Why ‘music’ is so bad today

Apart from the autotuning and that sort of howling ‘ego-singing’, especially from the young black female, there is also this:

… and this:


I was in the supermarket this morning and it was bad – harsh, discordant, like hyenas – even twenty years ago, music was still just listenable.

[H/T Chuckles]

6 comments for “Why ‘music’ is so bad today

  1. February 11, 2019 at 19:54

    Female singers who over-modulate because they can’t hit the right note are indeed a bane of today’s music.
    It’s but a small battle in the overall Loudness War.


  2. Wolfie
    February 11, 2019 at 23:27

    Yes, the past was truly wonderful:


    Such a beautiful voice.

    • February 12, 2019 at 02:57

      Even Johnny Rotten.

      He made the point that there was a balancing out in bygone years between awful and the good, between raucous [metal] and the soft [ballads] – coming down to risk for producers, but as Lord Somber said, compressed loudness has reduced dynamic range and variety. It’s formulaic to the point of eliminating all risk.

      Take a safe writer, one of two in the world, crank up and autotune and whoever has been smiled upon by the musical PTB becomes a star.

      Repetition of a riff anywhere you go becomes the thing, the rest overproduced, the singer interchangeable. The dialled in slight difference – instead of ah ee ah ee ah, it’s ah ee ah ah ah – differentiates the songs.

      He mentions brainwashing. Obviously at work in the 50s with jingles and packaged truth, it still had dynamic range, a cleaner sound – Buddy Holly, Ian Dury, Beach Boys – while still using similar chords and riffs, there was enough variety in the composition not to stultify.

      Not so today. And the ghost of that satanic drive and symbolism is drip fed into kids, the message and imagery they see constant, repeated.

      We’re dealing with increasingly zombylike Millennials and post-Millennials, unless the parents can cut the knot and have essentially good music on quite often, with range and variety, whilst removing the formulaic.

      How? Home schooling perhaps, travel so that the inluences are from the parents?

      Maybe but the issue now is the parents. As Gen X became parents, I contend that their fallen away morals and taste contributed to further demise, setting kids up for the next phase. That example of the jam is a good example – aimed at Gen X.

      For those who don’t know that band:

      The Jam were an English mod revival/punk rock band during the 1970s and early 1980s, which formed in 1972 at Sheerwater Secondary School in Woking, in the county of Surrey.

      And for those pointing to my music on the blog of late, saying it wasn’t Boomer, it was the generation before – yes. Yes it was. We were the start of the demise. Gen X was bad, Millennials awful, post-Millennials formulaic, controlled robots, from music to political views, schools formulaic, suppressing any counterview.


  3. February 12, 2019 at 05:25

    Most modern music is crap. Frankly the Beatles were crap.

    Music has gone the way of the book. Once, even in the ‘working class’ books were common. Think ‘Library’. These institutions were encouraged by the working folk in order to improve the lot of their kiddies. Now there is barely one classical book in most homes.

    Music at home is from the radio and TV. All crap. Few homes would have real music playing at any time. Inspector Morse might have had some meaningful music playing on his stereo record player but no-one else in the police station would have.

    Yes, the music died.

    Fortunately the old is still with us, sung and played by ladies and gentlemen who wear clothes too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0M4CMq7uI

    • February 12, 2019 at 05:36


      And don’t forget this evening is Tuesday’s classical evening, though not of the classical period.

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