Why I'm fed up of hearing that there's no good music anymore
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As a huge fan of Cracked.com, I found myself cracking up (pun intended) at their article “4 Common Music Arguments and What they Mean”. The article contained such gems as “American Idol ruined everything”, and “I liked them before they got popular”, wherein in the latter, they alluded to Green Day, and how many people view them as a band who sold out and who’ve been writing pretty much the same song for the past 10 years (I actually love Green Day, but can get on board with this). This article did get me thinking however, about how fed up I am with doom-mongerers predicting the end of the music industry, and having a hernia every time David Guetta comes on the radio, and most of all with the age-old argument “There’s no Good Music Anymore”, wherein hipsters and people who take music far too seriously bemoan the state of the music industry constantly. I won’t lie, I do get the same feeling on occasion, but really, is it worth getting that upset about? Here are five reasons why it’s not all doom and gloom, and a few ways that you can find good music! 1) Use the internet Ever since putting my band’s stuff on Soundcloud, I have become an active user of it, finding each day fantastic band after fantastic band. It really is a great platform to find unsigned talent, who of course are not bound to record contracts, and who as a result write about what they want, when they want, and best of all, some of it is free! It really is pretty easy to find great music online, as opposed to sitting next to the radio/ in front of the TV, seething every time Nicki Minaj (who is admittedly, terrible) or Will.I.Am (moron) come onto your screens. Just look a bit harder. We’re students; have we got anything else we should be doing anyway? 2) Don’t be such a snob Yes Nicki Minaj can’t rap particularly well, and David Guetta has put out some real crap, but at the end of the day, “pop” music is so-called because it’s designed to cater to the masses, i.e. be “popular”. Its sole purpose is to cater to what people like, and to be basically a disposable piece of art (yes, art) that will probably be thrown asunder in two years or so. For example, I know someone who absolutely loathes Moves Like Jagger By Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. But what is so wrong with it? The reason he hates it is because “it’s just designed to be a piece of crap, and to sell millions”. Yes it is, and I agree with him. But that doesn’t stop it from being funky as hell, and awesome to dance to. Plus Sir Mick Jagger himself acknowledged it as “very flattering”. That’s a pretty big endorsement there. Pop music is supposed to be fun, dumb and colourful. Embrace it, because deep down, everyone loves it, and your musical heroes won’t suddenly turn up, staring at you open-mouthed whilst you dance to it, demanding that you never listen to their music again! You can still be a Metallica fan and love “Sweat” (I’d know).
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