alumiere (alumiere) wrote,

rotfl - swiped from ashbet

I. Phase one.

- Discard all clothes your parents bought you at old navy, savers, ross, etc.
- Discard your entire record collection. This is non-negotiable.
- Purchase albums by these bands:

-Front line Assembly
-16 Volt
-My life with the thrill kill kult
-Razed in black
-Nine Inch Nails

- Purchase a dog collar and several KMFDM shirts (even though they all look alike, uniformity is industrial because it's a social commentary... or something).
- Purchase a trenchcoat. Of course it has to be black. This is non-negotiable.
- If you are female, purple streaks in your hair make you the center of attention.
- Also go for the magnetic no-holes piercings and black eyeliner.
- When people ask who your favorite! bands are, always answer something along the lines of "oh you probably never heard of them"
- Dye your hair something dark and provocative.
- Start posting to the forum
- Start making music in Fruityloops. whip up a nifty name like "Gravitron" or "Destructive militaristic maschinery" or "Destructopsycho" and set up an account. Make sure to tell everyone about your band. Remember, the more people who download your music, the bigger your check will be.
- Change your AOL screen name to "smothered23hope". If you are female,
this may be replaced by anything which includes the words "pixie", "faerie", "doll", "grrrl" or any combination thereof.

II. Phase two.

- Realize that all the bands you liked two months ago are not industrial because they use guitars.
- You will pretend you were never interested in the aforementioned bands, but in fact you still listen to your limited edition "burnout at the hydrogen bar" lp constantly.
- Purchase CDs by the following 'underground' bands:

-Velvet Acid Christ
-Leaether Strip
-VNV Nation
-Suicide Commando
-Icon of Coil

- you make the mistake of ordering them from isolation tank. Wait a month for your shit to arrive. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 dollars.
- When people ask who your favorite bands are, always answer something along the lines of "oh you probably never heard of them"
- Replace those aging Airwalk sneakers with a pair of knee high army
- Buy a pair of vinyl pants and bondage bracelets/club gear.
- Buy a german army vest at the local surplus. - remember that your shwag is a metaphor of some sort (for the uniformity! of society and man becoming a machine... or something) so dress to impress.
- Dye your hair black and shave part of it. Do something "creative" with the rest. If you are female, decorate the rest with multi-colored extensions.
- Buy a roland groovebox and make "dark dance music with an edge." Pretend like this hasn't been done before.
- Go to your local industrial/goth club and hang out with your group of friends. Share fashion tips. Talk about "the goth/industrial/darkwave scene" and how much it means to you to go to these clubs to support "the scene".
- Pretend there is actually a "scene"
- Change your AOL screen name to "DekonstrvktedMekanizm23" or something in german.

III. Phase three.

- Realize that the bands from Phase Two are utter crap.
- beg the club djs in desperation for reccomendations to save you from your stale, repetitive record collection consisting of angsty techno and ESL lyrics.
- Upon their reccomendations, hurry to your favorite internet mailorder site and check the following to "add to your cart"

-Mlada Fronta

- you make the mistake of ordering from middle pillar. wait a month and a half for your shit to arrive. do not pass go. do not collect 200 dollars.
- When people ask who your favorite bands are, always answer something along the lines of "oh you probably never heard of them"
- Start posting to
- Change your AOL screen name to something cryptic or an acronym. For example "stubborncivility" or "E269GO__01V"
- get a livejournal.
- Get a Boss or DOD distortion pedal for your roland groovebox. claim that you are "experimental" Pretend like this hasn't been done before.
- start a side project, to allow more "freedom"
- Berate everyone for not having such obscure musical tastes as you.
- Sell your club gear to the salvation army. Keep your boots and army
- Start wearing black turtlenecks.
- shave your head...yes, like mr. clean
- Keep going to the goth/industrial clubs, but only to make fun of
everyone else.
- Even though you can't beatmatch, convince the club owners to give you a weekly 1 hour spot as "guest dj". Make up a silly dj name in the vein of your aol screen name (bonus points if your screen name is your dj name).
- repeatedly post your playlists to internet forums. Act like people
actually care that you play the same shit over and over.
- Be very self righteous about your dj spot. Remember, you're helping "the scene"
- Keep this dj gig until the club owner finds out that people really don't like paying a cover charge to dance to what sounds like a jackhammer looped for ten minutes.
- bitch to RMI about how the club owner "censored" your dj spot.

IV. Phase four:

- You realize "the scene" is nothing more than fashion victims paying for watered down drinks and overpayed europeans singing along to prerecorded material.
- declare that you were never really part of the scene, because you didn't fit in with the uniformity and the close minded attitude.
- Immediately discredit anyone who mentions "industrial"
- Determine that industrial music never existed outside the frame of throbbing gristle's industrial records.
- Thus, you determine industrial is dead
- Become "intellectual"
- Carry obscure and/or philosophical texts such as Nietzche or Witkiewicz.
- Pretend like you read them.
- Determine that god is dead. Pretend like this hasn't been said before.
- Openly discuss the "mad destructive genius" of Mein Kampf.
- Claim you are not a nazi.
- Collect nazi imagery.
- Determine that hitler is dead
- Become a 'photographer' or "artiste". Use lots of adobe effects.
- Make 'collages' of old war pictures. Badly. On your PC, of course.
Pretend like this hasn't been done before.
- Talk about going to 'art school' when referring to your community
college night classes.
- Buy music by these bands:

-genocide organ
-mental destruction
-grey wolves

- in fact, buy anything from anyone who sounds remotely european and whose releases are obscenely overpriced.
- When people ask who your favorite bands are, always answer something along the lines of "oh you probably never heard of them"
- Delete your AOL profile.
- Sell your Roland groovebox. Keep the distortion pedal.

V. Phase five:

- Revelation: power electronics has a horrible price to quality ratio and nazi imagery doesn't get you laid.
- Become one of the following:

A: Musician

- Some European guy on your buddy list just started an internet label and wants to release your post apocalyptic rhythmic micronoise made entirely out of milli vanilli samples.
- Everyone pretends this hasn't been done before.
- You are hailed as a "deconstructive, social commentative genius" by all the phase four suckers
- Your buddy's label goes out of business and you are stuck with 150
copies of specially colored one sided 7" priced at 12.99 a piece. All your friends hate your music.

B: Label manager

- You still believe in a "scene" and you try your hardest to "keep it alive"
- Find a gimmick (such as only releasing 10" vinyl or hand painted
mini-cds) and only release your friends' projects.
- Pretend to be "open to other genres" but one would be hard pressed to tell the difference between all your releases.
- Overprice everything. This is non-negotiable.
- Go out of business after three releases due to lack of distribution and the fact that no one actually enjoys the phase four music, it just seems like a good idea at the time.

C: pretentious art student

- keep making art. even your parents hate it.
- only listen to wanky academic music which experiments in
"psychoacoustics" or "microwave manipulation" because traditional music is "boring"
- start a pretentious artsy, incomprehensible website.
- model it after pretend like you've never heard of
- Impress people with your stories of traveling to Europe, when in fact
you've never left Wisconsin.

D: A washed up loser with no life skills and no social value-

-This is your most likely route.

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