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 Everett True

It’s OK. Pop music isn’t broken.

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by Everett True

I just want to pull out everything Lucy says in the comments and run it in BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS across the brows of a thousand dullard male indie music ‘critics’. FUCKING YES! The following is taken from the commentary around my rather facetious ‘statistical’ analysis of why Arcade Fire are crap.

Lucy Cage: I refer you both to Hannah Golightly’s excellent and kick-up-the-arse-y article about getting re-illusioned with modern music on this site. There’s loads of extraordinary and extraordinarily varied music being made now: oh my god, it’s SO much better than the dreary, laddish 90s! And crap sold out Wembley then too, only it was crapper crap. Crapper crap even than Muse. Yes, really.

This talk of reverence and inheritance worries me. The idea that you should shut the fuck up because your progenitors haven’t yet been accorded their rightful due is so damn paralysing. You mention punk ethos, but punk was never nostalgic. Or overly bothered about what was owed or deserved.

C’mon, these are exciting times! Teenage indiekid hearts are being lost RIGHT NOW to the soundtrack of 2011, to Braids and Cults and Lykke Li and Deerhunter and Metronomy and TuNe-YaRdS (shit, I did that wrong, didn’t I?) and Austra (pictured above) and Let’s Buy Happiness and probably even Odd Future. They will hold that music as dear as you held yours, and rightly so.

It’s OK. Pop music isn’t broken.

That Austra link, incidentally, leads to just about the finest piece of music criticism I’ve read this year.

And there’s another one, too. Taken from the response to Wallace’s passionately argued Odd Future article.

Lucy Cage: Nah, we like the arguing, thanks. I think the point is that there are blogloads of hipsters out there creaming themselves over these kids and their shock tactics, the same hipsters that the kids are quite consciously baiting and mocking. It’s not the band themselves that the original article is taking issue with, it’s the fawning acceptance by (predominantly white, middle-class) music writers hoping to hop on the bandwagon, and the fact that nothing, not even songs about violent rape, is shocking or offensive anymore.

I dunno, but that seems like an interesting state of affairs, doesn’t it? Isn’t worth at least having a debate about?

2 Responses to It’s OK. Pop music isn’t broken.

  1. Hannah Golightly April 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I think it’s easy to see with the response to that thing Wallace wrote about the way Odd Future have been received in the press, that Odd Future have done themselves commercially no harm by standing out with lyrics that shock and cause debate, whether in the press or simply in the minds of the listening public. People like to focus on the things that upset, annoy or offend them. All who took part in that debate (myself included) have all added fuel to their fire by spending time thinking about them.

    I think it is more important to focus on what you love. That adds power, attention and energy to the band that you love. What you focus on grows. I want the music that I love to be focussed on and to grow… that way there will be more to love!

    No excuses people- if you are not loving music, you are not looking hard enough. Good music is everywhere. It might be tricky to find and you might have to sift through pages and pages of crap to do it, but when you find something good, the search will have been worth it.

    It’s all about exercising your free will. Instead of complaining about certain bands for being crap and popular, why not find something you love and support that and ignore the popular bands if you don’t like them? Elect your own popular band and enjoy it.

    There’s nothing wrong with pop. There is something wrong with people who spend more time focussing on what they dislike more than what they like. Negativity is easy. Complaining is easier to creating something.

    Time to start speed-dating and to fall in love with some quality music.

  2. Wallace Wylie April 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

    That Austra song in the review is fucking amazing. The album doesn’t come out in America till May 17th…but I want it NOW.

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