Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Nice 'n' Sleazy



Being the cultured sort of lady that I am I spent an hour last night watching VH1's Storytellers. Bon Jovi were the stars of this particular episode playing their tunes and recounting the tales that go alongside them. Now something struck me about the audience. They were nearly all female. This isn't the first VH1 Storytellers that I have watched* and in the other shows the audience has been far more evenly spread between the sexes, if not male in the majority.

This led me to question why Bon Jovi of all bands seem to have an overly female demographic. Is it because they are good looking? Well yes they are, but there are other rock bands with attractive members out there that don't have anywhere near the level of female fans that Bon Jovi do. The answer it seems to me is that Bon Jovi are essentially non-threatening. They seem like nice guys. Nice. Now as my beloved art teacher Mr Wilson used to say to me, "nice isn't good, nice is bland. Never describe anything as nice, art is black and white, brilliant or awful never just nice. "

Don't get me wrong I love Bon Jovi's music and if Mssrs Sambora** or Jovi were offering I doubt I'd refuse, but when it comes to rock'n'roll I like something more. I want my rock gods to be a little bit dangerous, a little bit sleazy, a little bit dirty. I want the Robert Plant's, the Slash's and the Nikki Sixx's of the world.

It's strange really because in real life I always go for the nice guys.***

Ladies and gentlemen, how do you like 'em? Naughty or nice?





* The Bowie one is a cracker.
** Apparantly Sambora makes Tommy Lee look like a tiddler. Heather Locklear obviously likes 'em large.
***Actually I'm sure they are all lovely guys in real life, Robert Plant in particular, but you know what I mean.

27 comments:

Billy said...

I dread to think what this says about me psychologically speaking, but female singers I like to be as filthy as possible.

Jules said...

My old English teacher used to say that if she ever caught us using the word nice in an essay she would fail us on the spot.

I agree with Billy. I like 'em naughty. Have I mentioned Amanda Palmer at all...? :)

The word verification says rpayfun. For some reason this is amusing me.

Jools said...

Got to be a bit naughty haven't they...I kinda like the idea of one that would scrub up well enough so that yer mum doesn't give you a hard time, but would most certainly give you a hard time between the sheets. Bon Jovi - they're nice, music is nice, they don't swear, mum's like them...housewife music as it were. Give me Eddie Vedder any day...(please would someone give me Eddie Vedder, please)

{Minion} said...

Hi Hannah,
I like my girls to be sure of what they're called...

Actually, I like quiet, artistic, intelligent, practicle and preferably gothic girls.

but after a few beers anything'll do...

I like nice girls, with a brain.
Had one once....one of the best people ever..., then tried bloody loads of others, and finally found another, totally different person, but many basic traits the same.

i found naughty girls are loads of fun, but will quite often make life awkward for fun...great for dates, not for soulmates.

btw, i promise never to missname you again, Heather.

{Minion} said...

though i had intended to use as many H names as I could...

Lynsey said...

Hi H, sorry to be a stranger. I like them 100% bad. It courses more heartache but makes things a lot more interesting. One of the first crushes I had was on Slash and then Mr Perry. Naughty just = sexy.
Speak soon girl.

Billy said...

"I kinda like the idea of one that would scrub up well enough so that yer mum doesn't give you a hard time, but would most certainly give you a hard time between the sheets"

That's got to be a interesting category, appears all sweet and innocent but is in fact utterly, utterly filthy.

Or is it is utterly filthy but is capable of keeping it in (as it were) when the situation demands, reserving the filth for later when it is needed the most. :)

Sounds good to me either way.

Billy said...

And then of course, there's the question of whether we want someone like us or the complete opposite.

I find myself flitting between the 2.

skeadugenga said...

I'm definitely drawn to innocent looking, but privately filthy. As to whether that's like me or completely the opposite, I couldn't say, because I'm much too demure and ladylike to offer an opinion.

baggiebird said...

Mmmm most definately naughty.....nice can be seen as safe and boring, although they do say it's the quiet one's you have to watch !

ukxgrkld - possibly one of the Orks from LOTR ?

Billy said...

Hmmm... so the verdict seems to be innocent exterior, naughty interior.

(not that I'm taking notes or anything)

Jools said...

See what you really want is all that nice on the outside, chocolate armadillo on the inside stuff, plus someone who isn't high maintenance and 'gets you' - as opposed to abandoning you in supermarkets when you start doing a rendition of fame!

Billy said...

"abandoning you in supermarkets when you start doing a rendition of fame!"

Just singing, or dancing as well?

POE said...

I'd call the 'not abandoning...' bit having a nice inside. And if the outside is too nice it's offputting. Am I just bucking the trend wanting the opposite?

Jools said...

B - dancing of course!
Poe - well not too nice looking of course, but you know not looking like you've brought a tramp home to yer mum

Billy said...

"B - dancing of course!"

It would have to be singing as loud as possible, while stood on the back of a trolley, freewheeling down an aisle for me to consider abandoning.

Freestyle singing and dancing is fine. :)

Molly Bloom said...

It's all about the heart.

Naughty or nice.

*Smile* at what Min said.

realdoc said...

You want them filthy really, but with a sort of sensitive side which doesn't show itself very often but you know is there so they're not going to treat you bad or anything.

First Nations said...

hairy, dirty, kitten stomping, harley riding, tattooed, cigar smoking, expletive spewing, weight lifting, tequila drinking bad.

but in a nice way.

Lynsey said...

Mmm i am taking notes as there is a fella I am trying to seduce into wanting me rather than his current girlfriend who apperently (i believe him) it isnt going well with. Darn, I new a reason for needing that cheerleader outfit would come up if I didn't buy it.

ill man said...

As far as rok stars go...........Nasty I think. They need to have that 'Leave Me Alone' aura thing going. Chummy pop idols are fine to a degree, but you'll never fall in love with them.

In terms of Rock'n'Roll, it's better to be loved/feared/admired than it is to be respected. Always beware of respected rock musicians, they tend to be session men or The Rolling Stones.

Jules said...

"Chummy pop idols are fine to a degree, but you'll never fall in love with them."

I disagree. :) The one I'm in love with is very friendly. :D

Rabidus Badgerus said...

Hello, I thought I would just shout "CORDUROY UNDERPANTS" :-D

sarah said...

heather i can asure u that bonjovi do have male followers there were plently when i saw bon jovi in june this year i usually end up talking to them. and as for them being nice well yes they r lovely family men but they do swear and have tattoo's etc its just they have all got abit of a sensible side to them know adays as they have familys...and i wouldn't kick them out of bed if they asked...and as for wot type of man it has to be bad ruff and ready type always but a well spoken lovely mannered man who rides a motorbike wouldn't go a miss...

ill man said...

So, who ya in luv wiv then Jules? =D

I think I just like sneery, distant, contemptuous rock stars. That's how I think they should behave. It's how I hope i'd behave if I was one. In reality though, i'd probably be more Billy Bragg than Billy Idol.

Good to see you around again Jules!

Jules said...

"So, who ya in luv wiv then Jules? =D"

Not telling. :D (begins with an 'A'...)

It's good to see you again too sir. :)

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