Opinion Piece: Why I Hate Music

This comes from the always combustible Michael Musto in The Village Voice.  Take any disagreements you have up with him.

Because the winners of TV talent shows seem to spend their entire careers in the competitive mode. Every note is designed to win something…

Those shows also give a boost to washed-up singers who become judges and suddenly have hit records again. How many career chapters do these people really need?

The number-one slot on the chart generally goes to whoever gave the most free copies to concert-ticket buyers that week. The second week, they’re suddenly not even in the top 100. … Adele is happy. … Once you’ve heard the title of a Taylor Swift song, there’s no need to hear the actual song. … The “Piano in the Dark” sample in Flo Rida‘s “I Cry” drives me cuckoo crazy. I keep wanting them to finish the phrase! …

Someone please tell Rihanna it should be “shine brightly like a diamond.” … Boybands are back. They’re like a case of crabs you just can’t get rid of. I really like their hair, though. … The musical repetition that started with all those Kesha songs is now in every single mix-mix-mix-mix-mix by every singer-singer-singer-singer. Stop-stop-stop-stop. …

People who walk around listening to music are generally oblivious to everything else, not even aware that they’re endangering your life as they step into traffic in the middle of the street. Somehow they always come off scot-free as they glide through everyone else’s tragedies. They’re probably listening to Eminem.

Continue reading.  There’s plenty more.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Opinion Piece: Why I Hate Music

  • December 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm
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    I hate all that stuff too, but the author knows that he can find any kind of music he likes if he does a little digging, right?

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