Dan Majestic reports from New York: The world of music is supposedly in mourning. Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers has died. All the usual suspects are paying their tributes, including the inhabitants of social media networks who love nothing more that grieve over dead celebrities. And, as it always happens, music executives are quickly responding to the opportunity of plugging a few million albums on the back of the death of a ‘music legend’.
But were they actually ever any good, the Everly Brothers? Because you really need to have very simple tastes in music, and in other things as well, to like that sort of stuff. Monotonous, repetitive and uninspiring, with stupid lyrics devoted mostly to horny issues. Sentimental crap, if you want it straight, written mostly by others for the brothers.
And of course there had been dope involved in this as well, with both brothers succumbing, if this is the right word here, to speed of all substances in the 1960s, with Don, the elder one, going for Ritalin as well, and getting all sorts of side effects that start to kick in after a while, like depression and hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there. And that was, I guess, the brothers’ real pitch for global fame because the way it works with the music industry is that you have to be on dope to qualify for long term fame. You might be s..t at singing and playing but if you have a couple of fairly decent tracks to your credit and is a known dopehead, you’re place in the pantheon of the music greats is guaranteed.
The big selling point of the Everly Brothers in later years was that the Beatles were supposedly influenced by them. The thing is that the early Beatles did mimic the Everly’s style, and didn’t really sound all that great. It was when they actually moved away from it that they rose to greatness. So it was not because they were copying the Everly’s but because they actually walked away from them that they had achieved their success. Mind you, they would have been better off being influenced by some of the real classics, like, say, Mozart or Tchaikovsky and then their songs would have had an even better vibe about them.
And the Beach Boys are also said to have been greatly influenced by the Everly Brothers. I don’t know about you, but I think the Beach Boys are probably one of the most overrated bands in the history of overrated bands, and it was only in America that this amateurish act could have achieved a cult status. Still, their dope use was legendary, so we might assume that they had chosen their music direction wisely.
This glorification of mediocre acts in pop is a reflection of its general weakness on the creative side. You can’t really expect people to buy all that bulls..t about the greatness of some average performers just because the liberals say so. The truth of the matter is that pop music, and by that I mean most music of the 20th century, was a throwback culturally speaking and not some great step forward. The classics of the past can rest in peace, both literally and allegorically, as no one can still come even close to them.