Berserk Button: Music

When a nice, normal character suddenly goes into a rage over something apparently innocuous, you've hit his Berserk Button.
  • Post-hardcore band At the Drive In's (and now The Mars Volta) Cedric Bixler-Zavala flips a shit when people mosh, slam-dance, or crowd surf during their shows, and has been known to patronize the audience by calling them sheep and baah-ing at them. Omar Rodríguez-López also hates slam-dancing to the point where he slams his guitar on the ground and stops playing.
  • Bat for Lashes has expressed her anger over people comparing her to Tori Amos. Then there's the unfortunate implication that she's saying that it's insulting to be compared to her, period.
  • Eric Bogle's song "Do You Sing Any Dylan?" is about the question guaranteed to cause any folk singer to fly off the handle.
  • Mark E. Smith of The Fall is a fairly amiable guy. Except if you mention Pavement to him. Do that at your own peril.
  • For years, mentioning the other members of Kajagoogoo was a good way of making Limahl very, very angry. (Their '80s split was not at all amicable.)
  • Madonna doesn't like hydrangeas.
  • Call Mark McGrath "Sugar Gay" and see what happens.
  • Try calling Mark Wahlberg 'Marky Mark' and see how that goes for you.
  • Don't call Meat Loaf "Marvin".
  • Monty Norman wrote the James Bond theme, not John Barry. If you go on record saying that he didn't write it, you will be sued (and you will lose - he's done it before and he's always won).
  • My Chemical Romance: Do not mention that you think they're emo, particularly to singer Gerard Way, who has voiced his hatred for emo many times and really doesn't like people labelling them as an emo band. (For the record, they're pop punk or alternative rock.)
  • When asked about smooth jazz saxophonist Kenneth "Kenny G" Gorelick, guitarist Pat Metheny gave a well-reasoned argument as to why he didn't like his music but generally had no ill-feelings towards the guy. HOWEVER, when Gorelick dubbed himself over jazz great Louis Armstrong, Metheny delivered a superbly out of character verbal assault, labeling his performance "lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing."
  • In the Replacements song, "Shootin' Dirty Pool," the protagonist loses it when someone shouts out, "Why don't you get a haircut, sister!"
  • If you are Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, do not, under ANY circumstances refer to your bandmate Charlie Watts as "my drummer." Last time Mick did something like this, Charlie slugged him and said, "Don't you ever call me your drummer again! You're my fucking singer!"
  • It was a bad idea to mention Vivian Campbell in front of Ronnie James Dio. Behold. The ranting starts at about 45 seconds in. Bear in mind this is coming out of probably the nicest, most considerate guy to ever make heavy metal music.
  • Scatterbrain's Don't Call Me Dude. An extreme case, in that the narrating character is getting out of the psycho ward at the beginning of the song.
  • Never refer to the frontman of the gothic-rock band The Sisters Of Mercy, Andrew Eldritch, as a Goth within his hearing.
  • Being called 'wacky' used to be a major one for Tommy Scott of Space, although he decided a couple of years ago to embrace his wackiness. As former guitarist Jamie Murphy put it, "Yes, we're wacky, we're quirky, so what?" On a more serious note, never joke about the Hillsborough Disaster in front of the band. Not only are they Liverpool supporters, but It's Personal for keyboardist Franny Griffiths as he is a Hillsborough survivor.
  • You can burn my house, steal my car, drink my liquor from an old fruit jar. Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh, Honey, lay off of my shoes...
  • Abbie Hoffman learned the hard way that, whether or not Pete Townshend agrees with your socio-political opinions, if you his band's set to rant them, you will get a guitar to the face.
  • Considering how much of a prima donna he's known to be, it's easier to list what doesn't count as a Berserk Button for Axel Rose. The guy's been known to show up late to shows, then walk off thirty minutes in if the lighting is wrong.
  • Chevelle's song "The Red" is about a character who's button is pressed when someone calls him a freak.