A few weeks ago I was at a book club meeting and somehow the term “butt rock” came up…that is to say, at some point I referred to a band as possible butt rock and received blank stares in return.
It seems none of my lady book club friends have heard this term.
Butt Rock was first introduced to me as a genre of music by my husband. Based on my knowledge of the genre, I’d say bands like the Scorpions and ACDC are the epitome of butt rockism. Trying to explain to my book club buds what qualified as butt rock was surprisingly difficult…the husband and I can be channel surfing – hear a song come on and immediately agree that such and such song most certainly belongs in the butt rock genre. Baffled by their complete ignorance to this term, I decided to google it…just now…
Here is my favorite definition as described on Urban Dictionary:
The name “butt rock” has a few possible origins. First, in the 1980s, the musicians in many hair metal bands often dressed in a “glam” style, wearing tight pants that would accentuate their butts. (This may also be the origin of the term “cock rock,” which has the same connotations, as the tight pants would also accentuate the musicians’ crotches.) A less flattering origin for the name is that the lead singers of these bands sounded like they were singing out of their asses. Finally, the term can generally mean that the music sounds like ass.Dude, turn off that butt rock. We’re not at the gym.