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The life of a porn addicted housewife.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

My Ears Are Bleeding! 

After watching the last two music awards shows I have decided that the music industry has sunk lower than ever before. The influx of teen acts, be they solo or group acts, seems to be at an all time high. I would have no problem with this if these acts had any talent, but sadly the exact opposite is true.

There has always been a niche in music geared towards teenagers.
Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, and Buddy Holly in the 50’s. Frankie Valli, Bobby Vinton, The Beach Boys, and The Monkees in the 60’s. David and Shaun Cassidy, Donny and Marie Osmond, Andy Gibb, and The Bay City Rollers in the 70’s.
While the acts I listed from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s may not have been great singers or musicians they could at least hold a note. They were able to perform their songs in front of live audiences and the listeners were able to tell what song they were singing.
Towards the mid 80’s record companies started using computer programs more and more often in order to moderate and clean up a singer’s voice. It became harder and harder to tell who was actually singing and who was being computer generated. When once you pretty much knew beforehand that your favorite singer would be able to give at least a passable performance live, by the 90’s your only hope was to go to see them and hope like hell they could even remember the lyrics.
Of course there has always been some manipulation of music. Voice volumes raised and lowered, instrument channels pulled up and down, sound bits added, other voices layered on top. That was normal.
Today it is totally different. You can sing like a wounded moose and still make millions of dollars.
Today’s teenagers have more money then ever before. Disposable income is a shining beacon of light to the music industry. The all mighty dollar rules so whoever has the dough gets the show.
Acts like Ashlee Simpson, Lindsey Lohan, and Hillary Duff honestly mortify me. Aaron Carter? Give me a break! Even Paris Hilton has jumped on the bandwagon.
If you hear any of these people on the radio you would think that, though boring as hell, they are at least halfway decent. Have you heard any of them sing????
Ashlee Simpson made a complete fool of herself not too long ago on Saturday Night Live . She was caught lip-syncing when her drummer qued the wrong vocal track for her performance. When the music started and she started “singing”, the vocals from the previous song played. How humiliating for her, but enlightening to us. During a football game she actually sang live instead of lips-syncing. Trust me, she should have faked it. When she was done the entire stadium booed. It was awful. Yet this girl continues to sell cds at an alarming rate.
Lindsey Lohan and Hillary Duff are the two top teenage “multi-talents” of the day. Look! They can act! They can sing! Yeah, right. Hillary Duff was good enough when she was Lizzie Maguire, but as a singer she pretty much bites. Yes, the released recordings are clean and clear, but live she gasps, grunts, and is totally out of breath after one song. The last song I saw her perform was pathetic. She yelled one line over and over and looked like she was going to faint when she was finished. Granted that could be because she has lost a massive amount of weight since she turned 18. She is nothing but a stick with giant teeth now.
What can I say about Lindsey Lohan? She performed live on TV for the first time on the American Music Awards this past November. First of all I am offended that on a show that is supposed to be honoring talented musicians they choose to showcase someone with no talent whatsoever. It was a slap in the face to true artists. Miss Lohan completely murdered a Fleetwood Mac song while Ap0k and I watched in horror. It was so bad that they didn’t even show the crowd once during or after her performance as they usually do. The applause was so minimal that they immediately cut to commercial instead of holding for a few seconds like normal. It was truly painful to watch.
I am sure that some of you will say “Oh, she’s just an old biddy who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” Sorry kiddies, I DO know what I am talking about. After the Lindsey debacle, Annie Lennox came out and blew everyone away with sheer talent. Her notes were correct and clear, she never faltered over any line or word, she moved around the stage like she owned it, and the audience went wild.

In the past, to be a teen idol you have almost always had to be a “pretty person” with at least a small amount of talent. Today all you need is a pretty face. As long as you kiss the right asses you too can be a star. I sing like a stuck pig, but hook me up to the right computer program and I could be the next diva of the week too.

I am not sure if teenagers don’t realize what is going on or if they just don’t care.
All I do know is that the music industry is in sad shape right now. Few true talented singers and musicians are being pushed the studios. They are being pushed aside so that more radio friendly teen geared artists can get all of the publicity. The teenagers have the disposable income, so they are the ones the studios cater too. The teenagers want pretty, the teenagers get pretty.

OK, enough old lady rambling. I am off to listen to some real music.
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