Feb 27, 2013 2:23PM

Oyster Playlist: Grave Babies

The Seattle band shares YouTube videos of GG Allin on 'Jerry Springer' and moms who love metal.

Describing a band as noise/pop/goth seems like a made-up description, but it's actually pretty applicable to Seattle-based band Grave Babies. Their new album Crusher is out today and features songs with titles such as 'Skulls', 'Slaughter', 'Death March' and 'Prostitution'. Oh, and did we mention that there's a sacrificed pig head on the cover? If your mum found your 14-year-old self in possession of this record you would probably be grounded, but you're an adult now so you're allowed to do what you want. Despite the satanic references (which are actually kind of tongue-in-cheek — just look at how harmless these guys are), Grave Babies are much more Bauhaus than black metal, their sound combining Jesus and Mary Chain's shoegaze with The Cure's synths, along with a tinge of both Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana. Take a listen below for yourself:

In between writing songs about eating babies and working at Actual Pain, the band's founder Danny Wahlfeldt put together this great/weird collection of YouTube videos for us which we will call a playlist for simplicity's sake. He also wrote a bit about each video:

Dad makes fun of his son for looking like Marilyn Manson on The Ricki Lake Show

The persecution of the young person over their tastes in art and culture has plagued every generation since the early part of the 20th century. 

Teen Talk: Punk Rock

See what real teens have to say about their so called "controversial" tastes when they talk with Joe Feinstein on San Fernando Valley's Teen Talk television program. Hear them discuss issues surrounding the negative perception of their particular taste in music and culture and how they dispel many of the myths surrounding them in popular culture.

Marilyn Manson appears on The Phil Donahue Show

Phil Donahue discusses "moshing" and its surrounding culture with his audience and then welcomes guest Marylin Manson to further the conversation. 

'Heavy Metal Moms' on The Geraldo Rivera Show

Not all parents believe their children's choices in art and culture will lead them to ruin. Watch as Geraldo Rivera speaks with a mother who has embraced her son's interests. Her son loves rock and roll. Hear the variety of ways she's chosen to support her child and hear her sing classic rock and roll tunes from bands like the Ramones.

GG Allin appears on The Jerry Springer Show

Finally, listen to what notorious punk rock legend GG Allin has to say about his particular brand of art. Hear his philosophies on life, music and his live performances and see what the live studio audience and other guests have to say. Decide for yourself — are the age-old concerns surrounding youth culture always relevant? If so, where do we draw the line? If not, why do we continue to raise these concerns? What are popular concerns with youth culture today? Is the decline of violent themes in popular music a sign of a stabilising society or is it simply just manifesting itself in other ways e.g. video games, films or even real life? Should we fear the evolution of our society? 

Ingrid Kesa

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