Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Music has turned to shit, Gen Y.

I have just about cracked it with modern music and Gen Y and I am not even back at school until next week. Why? Music has turned to shit, that's why.

This will be my second year as a dance teacher, and so whilst I need to expand students musical horizons, I also need to use and be up with all the latest music. So, in addition to Guns N Roses, Metallica, Poison, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, P!nk and pretty much every musical theatre score I can get my hands on, I now own Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Soulja Boy, Shontelle and new Black Eyed Peas, and I can tell you I am sick, sick, sick of it.
Ke$ha, Tik Tok

"I'm talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk
Boys tryin' to touch my junk, junk

Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk"

Wow, Dance like a slut, boys try and grab you and get pissed? This is what kids are listening to.
Lady Gaga, Lovegame
I'm on a mission, and it involves some heavy touching, yeah
You've indicated your interest, I'm educated in sex, yes
And now I want it bad, want it bad, A lovegame, a lovegame
Am I getting old? (Well, yes maybe)...But I swear music was different. When I was a teenager I listened to Mariah Carey, Nirvana, Jebediah, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, U2.....and on and on. The overriding themes that I remember were love, isolation, feeling alone and reaching out.
All I get from this new wave of music is have as much sex with as many people as you can and spend all the money you have. Oh, also, money is excellent, and you should use your body to get whatever you want. Use my lady lumps and get me some disco stick. 
What happens when this generation has to grow up, get jobs, rent houses and procreate? Somewhere, this fantasy about living it up, owning this town, getting smashed, getting laid and generally not advancing your life with any foresight except maybe the next 5 minutes, has to end. 
Music industry and bottom feeders Gen Y-ers who buy this shit, this is some advice, from me to you.
Sex is not everything. But, would you believe, it is a big deal. I know that sex with someone you are truely and deeply in love with is different to fucking, miles, worlds apart. When you have had sex with the 100th random person, I wonder, will you be so desensitised that you will even know it can be special?
Money is important. If you are clever with your money, you can have fun and also not have to live off the old age pension when you retire. $270 a fortnight when you are renting (which you will be if you spend all your money on clothes and booze) doesn't really go very far. It is probably enough for half a house. No food, no power, no fun, no life. Of course, you can't even go halves with your husband/wife/life partner because, you don't ride on the same disco stick more than once. Sorry, I forgot.
You don't have to hit everyone who wrongs you. Not only is it illegal, but it doesn't solve anything. Self restraint is actually a good trait. 
Life as a adult is hard. You can feel lost, angry, isolated and alone. Things happen that are unfair. People don't always act the way they should. Situations don't always turn out for the best. Appliances blow up, bills arrive, the internet doesn't work properly and telcos are arse holes. Money runs out, babies are expensive and your parents can't always save you. Self restraint, going without, saving and abstinence may seem like old fashioned ideas, but in reality, they are traits that can help you thrive in hard times. Unfashionable, but true.
Imagine a song about saving? Abstaining? Going without? "Lead Balloon" comes to mind. 
Yes, not all Gen Y are bottom feeding, brainless, piss head, horny scum. But, gee, you wouldn't think it, listening to shit music like this. 

1 comment:

  1. Haha ur so right. I was only born in 97 but I've realized how shitty music and the world has become. Music turned to complete shit in about 08-09 I believe. I miss dashboard confessional and the old r&b rappers like Mario and old usher who songs actually meant something and weren't all about sex and drugs. Wish I was born earlier to live in a time where the world wasn't complete shit.