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(CNN)   Today's dose of awesome WTF: an article on leather clad metal heads in Botswana   (edition.cnn.com) divider line 50
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Oak
2012-06-30 01:48:43 AM
Botswana is adorable. If I were a 12-year-old girl, I'd want Botswana on my dresser.
 
2012-06-30 01:52:24 AM
i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-06-30 01:52:42 AM
FTA: "Metal was ceded here by a classic rock band that started in the early 70s. Since then, it's evolved and grown," he said."

/Sigh.
 
2012-06-30 01:53:20 AM
40 years late? 'bout right.

/Just kidding, whatever resonates for them is cool.
 
2012-06-30 02:02:38 AM
kvlt
 
2012-06-30 02:06:04 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
Metal is global.

/hot like a full concert hall
 
2012-06-30 02:08:44 AM
If it keeps them and others from raping young girls to "cure" AIDS then more power to them. Rock on!
 
2012-06-30 02:12:15 AM
We need to round them up, and have them play Blade clones in an epic action summer blockbuster, killing Twilight vampires.
 
2012-06-30 02:23:35 AM
Eastern Europe is twenty years behind the civilized world; apparently southern Africa is thirty years behind. Still, it's a fairly cool thing to be bass-ackwards about, so kudos to them. Thirty years from now they'll have their Justin Bieber and we'll all want to nuke them from orbit.
 
2012-06-30 02:25:45 AM
Time for Eddie Maiden to grow some dreadlocks? Prolly not.
 
2012-06-30 02:29:51 AM
Those leathers don't look cheap. Maybe Sally Struthers can preach to them about how many meals one of their studded leather biker caps could buy for their neighbors there on the continent.
 
2012-06-30 02:31:18 AM

bugmn99: Those leathers don't look cheap. Maybe Sally Struthers can preach to them about how many meals one of their studded leather biker caps could buy for their neighbors there on the continent.


Who cares? Their poor can get a job as roadies. Money, broads, sex, booze, drugs, rock & roll, fark yeah!
 
2012-06-30 02:41:19 AM

bugmn99: Those leathers don't look cheap. Maybe Sally Struthers can preach to them about how many meals one of their studded leather biker caps could buy for their neighbors there on the continent.


Tan the poor.

It would increase the supply of leather (and thus price) and decrease the amount of mouths to feed.

Everyone wins.
 
2012-06-30 02:46:45 AM
How to look like a goofy ass in one easy lesson?
 
2012-06-30 02:50:12 AM

Buffet: How to look like a goofy ass in one easy lesson?


It takes two steps.

1. Be white
2. Dance
 
2012-06-30 02:52:57 AM
media.giantbomb.comfallout.neoseeker.com
 
2012-06-30 03:02:05 AM
Buffet is not troo metal
 
2012-06-30 03:02:14 AM

malaktaus: Eastern Europe is twenty years behind the civilized world; apparently southern Africa is thirty years behind. Still, it's a fairly cool thing to be bass-ackwards about, so kudos to them. Thirty years from now they'll have their Justin Bieber and we'll all want to nuke them from orbit.


It looks like they've struck out in their own direction. They don't have to play cultural catch up -- they can take it wherever they want. They can skip the treacly Bieber phase and other recent trends; it isn't some sort of inevitable progression. Given the worldwide flow of information nowadays, I'm sure they're well-aware that metal isn't widely looked at as the latest thing anymore in America and Europe, but they decided it resonated with them notwithstanding.

And hey, some fresh takes on metal could be a good reinvigoration for the genre. There's nothing that says metal has to be a past thing.

/I'm curious to hear what they sound like
//To the Googlemobile, Robin!
 
2012-06-30 03:11:02 AM
youtube has all:

Skinflint - Iron Pierced King

/African Slough Feg in the video comments sounds pretty accurate. It's pretty good.
 
2012-06-30 03:11:42 AM
I've said a few times before that i live here in Africa and that the place is a dump. I'd just like to add here that Botswana is one of the exceptions to that rule. It has little infrastructure (good roads) and has a high HIV infection rate, but it's a good place to be. the people are actually friendly, the government is not antagonistic towards any racial group (when all the white farmers basically got chased out of Zim, Botswana took a bunch of them in cause they needed farmers with experience). It's a nice place, actually, if you can get past the mosquitoes.

/the more you know
 
2012-06-30 03:13:09 AM

Buffet: How to look like a goofy ass in one easy lesson?


I dunno, man. I think they look damn cool. Let's see if anything in your photo albums rivals this fly badassss poser.

'Come at me, ho'
i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-06-30 03:13:27 AM
Hm, and Botswana has more of a metal scene than I imagined..

tip of the iceberg for African metal, I bet
 
2012-06-30 03:22:08 AM
 
2012-06-30 03:29:54 AM
Does anyone see this post?

Quote me if you do, please.
 
2012-06-30 03:35:10 AM
Huh, that was pretty interesting and cool.
 
2012-06-30 03:36:57 AM
Look like Cowboy Rob Halford bros...


Hell bent for Leather
 
2012-06-30 03:56:07 AM
big whoop. metal is just a europeanized form of american black music. and what's american black music come from? africa. the bastard child comes *home*, not 'y'all are thirty years behind the times'.
 
2012-06-30 03:56:18 AM
The gods must be crazy to put heavy metal bands in darkest Africa. And in English. Patient as I may be reading this sappy piece, naked preying girls on an album cover, exploding transformers, dark side of the moon by Pink Floyd -- I doubt we'll get anything that radical from these planted roots. Still, it's better than what we usually read from Africa. Usually from Farkers, anything positive to say gets the shaft in Africa threads. News out of Africa usually has to do with losers in Casablanca trying to find Rick's hotel, Rwanda refugee eaten by a lion, king's parade ruined by bombs in remote Nigerian district; 9 killed. From the Sahara to the snows of Kilimanjaro, it's usually bleak stuff, not some ghetto girl turning into an African queen.
 
2012-06-30 04:00:39 AM
Next up: Swedish Menudo fans.
 
2012-06-30 04:22:00 AM
All I could think looking at those photos was "How do they not die from heat exhaustion!?!"

Full body leathers in AFRICA? What The F*ck doesn't even begin to describe it.
 
2012-06-30 04:25:37 AM

HighZoolander: SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.


Beginning guitar solo was weak sauce but that was completely awesome.
 
2012-06-30 04:38:24 AM

GungFu: Buffet: How to look like a goofy ass in one easy lesson?

I dunno, man. I think they look damn cool. Let's see if anything in your photo albums rivals this fly badassss poser.

'Come at me, ho'
[i2.cdn.turner.com image 640x360]


He looks like a black Randy "Macho Man" Savage. In leather.
 
2012-06-30 04:48:18 AM
i2.cdn.turner.com
encrypted-tbn2.google.com
 
2012-06-30 04:57:35 AM
Black Rockers in America:
i911.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-30 05:16:08 AM
"The leather-clad rockers share a similar aesthetic to notorious motorcycle gang the Hell's Angels. But that's where the likeness ends. According to Gunsmoke, the African head bangers are seen as a type of guardian angel, rather than the Hell's variety.

"Kids follow us around. Parents approach us. We're there for a good cause actually. We help people on the streets at night," he said.
"

Not bad. Kind of awesome.
 
2012-06-30 05:17:21 AM
I saw Maiden Gear in there!!

UP THE IRONS!!
 
2012-06-30 06:46:18 AM
We need to import some of these guys to teach the c~rap/hip-slop crowd all about CLOTHES THAT FIT!


/pull your pants up
 
2012-06-30 09:13:33 AM
I'm into more classic/experimental/jam band type stuff now, but these guys look awesome.
 
2012-06-30 09:45:29 AM
i2.cdn.turner.com

The Village People's decision to replace The Cop with The Road Warrior was met with skepticism by their fans.
 
2012-06-30 09:50:53 AM

HighZoolander: Hm, and Botswana has more of a metal scene than I imagined..

tip of the iceberg for African metal, I bet


Wrust is pretty good.
 
2012-06-30 10:22:04 AM
I am glad all the gay guys in Botswana have found an outlet that isn't getting them killed.
 
2012-06-30 10:28:20 AM

HighZoolander: SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.


That's awesome.

HighZoolander: /African Slough Feg in the video comments sounds pretty accurate. It's pretty good.


A little rough around the edges, but thumbs-up.

Adebisi: Wrust is pretty good.


That's also awesome.
 
2012-06-30 10:34:46 AM

Smoking GNU: I'd just like to add here that Botswana is one of the exceptions to that rule.


My uncle spend four years in Mozambique recently, it also sounded like a nice place. He was going to the beaches and going on road trips. Not the usual kind of news you get with someone doing community development in Africa.
 
2012-06-30 11:41:12 AM
I have to say the pictures are quite stylish, definitely something uniquely African about their take on it. I think it's the prevalence of groin mounted belt pouches.

HighZoolander: youtube has all:

Skinflint - Iron Pierced King

/African Slough Feg in the video comments sounds pretty accurate. It's pretty good.


Oddly enough, they appear to have a white lead singer from the live video of them who appears to be a stereotypical metal head.
 
2012-06-30 02:16:46 PM
At least, they're spared 100221551593255 albums about mighty viking warriors.
 
2012-07-01 11:02:36 AM
For a bunch of guys so into the cowboy theme, you would think there would be more Pantera shirts.

I'm a little bit afraid of the guy in the Cannibal Corpse shirt. In the jungles of Africa, he just might be promoting a lifestyle choice.
 
2012-07-01 12:47:43 PM

Cheese eating surrender monkey: At least, they're spared 100221551593255 albums about mighty viking warriors.


Until someone starts a Manowar cover band.
 
2012-07-01 01:01:43 PM

PlatinumDragon: Cheese eating surrender monkey: At least, they're spared 100221551593255 albums about mighty viking warriors.

Until someone starts a Manowar cover band.


Manogirls


/I didn't know this existed until I saw your post and thought - I wonder if there is an all-girl Manowar cover band?
//If there isn't a rule 34 for metal, there should be....
 
2012-07-01 03:50:04 PM

HighZoolander: PlatinumDragon: Cheese eating surrender monkey: At least, they're spared 100221551593255 albums about mighty viking warriors.

Until someone starts a Manowar cover band.

Manogirls


/I didn't know this existed until I saw your post and thought - I wonder if there is an all-girl Manowar cover band?
//If there isn't a rule 34 for metal, there should be....


"Manogirls"? Really? What, was "Girlowar" already taken? (Or were they concerned someone would mis-hear that as "GWAR"?)
 
2012-07-01 04:47:10 PM

Isildur: HighZoolander: PlatinumDragon: Cheese eating surrender monkey: At least, they're spared 100221551593255 albums about mighty viking warriors.

Until someone starts a Manowar cover band.

Manogirls


/I didn't know this existed until I saw your post and thought - I wonder if there is an all-girl Manowar cover band?
//If there isn't a rule 34 for metal, there should be....

"Manogirls"? Really? What, was "Girlowar" already taken? (Or were they concerned someone would mis-hear that as "GWAR"?)


Heh. I was thinking 'Womenowar' but they all sound pretty dumb.
 
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