. It’s badass. It’s fun. It’s not supposed to be some artsy expression that “was only acceptable when Jimi did it” - it’s fun to destroy shit. Its awesome and fun and it always will be.
Anyone else wanna offer their take? Is it badass or just bad?