OneStdv, who apparently wakes up every day thinking about the same things I do, has written an interesting post on the spectacle of Chris Robinson criticizing the lovely Taylor Swift for being too clean-cut and “corporate”, I guess–for her lack of hipster “authenticity”–that revolting relic of the Baby Boomer experience that launched 1000 doomed junkies to fame. It is another part of the Boomer Cargo Cult–the attempt to ALWAYS have a Jim Morrison or Janis Joplin hanging around waiting to die so a new generation can have it’s moment. There also always has to be a properly Political Band à la the Fugs or the Clash–so enter the punk Tribute Band Green Day, stage left.
I bet a million Boomers actually wish Obama would get assassinated so we can all repeat the Kennedy experience they have tried to Photoshop over President Tarball HNIC and the Imperial family since they dressed the ridiculously steatopygian Michelle up as Jackie O and tried to force us all to believe she was beautiful and glamorous because she had a flip and toned arms. The popularity of a performer like Taylor Swift is a reminder to every aging Boomer of his impending cultural irrelevance; that they cannot keep their death grip on every facet of American Life, from the culture to the workplace to the Government, forever.
The notion that popular music ever has or ever WILL revolve around the Jim Morrison tortured artist paradigm is patently ludicrous on its face anyway. This is just another example of how the Art Critic’s favorite narratives end up being mouthed by regular people. In the same way “The Blair Witch Project” was oversold to the public as a “great” movie by pretentious art fags mouthing film student and critic’s memes when in fact it was of interest only to nascent filmmakers for its (at the time) groundbreaking cinéma vérité style and use of handheld DV.
Watching the Top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80’s on VH1 last night, I was struck by how sweet, romantic and clean so many of the top songs were. How perfectly traditional they were, even though they hid it behind what AT THE TIME, people forget, was outrageously nouveau sounding fancy electronic music, like A-Has “Take On Me”. Some of it didn’t even hide behind that, the song “Come on, Eileen” was #1 on the list:
a BANJO and FIDDLE for christ’s sake!
A simple love song from a boy to a girl, played with traditional instruments. #1. No junkies, no sleaze, no “angst”. God, no wonder the revolting ex-hippies and Leftists hated the 80’s so much. From what I can tell the newer generation of kids love the 80’s and are most likely going to grow up finding all things associated with the tortured-rock-star-as-artist and junky embarrassing and old-fashioned and gay.
All that being said, here’s some more of what I was actually listening to in the 80’s as an annoying Proto-Hipster Douchebag