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Arizona Assassin Identified With “Bodies” Song

Arizona Assassin Identified With “Bodies” Song (photo)

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The song “Bodies” by Dallas hard rockers, Drowning Pool, already has an infamous reputation. It has long been known to be a favorite of US troops, often played just before heading into a combat zone by the younger soldiers, much to the discomfort of those who believe that playing it glorifies the grislier, if often necessary aspects of military service — killing people.

The song has surfaced in a video called “America: Your Last Memory In A Terrorist Country!” allegedly posted by Jared Lee Loughner, the mentally disturbed Arizona shooter who killed six people and horribly wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscson over the weekend. In the video, an American flag sits planted in the parched ground amid arid Arizona flora, and the mind numbingly repetitive song starts up. Let the bodies hit the floor, Let the bodies hit the floor, Let the bodies hit the floor… Then a figure wearing a brown hoodie and garbage bag pants creeps into frame, eventually lighting the flag on fire. The tasteless video is punctuated by nonsensical chat bubbles, one of which says “I only have my right arm,” though the figure is clearly concealing a left arm inside the neo-monk/leper costume.

THR reports that the band was “devastated” to learn that their controversial single was once again associated with a murderer. In 2003, the song also served as the soundtrack to a double murder in which a 19 year-old killed his parents with a shotgun while listening to it on his headphones.

“‘Bodies’ was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit,” the band explained in a statement, explaining they do not advocate violence. “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.”

It’s right proper of them to denounce the association of their music with so many horrible acts. And it’s great that they say the song is about a brotherly code, but the lyrics don’t really bear that out. Along with the simplistic repetition of the lines previously mentioned, the lyrics consist of the repeating lines, “Nothing wrong with me,” and “Something’s got to give.”

There isn’t much else to the three-minute-plus song other than “Skin against skin blood and bone / You’re all by yourself but you’re not alone / You wanted in now you’re here/ Driven by hate consumed by fear.”

I could poop in a bag, leave it on my best friend’s door step with a message reading poop back and forth forever, and claim it’s about brotherhood too. Still, blaming the “Bodies” or Drowning Pool for influencing this Loughner psycho to kill anyone is uncalled for. Though a conversation about why these kinds of people are attracted to a song like this is worth having, and maybe we should take a look at why there are so many mindlessly bad hard rock acts in our culture too.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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