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(Yahoo)   Hits by made-to-order 'processed pop' bands dominate 2002's last singles chart   ( divider line
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2002-12-30 01:33:01 AM  
2002-12-30 01:33:35 AM  
and by cool i mean retarded
2002-12-30 01:33:42 AM  
i listen to phish. see you at hampton!
2002-12-30 01:35:22 AM  
Is this like looking into the future?
It constantly says 2003.
It looks like 2003 is gonna suck.
2002-12-30 01:35:57 AM  
I think the Brits are turning Japanese. I really think so.
2002-12-30 01:36:39 AM  
The year started with top performers including Sir Elton John lambasting processed pop
Yet having Justin Timberlake star as him in a video. Right.
This is nothing new. Monkees,New Kids on the Block,etc.
Does anyone else know that En Vogue was formed after the record company had a beauty contest?
Groups put together for the sheer reason to make money? Say it isn't so.
2002-12-30 01:36:42 AM  
Attention RIAA farktards: P2P is not killing your industry. Pumping this garbage out is what's doing it. Forget about Napster and put out a restraining order on all your boy bands and Britney clones.

2002-12-30 01:37:48 AM  
It's never about the music, it's about the look.
2002-12-30 01:38:10 AM  
Young_Fart: I feel like I want to punch you.
2002-12-30 01:39:32 AM  
thank god there is a ton of indie/underground stuff of all verieties out there.
too bad the music business is too entrenched to change HOW they do business or these bands might actually make money.
continue to forcefeed us crap and we will continue to not buy it.
fug the riaa
fug the big labels

/me scurries off to listen to and band on Ipecac
2002-12-30 01:39:37 AM  
Pop is the devil. And now that blink 182 and NFG have sold out, punk is slowly going pop too. And yes, they sold out. NFG was a one hit wonder (and they werent even average at the Warped Tour...) and Blink 182's last good CD was Dude Ranch. Pathetic. Death to pop.

hooray for ska. Its UNTOUCHED by pop!
2002-12-30 01:39:37 AM  
*shrug* Doesn't matter when all the music I listen to is imported.

dj TAKA > (most music made in America in the past 3 years)
2002-12-30 01:39:38 AM  
You were built as well as we could make you-
But not to last-
The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long and you have burned so very brightly.
2002-12-30 01:41:41 AM  
No offense, but seriously that's the latest peeve of mine.
"Don't know what you got til it's gone" was ART?
"Whadda man" art?
"Everything I do (I do it for you) get what i'm saying.
Generation X'ers are sounding more and more like the baby boomers in this area. "Well, back in my day the drugs,sex and rock and roll were MUCH better"
I call bullshiat.
2002-12-30 01:41:51 AM  
"It is like packets of cereal," he said. "It is just fodder. There is too much, just too much of it."

Elton John is now respectable. w00t
2002-12-30 01:41:58 AM  
Processed pop? Processed cheese? Same taste...
2002-12-30 01:42:43 AM  
Well, they were! Now all these stupid rug-rats have are happy pills mixed with penis mightiers!
2002-12-30 01:44:13 AM  
well, I was stressing the rock more than the drugs you sick little man.
2002-12-30 01:44:20 AM  
WOW, femme-fatale is hot!
2002-12-30 01:44:26 AM  
It just goes in cycles. From the empty, hollow depths of 80's hair bands came some really good anti-hair band music from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. We may have to put up with this shiat for a while (usually about a decade), but it'll get better. It always does.

And besides, who gives a fark what's popular? There will always be good new music out there. You just have to look for it instead of having it handed to you (or forced down your throat, as the case may be).
2002-12-30 01:44:58 AM  
Luke Vibert > Every pop group evah
2002-12-30 01:45:29 AM  
Wheeeee! I'm a pop sensation!
yvan eht nioj
2002-12-30 01:45:48 AM  
Ahhh, mainly kids like sugarpop sh*t, and humans are becoming lazier and lazier, less interested in seeking out good music.
2002-12-30 01:46:32 AM  
Young_Fart: I feel like I want to punch you.

Yeaaaaa! My work is done! :)
2002-12-30 01:48:52 AM  
Redstormpopcorn: Does DJ Taka have some songs in DDR? I think so but too lazy to check...
2002-12-30 01:49:05 AM  
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2002-12-30 01:50:41 AM  
It's not that pop is bad, it's what pop has become that's bad. What about songs like Take On Me and Billie Jean? Are those not good pop songs? It's all modern music. For some reason, people have this impression that MELODIC SOUND (aka Music) should involve sex appeal. Bullshiat. I have tuned out the entire last decade of music because of this crap.
2002-12-30 01:51:37 AM  
Lobsterboy, you're kidding, right? The genre you're talking about is pop-punk, and it has been tripe since the beginning.

Or maybe I'm feeding a troll.
2002-12-30 01:52:48 AM  
Only a decade? The 80s were pretty bad with it, too. Except you could never tell whether it was a guy or girl by voice or appearance, so it all evens out I suppose.
2002-12-30 01:57:14 AM  
The problem with "Sir Elton" is he's already blown his wad, so now he's like this desperate crack ho. For 10 pounds, he'll blow you too.
2002-12-30 01:59:57 AM  
I guess that's why they call it pap music.
2002-12-30 02:03:30 AM  
What's most important is that in a few years, all these people who buy this manufactured pop will feel ashamed of liking it and be ridiculed for it. And they will try to deny ever liking it.

Or even better, "Behind the Music" will always have corpses upon which to feed. Bring it on, I say!
2002-12-30 02:03:41 AM  
Well maybe if we could get rid of clearchannel and get the DJs to play some new stuff and let us decide for ourselves what we like we'd get some quality music. Also bands and artists wouldn't have to depend on some A&R man to turn his gaze upon them at long last only to tell them to change into the flavor of the month just to get their name out there.
2002-12-30 02:03:53 AM  
I always wondered why people demanded credibility from music--like just because a band "paid their dues" they are given a freakin' trophy and their music is instantly better. People who wear brand name jeans, drive cars and drink corporate drinks in their every day lives would have a conniption fit if Fugazi ever made an album for MCA.

It must suck to be an artist who has to live up to some imaginary rules of "SELLING OUT" because suddenly, by signing a contract with a conglomerate, your art is worth less.

Christ, I am glad that I stopped being a "rock journalist".
2002-12-30 02:06:25 AM  
I can't stand processed pop music. However, one could argue that processed pop is actually the best music out there.

The songs are chosen from thousands of songs written by top song writers. The music is played by professionally trained studio musicians, and produced by the top producers in the business. And, the artists are hand-picked from thousands of artists.

Amazing how you put all that talent into the process and all you get is crap.
2002-12-30 02:06:56 AM  
Rock Journalist - the lowest form of scum.
2002-12-30 02:07:18 AM  
Alterian: dj TAKA's been in on it since 4th Mix. SO far, he's contributed .59, Leading Cyber, Absolute, Abyss, Kakumei (with Naoki), and in the just-released DDREXtreme, he's got Colors, V, and Frozen Ray.

Don't get me started on Beatmania/IIDX.
2002-12-30 02:09:04 AM  
I caught parts of "Popstar: The Rivals" on TV, and was genuinely saddened by what I saw. Two record company bosses (I think) sitting, picking out the singers that look the best over those with actual talent (of which there seemed to be very few), before encouraging the viewing public to phone in and get them in the final band. Truly the most cynical money-making scheme for those involved.
2002-12-30 02:09:28 AM  
I expect bands to say something in their music, or try something new in order for the art to evolve...maybe that's why I liked prog-rock so much, and why I like indie now...

I just feel that since the 80's or thereabouts we've been getting told what we want by the radio stations. MTV came in to fill the gap, then went the way of the radio stations. If we don't get to hear someone, we'll never know if we like them or not, but at least they succeeded or failed on their own merits, not some arbitrary decision made by advertisers and king dollar and the labels.
2002-12-30 02:10:25 AM  
Ah yes..I thought so .59 is one of my favorites...its the main song I learned how to play on ^_^
2002-12-30 02:11:24 AM  
Sales figures of singles are really no longer a benchmark of what's popular - they are, however, an indicator of what people who don't have Kazaa might be listening to.
2002-12-30 02:12:35 AM  
Amazing how you put all that talent into the process and all you get is crap.

Problem is, the "music" is engineered to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Well, if you're gonna reach out to that second or third standard deviate on the bell curve, it goes without saying that the lowest common listener isn't all that sophisticated. He's probably a 10-yr-old C+ student from Kentucky. He's also the reason you can't get hot coffee at McD's.
2002-12-30 02:14:48 AM  
From what I have heard music follows a cycle. It will suck for a while and then something will come along and shake the whole thing up. Like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the early 60's, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath in the Early 70's, The punk revolution bringing an end to Disco in the Early 80's, followed by Nirvanna and others saving us from Michael Jackson and hair metal in the early 90's.

We are about due for something quality to break through the sea of crap and change music again.
2002-12-30 02:16:13 AM  
I can't tell if most of you have the most obscure possible taste in music, or if you're all still in 8th grade trying to fight the system and prove your independence by listening to below-average indie bands and absolutely nothing else. (This is not to say that all independent bands are bad. I listen to many, but I also listen to "pop" and rock and hip hop and whatever I can get my hands on that's good.)

A lot of you really remind me of the folks who spout off about how great Linux is and how powerful they feel running it and how it's the greatest thing that's ever happened to them, all the while it's sitting on their computers in an idle partition while Windows is in use 99% of the time.

Don't be so anxious to fight the system. Listen to good music that comes out of the big record labels and ignore the "processed pop" that you don't like.
2002-12-30 02:17:02 AM  
What I hate now is the fact that you don't even get originality in the little bar gigs anymore. It's like they all turned into cover bands. Kinda sad.

As for what gets on the radio, it never used to be like this. My dad used to tell me of a time when DJs would play whole albums and let you know when they were going to do it so you could record it on your reel to reel. Kazaa before there was Kazaa.
2002-12-30 02:19:35 AM  
Video killed the music star
2002-12-30 02:20:09 AM  
Graham Parker's the greatest.
2002-12-30 02:21:07 AM  
I decided to listen to the "processed" pop music, and I didn't realize how the downfall of civilization would befall us this soon.

That is why I listen to "processed" rock music. :)
2002-12-30 02:21:13 AM  
I thought 2002 was actually a great year for music. There were some great albums put out by Foo, Queens, Zero7, Blackalicious, Roots, Trail of Dead, Sparta, Coldplay, South, Alex Lloyd, and Spoon, to name just a few. Some of these acts did get significant airplay, though the Christinas and Britneys of the world continued to dominate the scene.

I'm in agreement with Code_Archaelogist, something's gotts break through soon.
2002-12-30 02:22:00 AM  
My band's dick is bigger than your band's dick.
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