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RIP Peter Steele
Written by Tommi on 16.04.2010 10:32:04
I've had a bunch of heroes in my life. Some are the more apparent indie champions like Ian MacKaye, Lou Reed and such, but one that has played an equally important role in my life has been Peter Steele of Type O Negative who sadly seems to have actually kicked the bucket this time after joking about it numerous times in the past.
I fell in love with Type O Negative's dry-as-a-bone humor, unique sound and amazing songs around the time their biggest selling album Bloody Kisses (on Spotify) came out in 1993 and the relationship has been consistent since then and I still consider October Rust (on Spotify) from 1996 to be one of the greatest albums of all time.
What has always set Type O Negative apart from their considered peers in the gothic metal genre is their amazing self-deprecating humor, which is frustratingly uncommon in this genre which far too often takes itself far too seriously. Steele and co have since day 1 understood the importance of mixing the whole range of emotions by combining hilarious and razor-sharp wit with surprisingly profound thoughs. Mixed with a high-density of controversiality by flipping middle fingers at all political and religious fronts equally and successfully combining humane warmth with cold nihilism.
That's what for me has always put Type O Negative up there with The Flaming Lips, The Muppet Show and The Pet Shop Boys. Art that can actually make you laugh, cry and feel genuinely moved and entertained is very close to the very essence of art.
Peter Steele was a true artist and a one-of-a-kind public figure in the best and worst sense. This shit is hitting me surprisingly hard.
Here's a clip from the mid-90's where Peter is a guest on the Jerry Springer -show, showing the guy's amazing personality.
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