Today’s Music Sucks!
I HEAR THIS LINE ALL OF THE TIME!
I am sure that you do as well, and while I used to be a proponent of this type of thinking, I have changed my mind over the past year or so. Why? Because I’ve realized something. Well, alot of things truthfully.
First off, there is no such thing as a BAD genre. No one genre is bad all around. Sure, there will be genres of music that you don’t listen to, but I dare you to listen to even 25 songs of each genre and say that you hate each and every single one of them. I dare you! Because I know that you will not be able to come away from that experience and say you hated every song. There are little intracacies in each genre that, while maybe being subtle, are melodic and sound pleasant to the ear.
Second off, I am almost positive that since the 1960’s, people have said that “today’s music sucks”. Radio music has always been about what is popular at the time. The whole psychedelic rock movement (with Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and others) of the 60’s and 70’s was not popular when it first came out. People still wanted to hear the Beach Boys and other similar artists on the radio (by no means am I saying the Beach Boys are classified as bad music, their harmonies were impeccable). The Glam Rock movement of the 80’s was not popular until a few years into the decade. People always like to complain about change, it is just a fact of life. The best example of this is the 90’s. The Grunge era was so unpopular, that Nirvana, the so-called “kings” and “inventors” of Grunge, were forced to live out of their cars until Kurt Cobain ultimately killed himself.
Third off, music is all about expression. If someone writes a song about their wife getting killed in a drunk-driver related car accident, and you say that the song is awful, you just basically shit on this guy who just went through one of the most trying times in anyone’s life. Think about it. While there may be what you might call “weird” or “different” genres or songs, know that someone, somewhere, likes the song or genre for some reason, whatever it may be.
So, no, I don’t believe the statement that “Today’s Music Sucks”. I don’t think that is an accurate statement. In the 2000’s alone, we have seen guitar gods such as Matt Bellamy of Muse and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, and their bands have had significant airplay on radio station’s nationwide.
-If you don’t believe me and think you’re so knowledgeable with your Herman Li guitar technique, then check out these videos yourself and tell me you can play these perfectly:
So don’t say that rock bands never get any radio play. And even Avenged Sevenfold, who is a rock/metal, artist, is getting radio play. So every genre is getting radio play. I think the bigger issue here is which songs are overplayed and which are not. If you want to debate that question with me, I would gladly like to talk about it.
Now, 2011, while artists such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry take over the charts, it may be harder to stick to this way of thinking. But, I have seen full band covers of Katy Perry’s songs and the like into different genres, such as Pop Punk or Post Hardcore, and the covers totally change the songs, while keeping true to the song’s foundations. There are so many artists who are doing so many things with their music, that is really is impossible to say that today’s music as a whole is terrible. Sure, there will be auto-tuned bands and Rebecca Black music videos, but isn’t that what music is supposed to be about? Different opinions and perspectives?
Now, with saying that, I think that something needs to change. YouTube has become a huge platform for hate campaigns on particular artists. That needs to stop. It is so annoying when I go to a video of the Eagles, who were most popular in the 70’s mind you, and there are comments regarding Justin Bieber…WTF? What does this have to do with anything? Why does there always have to be a comparison? I do not understand this at all? Why can’t we all just listen to our music, and enjoy it, while sharing what we think others will like? Is that really so hard? I don’t think so, and I think it is possible, but not with all these people trolling YouTube. It is annoying, and it needs to stop now. Thank you for your time everyone.
P.S. With saying all this, though, there is one thing I can’t stand. That is all the Bieber fanboys or fangirls. Please stop. And the picture that I put at the top of the page makes me want to punch him in the face.
My Favorite Albums of All Time
Hey there! So I figured that I make a list of the albums that have had the biggest impact on me as a person and me as a musician. They will go in order of importance, with most important being at the top. All the blink-182 albums are a given (including +44’s sole album and Box Car Racer’s sole album), so I probably won’t even list them in any particular order, if I do list them at all. All of Muse’s albums are included as well, although not as high up as these in a full album sense. All of Taylor Swift’s albums should be placed somewhere here as well.
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Showbread - No Sir, Nihilism is not Practical
Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock (This doesn’t really count because it’s a comp album, but it’s too good to omit)
P.O.D. - Satellite
Set Your Goals - This Will Be the Death of Us
Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
Matt Nathanson - Some Mad Hope
Green Day - American Idiot
The Maine - Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Taking Back Sunday - Where You Want to Be
The Darkness - Permission to Land
Chevelle - Wonder What’s Next
Good Charlotte - Young and the Hopeless
These were all either albums which I still listen to to this day or albums which I listened to constantly when I found them. I apologize if I made any major omissions or if you feel that some of the artists on this list are not deserving of an award such as this. Well, so be it. It is after one in the morning, so here is the list!