July 24, 2012
OK guys…it’s time to take off the gloves. What the fuck happened to music? I know that fans of classical music groaned and moaned when pop music took over the airwaves in the ‘60’s, but they joined the dance party when artists like Queen and King Crimson and even Malcolm Mclaren integrated classical themes and melodies into their music.
There were melodies and hooks showing up on the airwaves every other day. “Ground control to Major Tom”, “one pill makes you smaller and one pill makes you tall”, “You can’t always get what you whahant, but if you try sometime you get what you need.” , “What do you get when you fall in love?”, “Eight days a week”, “Something’s happenin’ here, what is, ain’t exactly clear……” All lyrics that reflected the volatile world around us. Now what do the lyrics express? I don’t even need to go there. You all know that this is the fall of the empire, dudes. There is no hope. Hope was born and died in the ‘60’s. We had our chance after they killed the Kennedys and shot the pope.
Another massacre in Colorodo. Aurora--What a beautiful name for a city. It is sooo sad. I am a pacifist. Does anyone even know what a pacifist is anymore in this fucking gun culture. Guns are for hunting!!! Yeah, hunting each other. 17 miles from the Columbine massacre 14 years ago. What the fuck? I have no answers and I am not implying anything. I am a man of little faith. 17 years of catholic school gave me a jaundiced eye.
OK, so I digress, ‘cause I’M PISSED OFF. What the fuck happened to music? I
think it started when I heard Spandau Ballet’s “True” on a hiphop song about a decade ago. They needed a melody to offset the rap and were too lazy to write one so they stole the fucking song from Spandau Ballet.
I know it’s been explained to me. They were just “sampling”. All made legal by a bunch of back room lawyers. Don’t get me started on lawyers, they’ve been persecuted enough. But that's a separate rant.
We are all whores!! Admit it! Remember when there was a concept called “selling out.” YEAH RIGHT! Nobody remembers artistic integrity. That was a very long time ago. I am long in the tooth but I still get hard. There was actually a time when the general public would be outraged if their favorite rock band’s song was heard promoting a car! Hah! I must admit though, that I loved hearing Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” sell a sexy convertible VW.
Did American Idol kill modern pop music? Of course not. They are just a symptom of the malaise. We are a society of lazy egocentric fucks! Everybody imitates everybody else and what results…is a lot of boring copycat crap. OK, I’m done ranting for the moment. Just don’t get me started. OK?