Mar 22, 2019
I would race home after school to watch a half hour of 80’s metal music on MTV every day. The REAL good stuff was on a weekend night going into the morning hours. I saw some of the most amazing music videos of my life. Then, out of nowhere, 80’s metal seemed to “jump the shark”. The sound, the look, and the quality began to dive. Nothing was new, the genre didn’t evolve, and it all grew wider not taller. Director Penelope Spheeris held up a mirror to the sunset strip scene in “The Decline of Western Civilization part 2: The Metal Years”. She examined the over-the-top results of this metal decade.
When a person exhibits an eye for capturing the essence of a moment I take notice. Missie Tong has that ability. Her photography actually speaks; it says words, a thousand of them. She tells whole stories through this visual medium. I wanted to know her narrative. Moving Music sat with her and discussed everything from 80’s metal, her effort as a drummer, her marriage to Jeff, to those pictures worth a thousand words. Buckle up buttercup as we ride into “The Decline of Western Civilization part 2: The Metal Years”.