The manliest band you probably wont listen to

The manliest band you’ll never listen too

Recently I have discoverd a band that I was most likely surprised by. Before I reveal the band I want to let everyone know do not knock it before you try it! This band has inspired me to pick up my cmguitar agin turn on my Marshall JCM 900 and play music once agin.

The band is Hanson!

Yes, Hanson the mmmbop guy’s from the early 90’s who get a bad wrap for being kid mucus ins.

Let me tell you now why they are a manly band. First if you know anything about music…at all you can’t deny these MEN got chops. I’ve never in my life herd and band so tight with great harmonies live. With the exception of the Los Lonely Boys.

Although the men of Hanson may not be as crazy as the Hanson brothers yes I’m referring the the triplets from the movie Slap Shots.

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They are manly men. And here’s why.

1. They are craftsmen
Now a days most “artist” and I use that term losely do not write their own music. These guys can play, write and perform. That is a rarity in todays world. They have taken time to understand and perfect their craft.

2. They are persistent
After being dropping from their major record label. Hanson decided to keep at it! And with all the strife that can cause they perceived unlike the Jonas brothers. Men preserver. Just like Rocky Balboa said. keep moving forward after getting hit

3. Scott Ian of Anthrax gives them the thumbs up.

4.They have there own BEER!

MMHOPS! what man does not dream of having their own beer? Well they did and they created it!

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If my reasonings did’nt prove it maybe their music can stand alone heres a song off their new album Anthem

4 Things a Man Should Be (Guest Post)

Written by Micah Taylor

This weekend Johnny approached me at a wedding–well he didn’t so much approach me as he just yelled to me as we were dancing next to each other during some song about raining dollar bills on less than reputable women–and asked if I would write a guest entry for this blog. I agreed, and asked Johnny what type of content he was looking for.

“Anything about beards or manliness,” he said.

“Wait, aren’t the two mutually exclusive?”

We laughed. And y’know, while that running joke among men who can actually grow facial hair is all well and good, the truth is, it’s rather unfortunate that genetics alone don’t determine what makes a man. Unfortunate because, if that were the case, I wouldn’t have to try so hard to live up to an actual standard of manliness every day, I could just wake up and be good to go.  But alas, there is a standard, and it’s not measured in beard length.

So your beard–or your bench max, or your car’s top speed, or the price of your “timepiece”–is not the measure of manliness. In fact, there are plenty of men who I consider a shining example of manhood who can’t grow a sprout of facial hair. I can’t think of a single one right now, but they’re out there. I can also think of plenty of bearded men who are just destructive little boys in a man’s body. What then, defines a man?

Well, here are a few things I believe, fundamentally, any real man is (and ladies, stick around for this read, because here are things to look for in a man):

  1. A cultivator.
    In Genesis 2 we see God showing man how to create and then tasking him with the responsibility of cultivating–that is to promote and improve growth by labor and attention. It starts with a garden (Genesis 2.15) then moves to people (Matthew 28.19). The concept is that you work to make something better. Whish brings me to my next characteristic…
  2. A worker.
    Men should not be defined by their jobs. However, men should be judged on their work ethic. So what you have your masters degree in rocket science and have applied to a few places. If it’s been a month and still no job and you spend the majority of your days watching episodes of Game of Thrones, you are a failure. I don’t care if you have a doctorate degree and twelve years of experience, working at Best Buy or waiting tables at a TGI Fridays is not beneath you, because work is not beneath you. So get a job, or go build a house in your free time, or volunteer to scrub the floors at a retirement home. Just do some work.
  3. A meat eater.
    If you are a man, you will eat this, or we can't be friends.

    If you are a man, you will eat this, or we can’t be friends.

    Animals are for food. Plain and simple. I can get behind the mentality that there are living hunks of food who are improperly treated by unethical companies in an industry that does not deserve our support. So don’t eat at McDonalds then. If that’s your conviction, there’s a great farm-to-table movement that assures you that each cow, chicken, and pig is raised in a humane environment and treated like family all the way up to the time it hits your plate. Support this. Or go respectfully kill a wild deer. One minute it’s a free animal living without a worry in the wild, the next minute it’s tasty food on your plate providing nourishment for you and your family. I really can’t think of a better way to go out. I hope I get the honor of such a death.

  4. A lover.
    Lover does not mean man whore. I hate that the word has taken on some twisted sleazy Casanova vibe. But simply, I mean a man who shows love and compassion to everyone. Who resorts first to words, not violence. Who seeks out the good of others rather than selfish gain.

Well, that’s about all the space I have. But I’ll leave you with a picture of my wife and me. Yes, she is way out of my league. And yes, the beard did help, but it clearly wouldn’t have been enough. This is proof that if you chase after being the right things, someone might accidentally think you’re a real man after all.

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The manly-man bucket list

Death comes to every man.  It is inevitable.  Although, we as men, like to believe we are immortal (superheroes if you will), ultimately we will all die. Once you accept that, you should plan to make the most of your time here on earth.  There are certain things I feel that every man should experience in his life. I have put together a list of five things I believe every man should do before he “kicks the bucket.”

5. Grow a beard and/or mustache

As a man, it is our God-given right to grow a beard. In this “mansome” generation, we are told, “shave your beards or mustaches! Keep your hands manicured! [what?!] Moisturize your face!!!”  Essentially, “give up your manhood!” I say, TAKE IT BACK! Grow that beard! Grow it as long and as handsome as you like…or as much as your genetics will allow.

4. Go on a camping/hunting trip

We are primal beings by nature. Whether you believe in evolution or creationist theory, as a species we came into this world living in and amongst nature. So as a man, before one dies we need to reconnect with our ancestors. So grab a good smoking tobacco, a good brew and some buddies and go explore the great outdoors.

3. Suit up.

Although the idea of a perfect man is obviously a flannel-wearing, bearded, Harley-riding badass. even the manliest of men should own a good tailored suit.  A well tailored suit is to a woman, as fine lingerie is to a man. I doubt any man or woman would disagree that we could all take a little advice from JT and don a suit and tie when the occasion presents itself.  😉 Afterall, “every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man.”

2. Work a hard, manual labor job

The bible says if you do not work you should not eat. I’m sick of seeing men today sit around and wait on the government to provide for them.  I think that at some point every man should work a hard, get-your-hands-dirty, type of job.  Afterall, it is called MANual labor for a reason, men! Whether it’s building a house, working construction, fixing a car, working the land, or wrangling cattle, everyman should work for what he has…but always be generous to those in need – which brings me to number one on our list…  but before we go to number one here’s a tad bit of advice from Henry Ford. Wood.

1. Help a person in need.

Along with everything else we can learn from this fine generation, we have learned to become very self-centered.  A man is not defined by merely his brawn or his beard, or the possessions he’s acquired.   His heart and his attitude towards life and those around him are what define a real man.  Before leaving this earth, it is your manly duty to help those who are in need when ever possible. If you take nothing else away from this list, take with you number one. EVERY man is capable of helping a person in need.  Generosity, chivalry, and strength of heart are what make a real man.