On Monday (week and three days since the publication of my column about Metal bands), I answer the phone, "hello, this is Melody Stone, how can I help you?"
"Hi, is this Sharon Stone?" a deep raspy voice on the other line responds.
"No... this is Melody Stone," I said, slightly amused and confused.
"Oooh, that's who I want," the voice said slow and decisive. "I just want to know why are verbally attacked us, when we didn't do anything to you?"
"Well, I need to know who you are before I answer that question," I said.
"Oh, I'm in the band Sadistic Massacre," the nameless voice explained.
"I haven't written about a band called Sadistic Massacre," I said, assuming he was talking about my metal column from last week, "I wrote about the band Sadistic Hallucinations," I clarify.
"Oh yeah, that's us."
"Did you just get the name of your band wrong?"
"Yes I did."
At this point I'm completely amused.
"Well I wasn't really attacking you guys, so much as making fun of your totally generic metal band name - did you read the article?"
"No... but my drummer did."
I continued to explain what I had said in the article, and nameless voice on the other end of the phone agreed with me on everything I said about the band. He claimed "Bath in Blood" is about Iraq and very political and I said, "All I could hear was 'Blah blah blah Blood blah blah blah death!" and he agreed with me saying that's what Iraq is. I told him it was simply not my personal taste and had he read the article he would have gotten that, and although I like some metal it's got to be more unique. He told me they just wanted to be another metal band and I suggest we both continue doing what we do and he happily agreed.