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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 05:55 PM   #31
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Jamaicans surely lead in that regard ... but its not peculiar to them.
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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 06:05 PM   #32
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Yeah I got all that from your OP. I still say it's a crock. If it were it would be fine - since teens are no more - and often less - musically savvy than people in their 20s and 30s. There are as many teens who think that mainstream music is mostly weak. Moreover, that viewpoint does nothing to deal with ly looking at what's going on with the state of music. Does it suck more? If not, why are cafes in a college heavy city starting to avoid playing it?
Re: cafes in college towns, if they played MAINSTREAM music (regardless of what decade it comes from) then I'd consider those particular cafes quite lame. Rihanna in a college cafe? Seriously?

Since you're not 30, you have no point of ref of what I'm talking about. You'll see and, oh by the way, look at Non-Tennis: there's a thread about Aqua. Somebody's feeling nostalgic (old).
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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 06:45 PM   #33
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Except for Adele, yes, contemporary main stream music mostly sucks. Of course there are exceptions, but there's too many autotuned handsome kids who are simply the product of a label.

On the other hand, you have your Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and The Strokes, which in my opinion will be remembered for a long time.
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Old Dec 14th, 2011, 07:39 PM   #34
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Never has pop music been so aggressively biased in promoting sex. Listen to nearly any pop song, and it's literally loaded with sexual reference, and most of it is so crude. It's not even vaguely imaginative.

I mean a song called 'S&M' is a deplorable example for children listening. It's just so awful.
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All the lyrics are pretty much "I'm gonna make you and your mom wet".
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Fear not, Queen Lana is here to save us from sucky contemporary pop
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Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

Yes. It sucks live & it sucks from the records. It's just one big neverending cliche. Hate it.
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Old Dec 15th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #38
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It's just one big neverending cliche. Hate it.
I think that's it. Like someone else posted in this thread there's no innovation. It's stagnant. For example. Adele who tops the charts this year is a very good, maybe even great, singer but the production of her stuff is generic and weak. No spark. Some of the other chart-topping production is great when you're juiced up and on the dance-floor but that's about it.

Add: A friend of mine claims it isn't just in college-centric cafes - says many people in their mid-teens are listening to older stuff.
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Old Dec 15th, 2011, 11:02 PM   #39
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1995

1 "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio and L.V.
2 "Waterfalls" TLC
3 "Creep" TLC
4 "Kiss from a Rose" Seal
5 "On Bended Knee" Boyz II Men
6 "Another Night" Real McCoy
7 "Fantasy" Mariah Carey
8 "Take a Bow" Madonna
9 "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" Monica
10 "This Is How We Do It" Montell Jordan
11 "I Know" Dionne Farris
12 "Water Runs Dry" Boyz II Men
13 "Freak Like Me" Adina Howard
14 "Run-Around" Blues Traveler
15 "I Can Love You Like That" All-4-One
16 "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Bryan Adams
17 "Always" Bon Jovi
18 "Boombastic" Shaggy
19 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Nicki French
20 "You Gotta Be" Des'ree
So these songs from '95 are better than today's music? Real McCoy? Seriously?!
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Old Dec 15th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #40
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So these songs from '95 are better than today's music? Real McCoy? Seriously?!
Are they better? To me, that song you mentioned sucks. Big time. The thing is that songs are still being made with production that is pretty similar to that. Like I said - stagnant.
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Re: Does contemporary popular/mainstream music mostly suck?

I love pop music! Only to get drunk too. Or when driving to work because I want to be in good spirits.
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So these songs from '95 are better than today's music? Real McCoy? Seriously?!
To me, the mid-'90s was when music in general took a huge downturn. Sure, there's always been crap, but overall, this was when the vast majority became super-rushed, shoddily-produced, fast-food quality music. Make the quick buck and get out. Unfortunately, it's a formula that works for the performers, producers and record companies, since the public eats it up. Again, just like fast food.
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So these songs from '95 are better than today's music? Real McCoy? Seriously?!
"Another Night" by Real McCoy is the sort of 90s dance/house tune that's formula is being repeated ad-nauseum on the radio today actually.
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To me, the mid-'90s was when music in general took a huge downturn. Sure, there's always been crap, but overall, this was when the vast majority became super-rushed, shoddily-produced, fast-food quality music. Make the quick buck and get out. Unfortunately, it's a formula that works for the performers, producers and record companies, since the public eats it up. Again, just like fast food.
Totally! *NSYNC, BSB and Britney were being groomed and the engineers took the reins and told studio musicians to eff off for good.

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"Another Night" by Real McCoy is the sort of 90s dance/house tune that's formula is being repeated ad-nauseum on the radio today actually.
That sound was already long in place since the disco/new wave days but yeah Real McCoy took it to a level of sucktivity.
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Most pop music has always sucked. People may age and older will tell you all we listened to were The Beatles and Jimmi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and The Clash and Parliament/Funkadelic but a quick glance back at the charts will quickly reveal that we are lying our asses off because the charts are littered with crap from the likes of The Archies, Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, Paper Lace, Milli Vanilli, the Bay City Rollers, The Knack and a horde of other puke-worthy bands that would make you tear off your own ears in horror.

The difference is you get about 10 years out and you can start to tell what was dreck and what was decent.

30 years out you start to listen to all the crap because it makes you feel young again, but you go "Geez, i can't believe I ever owned this crapass album/CD.

Oh, BTW, this is an album:


It had one of these inside:


Don't even get me going on these:
Hahaha! Hey I had 45's by The Archies, Bo Donaldson, Paper Lace, Bay City Rollers and The Knack. I even have mp3's for some of 'em. Sure, I had LP's by Hendrix, CCR, Zeppelin, the Stones but the bubblegum crap was also part of growing up way back when. You had me cracking up, Max. Now, excuse me while I go listen to Bread and Terry Jacks. hahaha
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