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_The Leaves Are Falling Mix

So Autumn has arrived in all her beauty. Leaves are scattering all over the ground and oranges, reds and yellows splash the Ohio Valley hills. I love this time of year and lately there has been some pretty damn good music coming out which makes my mood even brighter! Here are some tunes you should check out as soon as possible. You’ll see I’ve been in more of a rockin’ mood…which is ALWAYS a good thing…

Trapt – “The Wind” (rock)
Although I consider Trapt to be one of many bands that produce this kind of pop/rock sound, I kinda like Chris Taylor Brown’s voice and this track speaks to me lyrically. Consider the refrain…

Whichever way the wind blows
that’s where I’ll go
I can’t think about tomorrow.
Another road to the unknown
I will follow.
No more time left to borrow.”

I dig it!

Atomic Tom – “The Moment” (alternative)
Recalling the Psychedelic  Furs, this track is a throwback to the 80’s and, of course, I ALWAYS dig that. Good fall music…

10 Years – “Fix Me” (rock)
Slow tempo rocker from one of those OTHER bands that produces pop/rock. I know, I know…some consider it cheesy, but I grew up on hair bands so that love just sorta morphed into this. Sue me.

Kings Of Leon – “The Immortals” (rock)
Go read my review of the entire album here, but this is my favorite track. Love the guitar work and it’s got an arena rock sound I dig. Check it out!

Third Day – “Move” (ITunes calls it “Christian & Gospel.” I call it ROCK all the way!)
Yes…this IS a Christian rock band. Bluesy and sizzlin’ hot, THIS is the best track in this list. So f%$#in’ awesome (can I say that about a GOSPEL band???)!!! You should donwload it right now and it WILL be one of my favorite tracks this year.

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – “Somebody To Love Me” (pop)
Pairing up with Culture Club lead singer Boy George, this DJ turned entertainer puts out an album and off it comes this gem.  You can also download “Bang Bang Bang” but this is my favorite of the two.

Zac Brown Band – “Keep Me In Mind” (country)
I like it when I come upon a sweet little country song about love and longing. This track is perfect for that. And it should be a monster country hit. Let’s wait and see….

Group 1 Crew – Live It Up (pop)
My kids like this track. Sounds sort of standard bfor pop fair these days but there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s poppy and over-produced but entertaining none the less.

Pink – “Raise Your Glass” (pop)
Its all over the radio and I’m sure I’ll get sick of it soon but for now, it seems like Pink has herself another hit song!

Far East Movement – “Don’t Look Now” (pop/dance)
Right now this band has a super hit in it’s “Like A G6” single, but I predict this one is gonna follow it up as soon as the hype dies down. This is a better track but in the same vein. You’ll be shakin’ your butt…promise.

Idlewild – “Post Electric” (rock)
This Scottish band has been around for a while but I really don’t know much about them. This track is off their new album called “”Post Electric Blues.” Great song and I will look into this band a little bit more and get back to ya…

Shakira – “Rabiosa” (dance)
Um…I know I’m gonna raise a few eyebrows with this one but Shakira (which means “loose booty” in spanish) has got somethin’ here. Teaming up with Pitbull helps and this track is undeniably catchy. Seriously.

Hinder – “All American Nightmare” (rock)
Something for Halloween maybe? Eh. I wouldn’t go that far. Truthfully…this is the worst track on this list. Seriously generic in every way. Sorry Hinder fans…

Trent Raznor – “A Familiar Taste” (instrumental rock)
An instrumental from the Nine Inch Nails lead singer that is featured on “The Social Network” soundtrack, this jam cranks it up a notch and rips you around with a throbbing house beat.  I also like the more subdued “Painted Sun In Abstract.”

CLASSIC OLDIE OF THE WEEK: INXS – “Elegantly Wasted”
I totally dig INXS and I heard this track on XM a few days ago and had to go get it. Featured on the 1997 album of the same name, this was Michael Hutchinson’s last hurrah with the band. Later that year he was found dead in a Sydney hotel room. The album only got to #41 on the American charts which is unfortunate. It has a lot of good songs but this is my favorite!

“SHE’S HAD HER MINUTE AND NOW SHE SHOULD RETIRE” ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Liz Phair – “Funstyle”
Don’t get me wrong…I LOVED me some Liz Phair back in the 90’s…especially “Whitechocolatespaceegg”…but listening to snippets of this new album made me wanna tear my eyes out. Or at least plug my ears. Seriously…not good at all. Dunno what happened to poor Liz. I imagine she is torn about what she wants to be. Is she alternative? Is she pop? Who knows. At this point she is listed in “Bargain Bin.” This one won’t even chart…