Arts and Entertainment

Missing the music of the old days

By Michelle Mandeau
Published: October 2009

Every generation is defined by music.

Depending on who you are, though, the music may be different. The jams of the ‘Ëœ90s to some may be Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears whereas Green Day or Nelly may remind others of that time period.

Today, however, it’s not as easy to classify artists to their genres; this is both a positive and a negative.

Music used to be more defined, which brought along an immense amount of animosity between people.

The stereotypical pop listeners would be the all-American teenagers who played every sport possible and got straight A’s.

Punk fans would wear baggy black pants with matching spike collars and bright green mohawks displayed on top of their heads.

Rappers would carry around a 50-pound boom box while wearing the “raddest fashions of the time, and country lovers would square dance around the halls of school in their cowboy boots.

What about music today, though? What will we all look back on as the classic soundtrack of our teenage years?
I’ll tell you what, songs that say “shut your lips, do the Hellen Keller and talk with your hips and “ I want to take a ride on your disco stick¦awful.

The worst part for me is that even though music genres are combining more frequently (pop/punk, techno/hip-hop, country/pop) the fans are forced to, also.

I don’t like songs by Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers, and when people constantly talk about and play their music, it will make me want to gauge my eyes out.

Music today is becoming worse because of these fans.

I personally blame the teenie-boppers who are caught in the boy band era and demand overbearing, upbeat tracks.

It undoubtedly leads artists to write more for the so-called fans and not for themselves.¨

People are so worried about having the “it factor and being “individuals, but if you think about it, everyone’s individuality is the same.

Put on any pop, punk, rap, or country song, and I’m sure you’ll think they sound the same (or at least your parents will).

When someone finally tries changing it up, such as Lil’ Wayne or Katy Perry, it’s cool the first five times it’s played, but then it gets old.

Lady GaGa in particular cares more about her image than anything else. Sure she can sing, but her lyrics contain themes that an eight-year-old shouldn’t be listening to. And also, for everyone who saw the VMAs, you would know that her outfits are getting overly ridiculous.

Bands such as Blink 182 and Sum 41 would wear their street clothes for concerts, and their songs are considered influential to people everywhere to this day.

Performers who only care about their images will fade soon enough. Eventually, their songs will be forgotten because the meaning of their lyrics are horrible.

By creating an immense amount of unoiriginal music in such a short number of years, it makes the artists less iconic.

No one will ever live up to bands like Queen, The Beatles, or The Rolling Stones, but if artists created songs that came from their souls, then maybe they could be The Who of our generation, and not just another “one-hit wonder.

So the next time you listen to a song, don’t just consider it the “next best thing because it’s on the radio; actually listen.

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