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Drowning Pool Upset Over Arizona Shooter’s Affinity for ‘Bodies’

Scott Legato, FilmMagic

Once again, heavy music is unfairly connected to a national tragedy. Texas rockers Drowning Pool posted multiple statements on their website addressing the fact that Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner posted a video that featured their definitive, 2001 hit, ‘Bodies,’ on YouTube.

Loughner, 22, opened fire in Arizona on Jan. 8, killing six and injuring several other innocent bystanders, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was hosting a ‘Congress on Your Corner’ event at a local supermarket. It’s an unfortunate association, and the band wants to remind people that their music does not incite a disturbed person to action.

The band’s first post, which went live on Monday, read as follows: “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.”

‘Bodies,’ which features the signature lyric ‘Let the bodies hit the floor,’ is no stranger to controversy or being misconstrued by people with deeper problems. In 2003, a 19-year-old boy murdered his parents while playing the song. Drowning Pool address the constant misinterpretation of the lyrics in their statement, writing that “‘Bodies’ was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit.”

Drowning Pool also expanded upon the song’s meaning, writing that “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.”

Despite having a popular anthem with an inflammatory lyrical declaration at its heart, Drowning Pool engage in positive activities, such as performing for the troops overseas and petitioning for a Mental Health Care Reform Bill in Congress, and are upstanding members of the community.

However, the band posted a second statement on Tuesday, after an article in The Washington Post connected the shooter and the song … again. That post pointed out the writer’s omission of key facts and irresponsible journalism. “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 … Listening to Drowning Pool music does not make you a bad person. Misleading people does.”

It’s an age-old quandary, and one that is a rush to judgment. Kudos for Drowning Pool for taking another moment to set the record straight … again.

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