Maybe I’m just getting old. I’m not sure what it is that makes me dislike most modern pop music. Some of it’s fun to watch (as music videos) or listen to, but usually not more than a few times. Perhaps it’s the music industry’s general fascination with certain body parts, like breasts, penises, and female buttocks. It’s a fascination I don’t share with them, at least not in the music I want to hear. I don’t know when the recording artists started focusing on body parts, but I know when I started noticing it.
This is when I started noticing. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot was a rap sensation in 1992 and even won a Grammy award in 1993. It’s been used in videos of all kinds since then, some of them parodies.
In 2011, LMFAO came up with one of their biggest singles, “Sexy and I Know It“. The penis wiggling, under shorts and briefs, was considered too suggestive even for the music channels. I’ve seen both the censored and uncensored versions and the “happy face” doesn’t do anything to remove the suggestiveness. If nothing else, it encourages people to seek out the uncensored version (and the uncensored version is below).
Released in 2014 by Jason Derulo and featuring Snoop Dogg, “Wiggle” seems like a throw back to 1992 and Sir Mix-A-Lot in some ways. I know I can’t listen to it or watch the video for more than 30 seconds. It must be the musical instrument being used at times.
Someday, I’m afraid, I may be inclined to listen to (and watch) nothing but pre-modern classical music and eighties music. Most of that stuff is considered extremely tame compared to modern pop music.
I have nothing against the female anatomy if it’s on a person that displays it well. I like looking at women and I won’t deny it. I don’t, however, want to hear about it in the music I listen to.
What I’d really like to see and hear are new, modern rock ballads, like the ones Foreigner, Journey and Styx did in the eighties. I can listen to that kind of music for hours.
By: RT Cunningham
September 28, 2014
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