DROWNING POOL Reflect on Arizona Killer Using Their Song 'Bodies' in YouTube Video
Published: January 12, 2011 - 8:41am
Metal band Drowning Pool have released a statement saying how devastated the group were to hear that the Arizona killer (Jared Lee Loughner) had used the band's song 'bodies' in a YouTube video before going on a rampage January 8th and murdering six people.
"We were devastated to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again...For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a mosh pit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy," said Drowning Pool in their official statement.
The group's hit moshpit anthem 'Bodies' was the lead single from the band's debut album 'Sinner' (2001). This is not the first time that Drowning Pool's song has come under fire; in 2003 Joshua Cookie murdered both of his parents while playing the song in his headphones.
"'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit. If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It's about a certain amount of respect and a code."
"We find it inappropriate to imply that our song or rock music in general is to blame for this tragic event. It is premature to make this assumption without having all the facts in the case," said the band.
Drowning Pool has cited the fact that they have petitioned for a Mental Health Care Reform Bill in Congress and have played to US troops overseas as facts that they do not promote the violent behaviour these random sociopaths have exhibited by taking their song out of context and applying it as an anthem of violence as opposed to what the song is really about - a moshpit.
"Listening to Drowning Pool music does not make you a bad person. Misleading people does," the band said, finishing their statement.