1) A cranked up, stiff non-syncopated drum beat. The snare drum must be very loud. This is a result of a music industry in the 1980’s that wanted to distance itself from any of the “boring” improvisational aspects of hard rock music.
2) Squealing lead guitar that lacks any semblance of feeling
and may be dropped into any other song on recording by said band.
3) Angry lyrics about teachers, cops and parents who are
always f-ing with you. Sometimes even librarians may be a target in videos.
4) Lyrics about being high.
5) Band members must laugh incessantly at all of their own responses to interviewer's questions. (David Lee Roth started this trend but he actually was funny.)
Butt rock is 1980's lightweight pop metal strutting with hair spray.
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