I've always considered Indus the only form of modern music which deals with philosophy. In its lyrics, it expresses the corruption of western civilization, liberalism, the hypocrysy of religion, the falsety of morals.
Because only white bourgeoisie is given the means to succeed (they are whom Marilyn Manson calls ironically "the beautiful people"). In another words, if you're white, rich, straight, gender-conforming, everything is for the better in the best of all world possible. On the contrary, if you're coloured, gay, gender-fluid or from a poor origin, roll up your sleeves and prepare yourself to suffer all your lifelong because of prejudice. You will stay a "slave" until you realize that norms are meant to be broken.
The prevailing thought is based on fake and base arguments. Political correctness is a way not to envision the real problems of society and politicians were nicknamed "heads like a hole" by Trent Reznor. Pasolini in his time spoke of "têtes de bois". Indus never was conservative. Or Repressive.
When you are young, you think that all that glitters is gold, then you realize that it is cold (Posthuman, in Mechanical animals).
Indus used a religious imagery in order to critisize not faith (Manson sung, I've never hated the one true God, but the God of the people I hated), but that institution which breaks you down in order to control you, to destroy any free thinker, to lenify your intelligence (Opium for the masses, as Marx said).
Indus is a modern form of art in that way that it faces you with the harsh reality. And yes, it is a difficult music precisely in order to make you realize that the world is violent: social violence of the upper classes and physical violence of the lower classes. As a person, you are faced by bullies all your lifelong because of that capitalistic system that promotes aggressiveness. The only way to survive is to become a bully too. To harden yourself, not to care for the others.
And now I come to the differences between Indus and Rap music.
Indus is a music of intellectual rebellion, which comes from Rock, hence its black, sinister, negative energy. It deals with the Devil, Legba, the Ol' black man of Blues. You can only do Rock if you sell your soul to the Devil, which means that you accept your bad sides. Accept not to please, accept to tell fuckers what they really are.
Rap, on the contrary, is made by bad boys who have never studied. A lot of rap singers were drug pushers, thiefs, easy woman who "saved their life" thru music. It was for them a means to earn more money (and there's absolutely no judgemental value in that statement. It's a critical analysis). Because they imitate the American model, Rap artists have "found" God, not religiously, but in a financiary way. For the Puritan America, you are blessed by God if you are rich. Wealth is a proof of election. And Rap singers think they are artists. But no, they are infatuated with themselves and money.
Indus artists never were obsessed with fame, glory and riches. Their goal was to provoke an artistic shock, to awaken consciousness. It comes from Punk, after all. That linkens Indus with the avant-garde movements, Dadaism for the vision of the world as absurd or Dalinian Surrealism, for the interest in provoking themes: Manson chanting "Antichrist superstar" in a fascist manner is the absolute reference to Dali"s obession with Hitler, which caused his exclusion from the group by Breton, a model of patriarchal order.
Dali was deranging, with his obsession for impure contents (faeces, visions of nightmares, interest for Nazism ...), his play on gender (he told he was impotent and would have had an affair with Lorca).
Surrealism was an emanation of Communism, which was not a model of individual liberties. And Breton would never accept René Crevel, who was gay and who would commit suicide in his thirties because he suffered from tuberculosis.
Brahim Megherbi - 2022 - all rights reserved - haus of golgotha