I thought it was about time I check back into mainstream society by listening to what's playing on the radio these days. (Take a wild guess whether this will be a rant or rave.)
Just listening for an hour made me remember why I decided to step into my (admittedly semi-pretentious) NPR bubble. So many of the songs and artists sounded the same...the same over-produced quality, the same uninspired lyrics. Blah. Then there are all the different groupings of artists meant to represent various personas: the angsty girl who is disgruntledly singing to the guy who jilted her, yet still maintains a tune that you can easily sing along to (Kelly Clarkson, Avril, let's put Ashlee here too-an aside: have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of "Lala?" it's obscene); the ensemble of thugs whose Kevlar vests that used to protect them from bullets now shield against a broken heart (or maybe some chick in the club who catches him getting busy w/ some other chick); the sensitive guys (band or solo) who seem to be singing for the sole purpose getting other girls to think they're sensitive and "deep;" the divas who actually have good voices but end up sounding just awful in their attempts to sound hot and sassy or just simply outdo one another in vocal gymnastics . And then there are just the no-talents w/ good producers (okay, I love Ciara's "Goodies," but she just doesn't have anything in the jar at all in terms of talent). Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention Nelly b/c I don't know what genre he falls into. Probably just the general "craptastic" category. All of this garbage just blends into one big blob of blah.
I guess that music's been going down this degenerative spiral ever since the Pop Machine came out of nowhere circa 1997 and the advent of Britney. But don't these things go through cycles? We're due for a renaissance in pop music sometime soon! I want to hear music on the radio that elicits a visceral reaction in me...whether that's to start singing at the top of my lungs, to burst into tears, or to bust a move by myself in my room. The only reaction I have is to mindlessly sing along and then shut the radio off after an hour b/c they're playing the same 15 awful songs AGAIN. Don't get me wrong, I know that there is good popular music out there...you're just not very likely to hear it on the radio (is that a paradox?).
Maybe I'm just getting old...sigh, I miss the good ol' days of B96.