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German Measles Break Non-Metal "No Disease Names" Rule

You know, if we had to sum up The German Measles' music, we'd have to just stick with saying, "They're from New York." It's a very, very Velvet Underground, East Coast approach to rocking you and mocking you. They're so obscure they haven't even heard of themselves, you motherloving hipster. You dig?

Still, we can enjoy that vibe, that art-rock cock-sock in the sex scene of this Andy Warhol flick of a band. Their songs can move you, and tracks like "Eternity" are fun in a kind non-ironic way. But that name...

You can't call yourself after a disease if you're not a metal band. That's rule No. 1 in the band-name book. Metal shall have dominion over all the death, so sayeth the Lord our God. What's the indie band doing with metal's property?

First, we went a-digging in the Houston Press research library... which is just an old laptop Brittanie Shey has written "Fancy Book Learnin'" across the screen in green lipstick on and whose homepage is Wikipedia. Still, it served our purpose for learning about German Measles.

Ed. Note: We would add that immediately after lunch is not the best time to search "German Measles" on Google Images.

German Measles is better known as rubella, which means when you get that MMR vaccination it should really just be MM and more M. Its symptoms are generally rash, swollen glands, and a fever. It's generally a mild disease, with symptoms being more sever the older you are. There's no cure, but vaccination is pretty much foolproof against it.

To sum up, German Measles is a mild disease, easily preventable, and gives you a rash. How on Earth does that correspond with rock music? We disguised ourselves as a hitchhiking watch salesman and managed to get picked up by the band in order to ask them that question.

"We're all doctors, so we think about medical stuff a lot," they said.

"Would you mind terribly not all speaking in unison like that?" We asked. "It's really creepy."

They stared blankly at us as the ride continued.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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