Jared Loughner liked Donnie Darko, Drowning Pool

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01.12.11 33 Comments

While the mainstream media focuses on the typically asinine and vomit-inducing aspects of the Arizona killer, unanswerable questions like whether “violent rhetoric” contributed to him being a batsh*t retard (does it matter? you can’t declare war on hyperbole), we here at FilmDrunk turn our attention to more important things, like the movies and music he was into.  Not to blame them, mind you, but to ridicule them for being sucky.  Sorry, it’s how we grieve. 

Sadly, details are a bit sparse when it comes to Jared Loughner’s DVD collection:

Loughner’s favorites included little-known conspiracy theory documentaries such as ‘Zeitgeist’ and ‘Loose Change’ as well as bigger studio productions with cult followings and themes of brainwashing, science fiction and altered states of consciousness, including ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘A Scanner Darkly’.  [DailyMail]

Donnie Darko is interesting, because although it’s a decent movie (the Swayze character was brilliant), stupid people have a way of attaching some grand meaning to it, as if the giant bunny rabbit is hiding the meaning of life.  It might be the most-common DVD in the dipsh*t’s movie collection, second only to Boondock Saints.

But let’s face it, I wouldn’t be sharing this story if a writer over at Yahoo hadn’t started quoting Drowning Pool lyrics.  OOOH WHA-AH AH– ah crap, that was a Disturbed song, wasn’t it.

In particular, a pounding metal song used as the soundtrack for the lone video Loughner marked as a favorite on YouTube — one in which an American flag is burned by a hooded man — contains lyrics that reference bodies hitting a floor. The video for the song itself — a 2001 release from the band Drowning Pool titled “Bodies” — features one of the band’s members screaming instructions to what appears to be a mental patient housed in an insane asylum.

A rock video set in an insane asylum?  Hold on, I’m writing this down. This is wild stuff.  Next you’ll tell me the video featured pyrotechnics and attractive women.

For a better sense of the song’s tone, here’s a sampling of its lyrics:

One – Nothing wrong with me
Two – Nothing wrong with me
Three – Nothing wrong with me
Four – Nothing wrong with me

One – Something’s got to give
Two – Something’s got to give
Three – Something’s got to give

Let the bodies hit the floor
Let the bodies hit the floor
Let the bodies hit the floor

Phew, thanks for that. I feel like I’ve reached a whole new understanding of what drives people to commit violent acts.  (Crappy gnü-metal).

The Loughner case isn’t the first time “Bodies” has been plunged into controversy. In 2003, Joshua Cook of Oakton, Va., reportedly listened to the song repeatedly at high decibels to motivate himself to murder his parents.  “Bodies” has also been featured in a slew of films and television programs, even serving as the musical introduction for Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon as he makes his way from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound.  [NAWT THE SAWX!  SAY IT AIN’T SO, TAWMMY!]

For their part, the members of Drowning Pool have long maintained that the song is merely a tune about what they see in the mosh pits during concert performances.

“It’s about my perspective when I look out and see the pit,” band front man Dave Williams said in a 2001 interview. “It’s about forgetting everything that has happened to you that week, leave your bulls$*t at the door and get it all out. But you have to have respect for the others in the pit. If you push them down, you have to pick them back up.”

Wait, since when do dollar signs make an “sh” sound?  Is that a secret code?  KE$HA’S INVOLVED IN THIS, ISN’T SHE! TELL ME NOW, YOU SON OF A BITCH!!!

Anyway, aren’t you glad that you learned dumb people have bad taste in things?  Still, I think they’re missing the most important part of this story: that Drowning Pool has been linked to aggressive behavior in parrots.

Damning evidence, if you ask me.

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