Re: Idolator. I used to enjoy their posts cause I thought they were kinda witty and very smart about how they covered pop. But, I remember they posted a huge rant about Radiohead not performing on a late night show (they opted to live broadcast from the UK instead of fly overseas just for one performance). The site basically called them pretentious jerkoffs pretending to care about the environment. I was done.
Left field choice for sure. I agree with a previous commenter that you should check out Tape One. “Deadline” was on my favorite songs list that year.
Not here to rag on “ALL POP MUSIC” because that is kinda silly honestly. Even the meaning of the word “pop” is subjective, though I realize most people mean ‘”Top 40″ when they say it. The reason I don’t like Taylor Swift is because I just think she’s really boring. I don’t HATE her or her music (though the Polaroid on the album cover is pretty lame), I just find it uninteresting. You could switch her voice out for any American Idol female pop voice and it would sound the same. You acknowledge that she is obviously no Beyonce musically, and that’s true, but it’s not only about being adventurous. Beyonce is a part of what makes her music what it is. She has a distinctiveness, some personality that comes through on her records, which is in my opinion what makes anything good. Same goes for Adele, Justin Timberlake, Drake, who are some other pop artists that I love. To me, Taylor Swift doesn’t have that. She is just a pretty blonde face to slap on the album covers. I don’t even think the craft is all that great either. Yes, her records are a masterclass in pop radio recording, but that can be really boring too.
You know what? F*ck yea.
This song is growing on me a little bit, but as someone who saw No Doubt 50 times as a teenager, the new ND/Gwen stuff has really missed the mark. The reggae/ska elements in this song and some of the new ND stuff sound super forced, and anything without it sounds forced too. There was a genuine quirkiness to their sound that is just gone.
I was really into U2 when he started with the sunglasses, and I remember telling people this all the time cause everyone was hating on Bono. Not sure where this was first reported, but it was definitely pre-2001.
I’m definitely not saying it’s right or legal. I see what you’re saying about ignorance but I wonder if it isn’t easier in the end to pay a settlement to the artist who refused to license their song to you and still get to use the total knockoff which is as good as the original to these advertisers. It’s almost kinda like money buying you what you want either way.
There’s an op ed in the NYT today railing against brunch. Are we even serious?
I remember reading something (maybe on this site) from someone working in commercial music and they basically said that commercial songwriters are hired with explicit orders to make something that sounds almost exactly like something else. I think it is absolutely intentional and not so much ‘ignorance of copyright law,’ though that is much more comforting to believe.
My mom was actually a huge R.E.M. fan going back to the 80′s. They were a band I remember always being on in the car. Monster was an album that actually kind of reignited our family’s love for them, and their show at MSG for the Monster tour was my first rock concert. Good f*cking times.