Monday, August 14, 2006

the history of shitty music

Music videos are so stupid. If you enjoy watching music videos you should think about making some life changes.

It's an awesome fact that MTV killed music. Check out this list of wicked albums that came out in 1980. What a wicked year. But then MTV came in 1981 and ruined everything. Suddenly appearances are important and people saw how ugly guys like Tony Iommi and Angus Young really were. Sissy losers who can't sing or play guitar now have a way of becoming famous - by making a stupid video. This marks the beginning of stupid shit like "hair metal", "boy bands", "hip-hop moguls" and "the triple threat diva".

Music used to be about the music. But then it became about "media consumption". The product is the "the artist". The commerical is the music video. It's selling you the fantasy of living the the artists desirable lifestyle. Dont you wish you were P-Diddy? You'd get to drive nice cars with hoes in them and always dress in white suites. Your life is a pile of ass next to his. But hey, if you buy some "sean jean" clothes you'll be a little more like him.

This is why good bands always have shitty ass videos - all they know about is making good songs. Any video will only take away from the awesomeness of the song.

trick question: how can a video capture the awesomeness of "Run To The Hills"?
answer: it cant. thats why the video is a ridiculous mix of Maiden on stage and funny stock footage. There's no point in trying to make a good video because music videos are stupid, so this is all you get...

It's like watching a movie and afterwards saying "the book was better". This is my favourite music video.

All is not lost. It's my wicked opinion that music has already gotten better and the trend will continue. And thats because of the internet. Grandma can go online and download Jukebox Hero by Foreigner and email it to her grandchild. And grandchild will hear that one guitar and buy a beat up six string from a secondhand store. He doesn't know how to play it, but he know's for sure...


Blogger r a z said...

whoa! who are those wickid guys in that video? iron maiden you say? i have to check them out..

3:25 PM  
Blogger bajel said...

triple threat divas? sweet

11:05 AM  
Blogger Dimitri said...

The music industry, to some degree, has always been about selling a product. This did not start when the video came about, although it has exacerbated the situation. All you have to do is look back through the generations at all the shitty acts that have existed and you will see. Don't believe me? Ok, how about The Monkees, Annette Funicello, Phil Collins, The Osmonds, Olivia Newton John, Andy Gibb, The Beegees, Barbara Streisand, Wild Cherry, Boston, Journey, Foreigner, The Shaggs, I could go on. All you have to do is got to a thrift shop and look through the record bin to find all this garbage. After you have hit a few different shops, you will realize that most everyone bought the same shit records. Why? Because of advertising. Because of the music industry pushing bad taste. Well, a lot of people just have bad taste to begin with, so I guess it's the old question of the chicken or the egg here. Regardless, bad music has always existed, and will never cease. Even though the music video didn't come about until the eighties, there have always been other forms of media to push popular music: television programs, radio, and print advertising. What's the difference? Once again I say, there will always be bad music, but there will also always be inspired and original artists producing good music as well. Who cares? MTV doesn't even show music videos anymore.

4:09 PM  

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