Obviously, I’m biased against mainstream music, but I’m not too proud to admit when something is good, catchy or what have you. My grievances generally stem from image and marketing tactics and targeted demographics more than musical issues. For example, I can’t stand Lady Gaga because her big dumb nose is EVERYWHERE. Also, her hegemonic abuse of the avant-garde aesthetic, but that’s another blog post for another day.
However, from where I’m sitting, Ke$ha is a downright plague on pop music and art in general. As soon as I heard “Tik Tok,” I knew she was trashy, but the first thing that set me off was hearing my 9-year-old niece sing along to “Take It Off” in the car this past November. Every word, including:
And now we lookin’ like pimps in my gold Trans Am Got a water bottle full of whiskey in my handbag Got my drunk text on, I’ll regret it in the morning But tonight, I don’t give a…
Maybe I’m already getting old and stale, maybe it’s the straightedge kid in me, but why is this subject given so much airplay, and in such a blatant and overt manner? It seems irresponsible and lacks context. I don’t think everyone should be a teetotaler like myself, but some things shouldn’t be regarded quite as “carefree.”
The other thing that made me forcefully spit out whatever I was drinking at the time (in a comedic fashion) was when I found out that Ke$ha was the most-listened-to artist in 2010 according to Last.fm. Now I know that Last.fm is not an even sampling of the world’s music listeners and this statistic probably wouldn’t line up with Soundscan or Billboard, but it’s still shocking. The next most-listened: Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz and Vampire Weekend. Do you see why this came as a surprise?
Besides being trashy, irritating and ubiquitous, her originality should also be called into question. Her first major exposure was singing the hook to Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” a song itself derived from Dead or Alive’s 1984 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” Granted, she was just a voice on that, but it’s not a good look nonetheless.
As for “Tik Tok” and any other white-girl skank-rap numbers she might have up her sleeve…has anyone heard of Uffie? She had perfected the art of white-girl skank-rap by 2006! Upon casual listen, the comparison is obvious; the greatest difference is connections - who they know. Also, Ke$ha does have better vocal chops…
It’s troubling to me that she can actually sing, as evidenced by an acoustic song being passed around the internet. Assuming it is in fact her, it’s good! It’s not significantly auto-tuned or anything. I wouldn’t listen to it regularly, but it’s far less offensive to the senses than any of her better-known material. However, the conscious decision to squander real talent, or some degree of artistic integrity, in favor of the more profitable alternative: diluted, derivative, disgusting dance-pop…absolutely criminal. Unforgivable.
However, I do have to give her props for one thing. She “sings” about being a trashy skank, but it’s okay, because evidently, sheis.
So, my friend Meaghan had a FANTASTIC idea. She wanted to reread all of the HP books before Deathly Hallows came out, so she counted up chapters and found out that if we start on Christmas Eve and read one chapter a day, we can read all 7 books PLUS Beedle the Bard and finish right on schedule to go see DH part 2.
AWESOME RIGHT? I’ve never been able to restrain myself to just one chapter a day, but I’m going to do it this time. I think trying to take it all in at a slower pace might help me appreciate it in a new way too.
More details are posted in a blog post here, and she’s also set up a Twitter account @HPReread and we’ll be using the hashtag #HPReread to discuss thoughts & feelings as we read. Kind of an online book club. I’m passing the info on to you because I’d love to get a lot of of my lovely HP friends to participate in the fun.
The reading schedule is:
December 24, 2010 – January 9, 2011: Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone January 10 – January 27, 2011: Chamber of Secrets January 28 – February 18, 2011: Prisoner of Azkaban February 19 – March 27, 2011: Goblet of Fire March 28 – May 4, 2011: Order of the Phoenix May 5 – June 3, 2011: Half-Blood Prince June 4 – July 9, 2011: Deathly Hallows (not including the epilogue — we’re saving that for last!) July 10 – July 14, 2011: Beedle the Bard July 15, 2011: Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in theatres. Reread the Deathly Hallows epilogue today.
FEEL FREE TO SPREAD THE WORD TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED!
I am already doing my own reading challenge but this sounds awesome and I think I shall partake in this as well.