Today’s pop music is absolute rubbish

Posted on 04 January 2012

Yes, we’re talking about the likes of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and LMFAO.

By Azim Azman

Pop music used to mean something. Now, it's just drunken drivel.

LMFAO is not music.

There I said it. In fact, perhaps I can be so bold as to say that most of what counts for ‘music’ today is not in fact, music. They are just products, designed and manufactured at the lowest possible cost to satisfy the demands of nameless executives in shiny (albeit good-looking) suits.

These mass produced garbage are then marketed as the next “hottest thing” and then discerning listeners such as myself have to sit through it as these songs get played over and over again over the radio.

While I am not saying that people who have Jason “the Pokemon” Derulo on their playlists are lacking in musical imagination, I do wonder why are they willingly submitting themselves to the torture?

Music is suppose to be a manifestation of human creativity. It is suppose to be a tool for us to explore the various overarching themes and events that happens in everyday life. Indeed for a long time, it was. Music was the soundtrack to the various events of in the late 20th century, it’s now the soundtrack to alcohol-fueled kids puking their guts out after another Friday night of binge drinking.

Now before you accuse me of being a boring old fart who would prefer to rain on other people’s fun, I would like to point out two things. One, I am old and two, I am not ranting against the party culture,

I’m saddened by the the music that is played at these parties. What counts for good vibes just sounds like someone behind a soundboard randomly mashing up buttons and then remix-ing the hell out of it.

It’s just noise.

It is no secret that the music business is more business than music these days and indeed MTV has ceased to be about music for quite some time now. A casual look through their programming will show that you are likely to be either watching some rich 16 year old girl planning her birthday party or catching up with some annoyingly loud idiots from the shores of New Jersey.

It’s more “TV” than MTV, even then it’s horrible TV but to elaborate on that point would require me to digress further along the road named ego-trip. So I will move right along.

My point is is this, music used to mean something. By “something”, I mean that it was a vital reference point to peoples lives. They were both a commentary and a reflection of the state of the society that the music was from.

Take for example Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”, the song about a downtrodden blue collar worker in the heart of America that was popular not because of slick marketing but because it stuck a very real chord in its listeners. Yes, it was a good tune but underlying it was proper musical skills that was able to capture the hearts and souls of listeners.

Not the over produced auto-tuned nonsense that is being produced almost on a daily basis (you hear me Kanye?!?).

I am aware that this is how the industry works, that the shiniest, most good-looking “artist” who can carry half a note will get the biggest slice of the publicity budget. Indeed why do you think Jennifer Hudson lost all that weight?

It is a pity that the good music is being drown out by drivel and I would love if the industry and people in general would pay more attention to worthy bands. But I am just a lone warrior fighting against the frantic shuffling that happens every time someone says the name Barbara Streisand. So I end this here piece with a small request,: Look beyond the stuff being played on radio, explore and expand your musical horizons, I beg of you.

Who runs the world? Old white men in suits, that’s who. Take note, Beyonce.

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  • vampyrelunar

    BRAVO! FINALLY someone says something about the music industry nowadays. Kudos man kudos.

  • Anonymous

    Nice try guys. I lived through the 80s and I remember people saying back then that pop music is crap. Everybody was saying that Michael Jackson will never be as great as the Beatles.

    • Tim Tebow

      Says who? There’s still Adele and Katy Perry for every MJ gone

      • Anonymous

        Did you understand my comment? I meant that there is this tendency to deprecate what you have in front of you, and say that the older generation was better. MJ only started being considered a great 20 years after Thriller. Back then he was just a guy who sold a lot of records.

        That said, I don’t rate Katy Perry at all. We’ll be talking about Katy Perry 20 years from now the same way we talk about NKOTB today. (I dun blame you for not knowing what NKOTB stands for btw) Adele has a fine set of pipes but she’s never written anything as great as “Billie Jean” or “Beat It”. Yet. And she can’t moonwalk.

        • Flux

          Adele is not ‘POP’ and so is katy perry ( she is in a whole other genre by herself). Will they be legends in years to come? Time can only tell. Anyway to each his own.

          • Anonymous

            Both of them are young and maybe haven’t released things that will make them legends. Otherwise on the basis of what’s already been released – for Katy Perry, no, at least not for musical reasons. For Adele – she’s operating on the same level as Tracy Chapman or Suzanne Vega – very good but not great. For both of them, my advice is to get better material. Like Britney is doing.

            It is possible that there will not be any more music legends. For somebody to be a legend, he will have to be both very popular and produce very good music. So in the 90s, you had people who were very good (Bjork, Wu Tang Clan, Radiohead) but not popular enough to become legends.

    • Benny Jones

      Bro, I beg to disgress to the nth degree here. You just can’t compare the musical output of a Michael Jackson. Adele, Kate Perry and others simply lack the timeless quality these guys in the past had.
      Yes, even Sinatra said that Elvis would never amount to much, right?
      Do you have a musical ear and can make an appraisal of what is good and what is timeless?

  • Edd M. Yan Yan

    Yay for Adele.

  • Ben P Scott

    So true. I expect higher standards from people who are this popular and successful. yet none of them fulfill the basic requirement of being able to write a song or play an instrument. we dont NEED these people. they dont have anything to offer.