Adam Lovejoy writes from London: What the hell’s wrong with pop stars these days? Most of them don’t even bother to make an effort while playing their live gigs?
They get a couple of lesser acts to warm up the audience, as it’s called in the business, and then come on themselves and play for a couple of hours, without any visible effort, talking bollocks between the songs, swearing for no reason while managing to look bored most of the time. And then they walk off, with their expression saying that they don’t really need all that s..t and would rather spend time shagging groupies and doing dope. But in the end they still get paid a lot of money.
Pop artists don’t bother to put on a proper show anymore. They mount the stage in dirty worn out T-shirts and torn jeans, thinking that they are so big that their fans will forgive them for looking like retards. They don’t even bother to look excited or dress up for the part. It’s all like they are forced to do it.
Well guess what? Don’t you dare treat people like idiots! If you charge a lot of money for your live gigs, you’d better put your heart into it – or at least pretend that you’re giving it your best shot.
Let me tell you something about pop music, having been in a group myself in my younger years: there’s nothing much to it. You can learn to play an electric guitar, for example, in a few weeks’ time. Basically most of the guitarists from rock bands are electricians rather than musicians. And even more of these so-called pop stars can’t play a single instrument at all. And can’t dance, for that matter. They gyrate on stage and are convinced that it amounts to dancing. The way things are going, we’ll soon have more people performing on stage than sitting in the audience. Anyone would be able to become a pop star.
That’s why so many of the live gigs are so bad nowadays. You really need to be high on something to like what you see and hear. And if you ever tried going sober, I bet you felt disappointed like I always did.
The annoying thing about most of the current bands and performers – with very few exceptions – is that they don’t even bother to hide their disrespect for their fans. I mean, how low can you sink, having no talent and not being able to sing or dance properly, to have that dispassionate and indifferent look in your eyes and not even bother to pretend that you are glad to see all those people coming to listen to you and pay good money? These punks are sort of saying that they really didn’t want to come to perform at their ‘gig’, but they still came, though they are not really bothered if anyone is unhappy with their act.
‘We don’t give a shit!’ That’s the message that so often radiates from these pop idols.
There are obviously many music fans out there who would be prepared to listen to any band perform. They don’t really care what happens on stage. They just feel part of some big thing happening, and go with the flow. Some of them get drunk before the ‘gigs’, some get stoned, so they might as well have been present at a construction site, listening to builders hammering in nails or using their power drills. It would not really make a big difference to them.
Come to think of it, some modern bands do resemble groups of construction workers rather than musicians. Especially some of the rap acts, garage and dance bands and these electro sounding weirdos.
I have to say a few words about groupies here: those are the sad women of all ages who come to ‘gigs’ to do their best to get noticed and get laid by pop stars. To spice up their sad pathetic lives, I suppose. Sexually transmitted diseases, that are rife in the pop world, do not frighten them. They sacrifice their bodies to all those pop stars only then to make a mark in their ‘have done it’ lists or tell their friends how they managed to get into bed with some singing cretin.
Groupies don’t care what music they hear at gigs. They go there for sex only, but you would be surprised how many of them pack concert halls and stadiums. I think that there should be specially designated sections for these easily aroused women. Then the band members can dip into the crowd, so to speak, and choose as many partners as they want, as it is very important for pop band members to boast about their ‘wild sex and drug parties’. The fact that half of them can’t get it up properly, because of all the booze and the drugs, is usually muddled by all their boasting.
The problem is that bad taste in pop music, and pop culture generally, has been imposed on the public for decades. Crappy musicians have been pushed to the top by corrupt music critics and radio DJs and by sick and twisted music producers. Do you know, by the way, that very many music producers are uneducated, unintelligent drunks or drug addicts or both? I have met these creeps, so I know.
And, of course, television has done a lot to generate this strange obsession with screaming nonentities. TV shows like the X-Factor and American Idol propel people of very limited talents to the very top, and no one seems to notice that they’re mostly crap at what they do. This Simon Cowell is a cunning man, I can tell you that. He is making money for himself and all the mugs out there, who watch his shows, don’t even get it. They actually think that all these TV singing contests are about finding new talent.
Well, good luck to you all. But don’t be surprised that your children, who watch all that crap with you, will grow up having no taste at all. And they will pass it on to their children, your grandchildren, that is. That is how the rot in public taste spreads.
But coming back to pop stars not bothering to entertain their audiences at live concerts. Have you noticed how classical musical performers go out of their way to dress up and turn the whole occasion into a celebration of music? They always look smart, they smile at the audiences and they play acoustic instruments, you see, which you have to spend years learning to play well, unlike all that electric machinery that mostly produces noise and not sound.
Yes, noise is what electric musical instruments mostly produce. And I would even go as far as saying that when electric instruments replaced acoustic ones, the music started to die. Electric instruments cannot generate good vibes, even in the hands of top professionals. They mostly generate bad vibes, so that the music sounds quite sinister and artificial.
And you know what I find especially bizarre about devoted fans of pop music: how hostile they are to classical music and good jazz. I heard them practically curse opera many times and mock and ridicule the greatest classical composers, as if they had actually heard their music. That is how their tiny brains have been twisted by pop music, along with junk food, bad books, watching the box too much and playing PC games all the time. And to be honest with you, I don’t really think that many of them would be able to get their brains sorted out up to the very last day of their lives. Because the poison of pop culture is very powerful and it takes a lot of effort to overcome it.
Although, as one of my good friends says, every person has a chance in this life to get better. Every single one.
Let’s hope he is right.
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