Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Minor Observation #527

I think I have finally figured out why some of the top pop hits of today grate so fearfully on my nerves. I'm a kind Dad and sometimes let my daughters listen to Hits One on the Sirius radio. Some of the tunes played are quite good. Some make me want to leap screaming from my moving Prius.

It's not just the overtly sexual lyrics which would have given me pause even when I was a horny 18-year-old. It's not just the unimaginative melodies and over-processed, faked-up singing. It's not even the deliberate "stoopid-ness" of the personae adopted by the performers.

No, what really makes me cringe is the fact that, of late, producers have been sampling heavily from the most over-played pop of the 1980s to build the music-montages over which their singers rap, croon or mumble. They've appropriated songs that were big hits at a time when pop music was at its most fake, unimaginative and tedious. And the songs they are (re)using were horribly over-played in the 1980s.

There was some good music produced in the 1980s. But it wasn't what made it as "pop hits." I still listen to some music from the 1980s. But I was sick of these hit songs 20 years ago. Adding new lyrics and beats hasn't helped.


Pat said...

Thankfully, there are classic rock stations like WNCX now, so we don't have to listen to these talentless people.

I knew we were in trouble when Vanilla Ice ripped the music from "Under Pressure" off of Queen and had his way with it.

I like your blog, Mike !

Jan said...

Mike, I wish you could get your kids interested into folk music.

I wish we all could. Being folk is not easy.

Performing it is still fun, though! :-)

Things I do.

I haven't visited your blog in a while, glad you're still blogging. I found you through Flickr, we've been contacts for a while.

That's Elbert With An "E" said...

Some of my kids were watching a top hits of the 80s on VH1. For whatever reason some of those songs got stuck in their heads. My oldest son found many of the songs on Project Playlist and has been playing them as a result. I've heard more 80s music in the last 2-3 weeks than I've heard since the 80s. Ugh.

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