I wish I could access some photos. They say that photos are the key to getting your posts read. And how am I to overawe and destroy Justin Bieber if I can't get photos?
As part of my ongoing preparation to go on Jeopardy, I've been trying to become current on today's pop music. I downloaded a whole bunch of recent hit songs and have been trying to listen to them.
So I guess I'm old because I mostly hate all of them. In fact, the wife and I went to Vegas last month and I got so depressed by our car ride--when I listened to a whole smorgasbord of Kesha, LMFAO, Bruno Mars, et al, that by the time we got there I just wanted to go home.
What a good pop song has to have, at minimum, I think, is wit. It doesn't have to move you, necessarily; it doesn't have to make you feel; but it has to be clever. Maybe it's melodically clever; maybe it's lyrically clever; maybe it's both. And Drake, for example, is neither. He's not even close to clever. He can't even see clever through a telescope.
And I just think--b/c I'm old--the pop music of the 80s: it was just better. Objectively, clearly better. Boy George or Human League or Adam Ant--all of those guys produced songs that were orders of magnitude better than the stuff that's being done by, say, Maroon 5. And why that is--maybe it's just that pop and rock is an exhausted genre, and there are no new ideas left--or maybe it's a less sophisticated listening audience--I don't know. But it's dispiriting.
Two small bright spots: Meghan Trainor and (small selections of) Bruno Mars. Actually, only one song of Bruno Mars (well, really Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars): "Uptown Funk." Highly derivative of James Brown, but man is it good. And M Trainor is pretty good too.
But that's it, as far as I can see. Give me The Thompson Twins and Thomas Dolby any day.