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Editor's note: This is the second in an ongoing series profiling the groundbreaking early 21st century Oklahoma band Hinder and the mercurial genius at its fore, singer Austin Winkler. Part one is available here.
SEPT. 13, 2057, NORMAN, OKLA. — When considering the timeless influence of Hinder, a band that defined life, love, passion and high art for at least three generations of music lovers, one might be tempted to compare singer Austin Winkler's life and indelible contributions to pop music to the 1980s film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."
Much as the heroes of that story came from humble origins to reshape our perceptions of what music could be, uniting the world in a new era of peace and love, so too did the members of Hinder, a band that crafted music so achingly beautiful and profound that it made Sigur Rós sound like The Meatmen by comparison.
Sitting at the bar at O'McFlannagins Irish College Pub, Winkler belches sonorously, a protest of sorts, directed against the elderly biker woman who just moments ago rebuffed his romantic advances. "She was cool about it, I guess," he says. "Not everyone can handle someone of my stature, and I get that." He punctuates this with another massive, ripping burp.
But even witnessing his gaseous eruptions firsthand, one cannot forget the music he created, the enduring works of sophistication and elegance contained within albums such as "Jupiter than Stupider" and "One Toke Right at the Line." The incident reminds this reporter of another 1980s film, "Amadeus," whose titular character declares "I am a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not."
Winkler might be a vulgar man. But his music most certainly isn't, and it will live on long after the dozens of biomedical devices keeping him going have given out. And for that, all of humanity is grateful.
After the jump, check out the video for Hinder's "Use Me," one of the finest songs of the 21st century.