Advantages I've failed to think of any
Disadvantages It's pathetic, it's killing real music and it can even be dangerous
Ooh, I could rant my head off over this, I really could! But you probably don’t want to see, or even listen, to me when I’m in one of my stressy fits, so I’ll try and make this op as coherent and balanced as possible. I just wish that the ‘musicians’ of today would do the same with their ‘songs’.Before I wrote this op, for the purpose of research I went and checked out this week’s Top 40 chart. As this represents the most popular music which is most widely listened to, I feel this represents the core of modern music most accurately. As I expected, I was not impressed by what I found.
First, I crossed out all the songs which are cover versions. Next, I scribbled through the tracks which display all the lyrical ingenuity of an inebriated monkey, repeating the same phrases over and over until they bore into your mind. Subsequently, I took great pleasure in striking through the artists who I feel are successful based on their looks and their image as opposed to their actual music. Now, I was satisfied that I was left with all the real artists, the genuine musicians who are actually trying to make an honest buck by producing decent music. These are the artists whom I respect.All seven of them.
You don’t need to be a genius to work out that this represents a pretty poor turnout. This means that for every proper musician, there are four or five more talentless wastrels just out to make a fast buck. This, to me, epitomises what is wrong with the modern music scene.Some of the artists popular today make me cringe. Take the example of the Cheeky Girls. Look at them, they can barely even speak English! But clearly that doesn’t matter any more, since as long as they cavort around in their size six skirts, touching each other’s derriere with now-monotonous regularity, whether they actually have any musical talent is irrelevant.
Let’s take another example. How many of you have heard the Fast Food Song? For those of you lucky enough still to be blissfully unfamiliar with it, its lyrics are as follows:“McDonalds, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.’
Yep, that’s it. All accompanied by lots of ridiculous dancing around in PVC dresses. Pathetic.To me, all this reeks of exploitation. This bubblegum pop is the brainchild of greedy music bosses, who take acts with no demonstrable talent and whip their target audience (pre-pubescent teenagers, no doubt!) into a frenzy with their clever marketing ploys. They’re taking advantage of both the performers and their impressionable audience, purely to line their own pockets.
This has very serious consequences for what I like to call real music. Real music to me is music which the recording artist has had input in; that is, they have been involved with the production of the track, and they actually sing it, rather than all this ridiculous miming. How would you feel if you were a genuine artist, you were truly passionate about your music, you saw it as the perfect expression of your feelings as it’s meant to be, yet no-one ever got to hear it due to the music scene being dominated by these bland, carbon-copied excuses for musicians?
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