Meet The Über-Fans

Chuck Klosterman has a look at those kooks who attempt to physically resemble their musical idol, and comes to a conclusion which I think reaches beyond just that phenomenon:

My suspicion is that highly prolific artists – especially ones slagged off by cultural elitists – unknowingly present themselves in such a way that audiences recognise elements of themselves within the sonic iconography. If a musician a) ignores public criticism while b) producing a substantial body of work, an unwavering fanbase will self-select itself. They will see the artist as extra-human, will feel they “understand” how that artist’s music reflects (and replicates) their own experience, and will immerse themselves in the musician’s catalogue.

Don’t miss the photo gallery.

4 Responses to “Meet The Über-Fans”

  1. xorg says:

    Sad, really sad.

  2. Birdman! says:

    Xorg – do you have a bright orange jumpsuit, or possibly a hideous blue plaid suit of Swedish manufacture in your closet somewhere? When I go out, it’s always pink terri cloth bathrobe with argyle socks. There’s at least one guy in the Marilyn Manson group photo that looks like he crept in through a gateway to another dimension, such as the one seen at the end of the original “Phantasm” movie.

  3. Hans says:

    Is it just me? Most of the time I have no clue who those über-fans are supposed do dress like.

  4. Hans says:

    O wait, here are the – SPOILER ALERT – answers:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/gallery/2008/may/16/disciples?picture=334199785

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