Thursday, January 31, 2013

Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga:Ruining The Female Singer Songwriter.

The female songwriter has always had a rough time getting their voices heard in this industry, and while I feel these new pop stars have talent I wanted to talk about why they (and the industry) have ruined the music industry with sexist bullshit that the feminist movement fought so hard against.
It used to be about the music, but now it's about filling pocketbooks.Why did these ladies conform to the suits instead of change the world, and what does this mean for the younger generation of music lovers.

Katy Perry:

I remember when Katy Perry came out in 2008 with her breakout hit "I Kissed A Girl" I automatically wrote her off as just another cheesy pop tart who was looking to cash in on the sex sells route.So I was shocked to ind out my older sister actually liked her a lot and re-assured me that she can actually write good songs and that she is more then what her pop songs portray. So after years of going "yeah right, uh huh suuure." I was stunned to see a video on you tube of Katy Perry singing an acoustic version of what I guess was one of the first songs she ever wrote that went on to be used on her album One of the Boys:

Thinking Of You

For the first time I was blown away; by not only the beautiful lyrics but also her sincere honesty she had when she sang it.It got me thinking; was I wrong this whole time? 
Is there more to this Katy Perry chick? 
Is she a real singer songwriter underneath that whip cream bra? Actually....Yes but my bigger question to Miss Katy Perry would be this:
You have this gift of writing songs, you can sing, your beautiful, and you used to write christian music...why did you sell out? What happened? Did you sell out in order to get your voice heard by the industry so you could go on to write better more meaningful songs one day, or after five plus years of struggling you said "Fuck it" and just caved in to the bullshit world of pop music.I would love to know the real answer to this, since it just saddens me to know that the girl who can write songs like this:

Trust in Me (off her christian album titled Katy Hudson)

To writing bullshit like this:

California Gurls

What the fuck happened?


Ke$ha is another pop artist I would like to talk about and one who truly confuses the hell out of me.Is she a corporate hack or is she just a parodist in the sense that she is making fun of the ridiculousness of the industry and pop music in general and using that to cash in? 
I would like to believe the answer is the the last one and here's why; When I first heard the utter ridiculousness that is "Tik Tok" The first thought I had was "She has to be joking, Nobody could really be this fucked up!" and upon doing some research of her background here are some interesting facts:

1.Like Katy Perry she writes or co-writes all of her own songs and has actually written songs for other famous pop artists (like Katy Perry Has).
2.Ke$ha learned songwriting from her mother who was a successful country songwriter who wrote such hits as "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle To You."
3.Dr. Luke (who went on to sign her) described her demo like this:"A gorgeously sung, self-penned country ballad" and the second "a gobsmackingly awful trip-hop track, when you're listening to 100 CDs, that kind of bravado and chutzpah stand out."

I know making it as a singer songwriter is hard in this industry, but how can someone who wrote this:


To write this cluster fuck:

We R Who We R

What the fuck happened?

Lady Gaga:

I probably don't need to go into detail about this last artist, but unless you live in a cave Lady Gaga is a pop singer who got her start performing in small club venues in new york as part of the defunct band "The Stefani Germonatta Band" aptly named after her real name Stefani. Now anybody who knows me knows that unlike the other two ladies above in this post, I personally cannot stand Lady Gaga and her shitty music. But before all the little monsters get their panties in a bunch let me explain
I like Stefani G's songs, the ones she wrote when she was still "struggling" 
but not the trite bullshit that she now sells as Lady Gaga.

I can deal with this:

 But not this shit:


What the fuck Happened?

My big point is this:

Obviously all these women are talented in their own right, so how come the industry have made them into these corporate idiot pop stars? 
And why does Katy Perry, Kesha and Lady Gaga let them get away with this?
More importantly: Why do WE as the consumer buy this bullshit? 
Why don't we expect more from the industry at this point, they have talented artists so why are they making them write trivial pop shit? 
Instead of shaking their titties why don't they wake the fuck up and realize from the success of Adele that normal people want normal deep music,I  know it's a shocker! 
The road was already paved by brilliant songwriters like Joni Mitchell,Carly Simon and Carole King, now why don't they pick up where these women left off? Pop music originally was supposed to be the pulse of what the common people were listening to that was popular. So technically, pop music could be about anything, It didn't have to be stupid dance club tracks, it could be about love, redemption, war and sadness, which are all common experiences in the human collective. 

Carole King's 1971 album Tapestry is considered one of the most successful pop albums by a female artist with over 25 million sold worldwide, 4 Grammy's (including album of the year.) and is ranked #36 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. She is also inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame for songwriting with credits spanning back to the 1960's. 
This is what pop songs can be without having to conform to industry standards:

I feel the earth move

It's too late

Joni Mitchell is another wonderful songwriter who not only has written many hits for other people but has written some of the most iconic songs or herself as well, with her album Blue being considered one of the most prolific albums ever. 

Big Yellow Taxi has been covered by many different artists, but I think it keeps a fine balance of fun but with a message. Even if it is not your cup of tea, you can't deny that she is talking about real issues like the environment (1st song) and love (2nd song) are issues that still resonate to this day:

Big Yellow Taxi

Both sides now

Katy,Kesha, and Gaga:
 There is no reason why you can't write good music that means something without having to sell your souls and without having to lose your identities.It is our mission as women to tell the sexist industry that we don't have to flash our tits to get noticed, we are all valid and deserve a real voice, we deserve more then double meanings and getting drunk, we are powerful,smart,funny,deep individuals who need to strive for more then just the next dubstep nightmare of a song. I don't want my daughter growing up thinking that boys,shopping,sex, drugs and drinking till they puke are the only things that matter in this world.
Popular music doesn't have to be shallow and repetitive, it can be deep and thought provoking as well, real music doesn't have guidelines, it can be whatever we want it to be.
And for me, I deserve something better, society deserves better and our future generations deserve better.
I cannot wait for the day you ladies stop with the bullshit songs and write an album that actually means something and changes the world  for the better instead of make it worse.

Until then, I'll be listening to Joni, Carole and Carly.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Top 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever!

I Swear It'll Be Live!

On Sunday, February 3rd America's favorite excuse to pig out 
(The Super Bowl) will broadcast live on CBS.
Personally I could care less about sports and all the lame ass teams, but to humor my husband I watch with "interest", counting down the minutes until the Superbowl Halftime show occurs.This years show in my opinion is a huge step down with Beyonce leading the pact, and a not so secret of a possible Destiny Child's reunion!....I know I'm not excited either.
Don't get me wrong, I love my girl groups, I was a huge fan of En Vogue back in the day and I love the Supremes, But I just could not get behind the lame songs of DC, believe it or not Bootylicious just didn't do it for me.

With that said, In honor of the greatest show on earth, here's my personal list of the Top 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever!

5.The Black Eyed Peas and Usher

Black Eyed Peas is good at one thing...what that is yet I haven't figured out, but until then enjoy their Super bowl halftime show where they shout into the mic, barely dance and Fergie sings a painfully drunk (maybe?) / off key rendition of a Guns and Roses classic "Sweet Child of Mine". I have no idea why they broke up, they are so.....good....

4.New Kids on the Block ,Warren Moon and It's a Small World 

If I were to die tomorrow and go to hell, I'm pretty sure this is where I would end up.
Complete with Sexually friendly New Kids on the Block,Characters dressed as football players, a butt load of cheesy lip syncing and 2000 children on the field make this not only Micheal Jackson's wet dream, but one of the most brilliant cringe worthy Super bowls ever.

3.Gloria Estefan & Olympic skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill 

You think that with the crap-tastic awesomeness of the 1991 performances they could have picked something better, but oh no folks you were wrong! They went bigger, cheesier and even lamer! Kids rapping,thousands of baton dancing, a marching band, hockey team, Estefan's cheesy songs and of course Boitano, I don't know how this could go wrong!
Pt.1 Video

Pt.2.Video (Gloria Estefan)

2.Patti Labelle, Indiana Jones, Tony Bennett and The Miami Sound Machine (1995)

Disney created this whole halftime show to promote the new Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland...because theatrics, Tony Bennett and football mix! Patti Labelle is great but Tony Bennett singing a ballad surrounded by people in tribal gear just doesn't quite mesh well, and throwing in the damn sound machine doesn't help either. 
Enjoy this 11 minute big ass commercial!

1.Up With People 
(1976) (1980) (1982) (1986)

Up with People is a educational organization that tries to build a bridge of cultural understanding through volunteer work and musical shows...who doesn't love getting educated during football?! I know I do! While I can respect their mission, I cannot overlook the watered down pop song covers or even their original pieces of crap, cheesy "drink the kool-aid" smiles and robotic dancing. I am honestly shocked they were a staple for FOUR Super Bowls! It truly boggles my mind that they thought this was a good idea...for FOUR Super Bowls! I was originally going to post only one video of their shows, but since all four years are pretty equal in their lameness, I'm going to post all four! 
(It's okay, You can send me hate mail later!) 
Enjoy the worst Super Bowl Performances Ever!!! xoxoxox

1976 Performance


1980 Performance

1982 Performance 

1986 Performance

Honorable Mention:
Goes to my favorite car crash of all time, the halftime show at the Orange Bowl with Ashlee Simpson! Awkward dancing, screaming into the mic, and trying to look like an actual singer just makes this worthy of an honorable mention!

Maybe she should have lip synced this...just a thought...

What do you think of the list? Agree or Disagree? 
Who would make your awesomely bad list? 
Sound off in the comments below!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Writer's Block....

I have wanted to post something fun and silly for a couple of weeks now, but I have no all.Nothing really excites me, or pisses me off, so I don't feel passionate enough to write about a topic.Anybody else get to that point in there life? When everything is just blah? Not good or bad but just meh? That's how I feel right now, so if anybody was wondering, that is why I haven't written anything good in awhile....

On a random Note, here's an amazing music video I am into right now from 2011 By one of my favorite artists of all time Bjork....Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kim Kardashian's Pregnant: Let The Zombie Apocalypse Commence!

Kim and Kanye's Baby...aint she purty??

A couple of days ago Kanye West announced (like everything he does in life) to thousands of fans at a show that Kim is pregnant with their first child! I'll be honest, My first thought was "So, she's divorced right?" Yeah I looked into and not so much! Poor Kris Humphries is not only married to this human dingleberry still, but now he has to watch her in the media blab every 12 seconds about pregnancy shit!
 It sucks to be him right now I can tell you that! I would love to know how come this whole dating then getting knocked up thing isn't impacting Kim's divorce proceedings in a negative way.
You know that if Kris Humphries was going around stooping every hoe on the planet and knocking them up you know that the Kardashian clan would be RAKING him through the coals, and Try to find any way to make his life (and divorce proceedings) even more complicated. Remember when he went on a date with some random chick and the media had a field day with him.
Why? Since when is it okay for Kim to move on and Not Kris H.? Why does Kim get a free pass?

Honestly I could give really two shits about this waste of space know as a kardashian, I just think it's tacky to be married and get pregnant with another man's baby. Having a baby out of wedlock doesn't bother me, its just the fact that she is still married that I think is wrong.

Here are some of the best LOL reactions from the twitter world, and it seems like many on twitter could care less about the Kim and Kanye baby as well!

What are your thoughts? Feelings? What celeb couple do you wanna see knocked up next?? 
Comment and let's discuss!