posted at 12/7/2012 11:40 AM EST
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
In response to devildavid's comment:
I need some examples of what is considered mainstream today.
Well, let me try to be a bit more specific than "the crap I hear in the gym between tracks on my ipod"...
Hip-hop: There are dime a dozen rappers out there it seems like these days. Now, I'm biased here because I just can't get into hip hop or rap, but when I overhear it I think I can at least tell the difference between something that manages to sound complex and would be pleasing to a fan's ear..... and rote mimickery of it. People talking over lame synthetic beats about the same subjects: b!tches. And money. And shooting people. And selling drugs.
pop/hip-hop. A lot of this garbage can be described as a female singer, emotionlessly singing or sing-talking incredibly vapid lyrics, to generic synthetic beats. Beats with hip-hop-esque synthetic noises overlaid. It all sounds roughly the same: atrocious, empty, without any soul.
Degenerated Rock: What sounds like teenage males singing whiney and profoundly vapid lyrics over softened distortion - almost polished distoriton - in extremely simplistic rhythmic schemes. Now I never liked Blink 182, in fact I don't like them one bit, and this music sounds like an aspiring 13 year old's rip off of their sound.
The complete opposite of the rock and roll sound AND attitude. It's like Barney & friends does "Its so easy".
Regurgitating might be more enjoyable than listening to it.
(One line I accidentally heard in the gym when Alice in Chains was not loud enough was a high pitched exclamation from the singer "I wanna be like that!" I apologize in advance if anyone here has heard that song and gets it stuck in their heads.).
I would say that much of the music you point out is aimed at a very young audience. So I know it probabably wouldn't appeal to me at the advanced age of 54. I'm not sure how old you are, but maybe the fact you don't like the music adds to the appeal for the younger set. Isn't this quite common in pop music? Each new generation has it's own music that the older set finds annoying. Hell, my wife tuned out of pop rock when it went psychedelic and eventually turned to country when it became today's pop music.
I don't listen to much contemporary pop, but I do enjoy early hip-hop by artists such as The Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Fat Boys, and Run-D.M.C. We all have our biases, so that is why I hesitate to call something garbage when it doesn't appeal to me or I have not really listened to it.
You like Alice In Chains, but I'm sure there are people who would be annoyed by their music. Those people might call them garbage simply because that type of music doesn't appeal to them. When you don't like something, you tend to exaggerate its faults and ignore its good points.
There is a natural tendency for us to believe we are the arbiters of what is good or bad music. I don't think there is any such thing as either. There is only music you like and music you don't like.