What The F*** Is Going On In Pop Music?!?

Apparently she LIKES it rough. Who knew?

Taking a look at this week’s chart-toppers on pop radio, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of  sexed up, foul-mouthed, overproduced crap that is obviously in tune to what sells records. And what would that would be? Sex and potty language apparently. No more need for quality lyrics or a decent hook….just go right for the jugular and give the kiddies what they came for. Here’s the list…

#1. Katy Perry – “ET”
With the lyrics…“Kiss me, kiss me/Infect me with your love/and Fill me with your poison/Take me, take me/Wanna be a victim/Ready for abduction”…it seems this song has nothing to do with the Steven Spielberg classic kiddie movie. Or extraterrestrials.

#2. Rihanna – “S&M”
Seeing as how Rihanna was a recent victim of abuse, it surprises me that she chose to release this title track from her latest album but apparently it doesn’t bother anyone else…including kids who are hearing THIS refrain on the radio…

“‘Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it/Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it/Sticks and stones may break my bones/But chains and whips excite me

Really? I realize that as a parent it’s my responsibility to watch what my kids listen to but when this song comes on the radio and my teenage neighbor is singing the lyrics it’s embarrassing. Why would anyone think it’s okay for anyone under the age of 18 to hear this song? Does this make me an old fuddy-duddy? Maybe. But seriously music industry? What kind of message is this sending? 

#3. Kesha – “Blow”
Even though the double entendre  is in full effect with this song, it’s actually just a dance track. The lyrics are tame compared to Rihanna’s sex-drenched song but Kesha still asks to “see them Hanes.” That I don’t mind so much but still…

#4. Black Eyed Peas – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
Can’t get enough what? Whatever. The BEP are so ridiculous and the lyrics are almost incoherent so anything sexual is kind of lost in the insanity of it all.

#5. Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”
This song was up for a Grammy and although I get the lyrics and what they’re all about, you have to wonder what is going through an 8-year olds’ mind when he hears…

“I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough I’m like,’F*** YOU!/And f*** her too.’/I said, ‘If I was richer, I’d still be with ya’ /Ha, now ain’t that some sh*t/And although there’s pain in my chest I still wish you the best/With a…’F*** YOU!'”

Now let me say, I’ve been heartbroken before so I get what the man is sayin’ but still…NOT for a 9-year old once again.

#6. Britney Spears – “Til The World Ends”
This song just sucks. So why anyone would WANT to listen to it is beyond me.

#7. Pink – F***ing Perfect”
Ya know…this song works perfectly well without the F-word and it’s a great song that speaks about inner strength and beauty. Don’t know why Pink chose to use the vulgarity in it but pop radio has done a good job editing it out and no one knows the difference.

#8. Jennifer Lopez – “On The Floor”
Eh. Whatever.

#9. Jeremih – “Put It On Me”
Well…here ya go…*sigh*

“She shaped just like an hour glass/she see how fast an hour passed/time flies when I’m on that ass/but I won’t put our sh*t on blast/work it like a pro pro pro/sit and watch it go go go/do her thing all on the floor/she bounce it fast and shake it slow/so sexual incredible/she beautiful she edible”

These lyrics aren’t exactly catering to the younger crowd either…

#10. Tinie Tempah – “Written In The Stars”
Uh…who?

And some other instant classics in the Top 25…Avril Lavigne’s “What The Hell,” Pitbull’s “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” and Mike Posner’s “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” (which is obviously a sex song but it’s at least done creatively).

So there’s some of the Top 25 for the week of April 25th. Sex has always been a selling point for the music industry and I get that, but where artists used to have to be creative about sex and chasing tail, now it’s all in my face. And my kids’ faces. I don’t care much for it. Isn’t there anyone (except for apparently Mark Posner) who is writing creatively about gettin’ busy? And what’s with all the cussing in music these days?

I remember when Nazareth sang about “messin’ with a son of a bitch” and thinking “Oooooohh…someone is gonna get their mouth washed out with soap!” But now? The word “bitch” is the least of my problems. Right Jay Z? I really, really WANT to like pop music but it’s really hard these days when it’s filled with this stuff. I can’t appreciate it. And I think it’s ridiculous that the music industry has let it get to this.

Clean it up…or I won’t be buying any more of your sh*t! Got it, motherf***ers????

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Tunes From ITunes_11.5.10

So my favorite month has come and gone. October blew by and I barely got a chance to enjoy it. But now we’re moving into the winter months. The cold will blow through here with some snow and sleet and what do we have time to do? Download new music of course! So if you got a few extra dollars and are looking for something new…here are some tunes to kickstart your winter months. Not gonna lie…my kids played an influence over today’s downloads sooooo…ya get what ya pay for…

Rihanna (feat Drake) – “What’s My Name” (pop)
Everyone is waiting for the new Rihanna album to drop and she keeps releasing singles to prep ya for it. But I got this track and it’s pretty damn good pop! Kind of looking forward to the rest of the album…which is supposed to drop in a couple of weeks.

Al Green – “Here I Am” (classic R&B)
Remade by everyone from rock to reggae bands, this soulful classic reminds me why I love music to begin with and no one is as smooth as Al. Plus he’s got a cool first name…

T.I. (feat Chris Brown) – “Get Back Up” (R&B)
T.I. has impressed me with his new stuff and this track is killer! Not as good as “Ya Hear Me” (which is one of my favorite tracks this year), but it’s still got a good flow and adding Brown’s vocals is a smooth move!

Sean Kingston & Justin Beiber – “Eenie Meenie” (pop)
My daughter likes this song. And that’s all I got.

Mike Posner – “Please Don’t Go” (pop)
Admittedly Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” has worn out its welcome on pop radio right now. It’s been played out. But this new track is as cool as that one and will probably be just as big! Also…check out the video. The dude is wearing an Ohio University t-shirt in it! And THAT is worth a purchase in MY book!

Monster Magnet – “Dig That Hole” (rock)
I wanted to like this track more than I do. With a brooding guitar that sets the tone, it turns generic pretty quick. Which is too bad…

Finger Eleven – “Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me” (rock)
Every cell in my body screams to NOT like this band, but damn if this isn’t a good pop rock track! I can’t…stop…singing…GAH!!!!

Fran Healy (feat Neko Case) – “Sing Me To Sleep” (pop)
Slow and simple, the vocals are haunting and Case’s appearance adds to the ambiance. I really like this track and seeing as how it’s free this week on ITunes…you should too! Go get it!

Tim Armstrong – “Into Action” (pop reggae)
Believe it or not, Stephen King recommended this song to me via Entertainment Weekly. It IS addictive and ranks up there with Michael Franti & Spearheads “Say Hey” as the most likely song to drive you insane once it gets stuck in your head.

Alicia Keys – “Unthinkable” (R&B)
Damn this woman is sexy and when I heard she had a baby boy I had to go download something to celebrate. Might as well go with this slow jam. Quite possibly her best song ever? You check it out and let me know what you think!

Marquis Houston (feat Rick Ross) – “Pulling On Her Hair” (R&B)
Oh so naughty and catchy as hell, this ranks up there as one of the best fetish songs I’ve heard in a while…lol

Good Charlotte – “Right Where I Belong” (rock)
Good Charlotte channels Angels & Airwaves and puts together a classic arena rock anthem. Joel Madden and band rock it on this single which is a step above anything else on their latest, “Cardiology.”

“WORST ALBUM COVER ART RIPOFF OF THE MONTH”
Escape The Fate – “Escape The Fate”
So I was checking out this album and it sounds like extremely generic pop rock in the same vein as Finger Eleven even though they apparently are a goth rock band. But what really caught my eye was the cover art. Remember THIS classic Queen album?

Well…Escape The Fate TOTALLY ripped it off with THIS…

C’mon now…seriously? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Freddie Mercury would STOMP all over this hack band…

Tunes From ITunes_West Coast Swing

Traveling with a professional baseball team leaves me with a lot of time to listen to a lot of new music and lately I have been a downloading MANIAC! So here are some new tracks that are burning up my earbuds as I travel from city to city. Phoenix, Los Angeles & San Francisco will never be the same…

Anberlin – “Impossible” (rock)
A good summer rock track. Maybe a little too light to be considered “rock”, but pop rock would probably be the best description. It’s light & easy pop rock. There…better?

Usher – “Stranger” (R&B)
I don’t know what to think of Usher these days. On one hand he’s a budding superstar, on the other he’s a mess. I wasn’t impressed with “Raymond vs Raymond” but the deluxe edition includes a few HAWT tracks and I really like this one. Also check out the sexy “Lingerie”!!!

JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys – “If You Let Me” (rock)
Rock out with legendary Chrissie Hynde & JP Jones! Who needs LeBron James when Hynde is a rock legend? Right Akron? This track is awesome!

Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” & “Teenage Dream” (pop)
Gee…wonder which one will be released first after the post-“California Gurl” phenom dies down? Either way, BOTH are excellent pop tracks. Go get ’em both!

Brad – “Oh My Goodness” (rock)
Love it when this band rocks out on the guitar. With members of Seattle grungers Pearl Jam & Pigeonhed on board, how can they NOT rock?

Black Mountain – “Old Fang” (rock)
Straight from the 70’s, Black Mountain sounds like they hopped in the Tub Machine and zipped back a few decades! Trippy and I’m sure it’ll be HUGE among the college set.

Chris Rea – “The Road To Hell” (blues/rock)
I admit, when I heard this, I thought it was Mark Knopfler. And that is the ultimate compliment! Turns out Rea has been around for some time and this is one of his best known hits. Go check it out, especially if you’re a fan of the steel guitar.

Hans Zimmer – “Time” (instrumental)
Featured in the movie “Inception”, this track is shattering in the way it reaches a pinnacle and then backs off to a soft, soul-searching ending. Love it.

Matthew Dear – “Slowdance” (alternative)
Interesting track. Hard to pinpoint exactly what the influence is but I’ll say it’s a slow rock with electronic edges. I really dig it! Something new & refreshing!

T.I. – “Ya Hear Me” (rap)
Now he’s outta jail and ready to take on all posers. This track is SMOKIN’ HOT! Will definitely be on my Best Of at the end of the year! Crank it up and wind down the windows so you can piss of the neighbors!

Mike Phillips – “Fallin'” (jazz)
Soft sax jazz track with a little vocal help from Natalie Stewart. Easy to listen to and I’m ALWAYS good for a little sweet sax!

Mike Posner – “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” (pop)
The dude who brought us the cool summer smash “Better Than Me” kicks it soul style with this ditty about…uh…gettin’ bizah!!! I predict a hit with this one!

Rehab – “Oh My” (rock)
With a southern tinge and a sweet bassline, Rehab kicks it in gear with this awesome track. If you like bands like Kings Of Leon or MuteMath (which I do), check out this band!

Never Shout Never – “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (alt-pop)
This could be a pop hit. Slow love song with a simple composition but effective in its message. I like it!

Ludacris – “Sexting” (rap)
OMG!!! This track is AWESOME!!! Dunno how I missed it, considering Luda’s “Battle Of The Sexes” was released months ago. LMAO! If you like a little humor with your rap, this track is perfect. I HIGHLY recommend this one! Will have you shakin’ your ass all the way to sex addiction class!

Ryan Star – “Breathe” (pop rock)
You’ll probably hear this song on commercials, on television shows and all over the place. Slow and melodic, it’s nothing you haven’t heard before but effective in it’s simplistic pop rock stance.

Trey Songz – “Say Aah” (rap)
Originally released last year, I went searching for a good workout song and I found this little gem. It’ll have you bouncing and shaking your ass all over the place!