Sin Is In YKTTW Discussion
|Sin Is In|
Waxing lyrical about unhealthy or antisocial activities
This description is a stub. Help is welcome. In contrast with Do Not Do This Cool Thing, this is when something that could be seen as reprehensible is lauded and praised to high heaven (this need not be a song, though it often takes that form; Lyrical Dissonance may come into play depending on your sensibilities), with no expense spared in lyrical ability and epical tone for the sake of conveying the perceived wonderfulness, significance and importance of these vices. Compare with Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, Good Is Boring, Good Is Dumb, Good Is Old-Fashioned, Evil Is Cool. Works with criminals or gangsters as protagonists can be this way, particularly when there is no payment of karma shown for the violence, cons, or stealing that they do. Or, the karmic payment is in terms of the "honor code" or culture within the criminal world (e.g. punishing bad deeds, insults, or betrayal against fellow gangsters), but not for the general bad deeds they inflict upon society at large. Intimately related to Evil Is Cool, Evil Feels Good, Evil Is Sexy and Evil Is Stylish. General:
- Vampire in Brooklyn has Eddie Murphy's vampire character Maximilian killing and replacing a minister (also played by Murphy) and then preaching about the balance of good and evil. Or being more specific, that there cannot be Good without Evil, and as such is all right to commit sins for the sake of balance-the more heinous, the better.
- You know the dealer, the dealer is a manWith the love grass in his handOh but the pusher is a monsterGood God, he's not a natural manThe dealer for a nickelLord, will sell you lots of sweet dreamsAh, but the pusher will ruin your bodyLord, he'll leave your, he'll leave your mind to scream.
So many things can get you highI'm gonna try 'em all just once before I dieHe'll fly his astral planeTakes you trips around the bayBrings you back the same dayTimothy Leary
- "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles: Many believe the title to be an anthropomorphism of LSD, as the initials of the key words coincide. And the song describes relaxing, turning on, and taking in some incredible sights.
- Sammy Hagar's "(There's Only) One Way to Rock":
Now it ain't that I don't smoke myself / I don't reckon they hinder your health / I smoked 'em all my life and I ain't dead yet
- "Heroin" by The Velvet Underground is more bittersweet: the user who sings its praises knows that, for better or worse, he's hopelessly wed to it ("it's my wife/and it's my life"), and he knows he's one of those people whom others point to as one who won't ever amount to much, but doesn't care ("And thank your God that I'm not aware/and thank God that I just don't care"); but it mostly describes the rapture of a high, with the quickening instrumentation itself suggesting something rushing through the blood.
- "We like Rohypnol! Just forget it all!
- La Celestina has the titular villainess go in great detail about how awesome wine is, listing all kinds of virtues, real and imagined, concluding with "the only bad thing is that good wine is expensive, and bad wine hurts you".
- The drink Tequila was popularized in Western countries by a novelist who wrote entire novels about his protagonist boozing it up around the world.
- Calimotxo became very popular in Spain after a New York Times article praised the obscure, cheap drink (coca cola with cheap red wine) as a delicatessen.
- Tex Williams' "Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette," a simultaneous paean to and denunciation of smoking. Followed by "Smoke Smoke Smoke '68," an updated version.
- Mercilessly spoofed in Clone High's musical episode, where the kids got high on raisins and re-enacted the entire hippie movement in the course of one day.
- James Bond films do this a lot.
- Again, James Bond.
- Beautiful Decon-Recon Switch in Going Postal.
- Catch Me If You Can is about how awesome being a con artist is.
- Ocean's Eleven combines this with Stealing is Swell.
- Disney's Peter Pan has the song "A Pirate's Life", which is about how fun it is to be a pirate. It's sung by Captain Hook and his pirate crew to the Lost Boys to try to convince them to become pirates.
- One Piece and any other shows with The Pirates That Dont Do Anything, where you get all the freedom and badassery of an outlaw lifestyle without the drawback of having to cut throats just to get by.
- It is very typical of Japanese works of fiction to have males go in-universe on great, epically-worded tirades about their sexual perversion of the day. Usually the narrative treats it as but endearing rather than out-and-out supporting it.