I’m gonna make like a Christian Fundamentalist here and trash something without actually having seen it. But, come on; did I need to sit through the VMAs to know they’d suck?
The following headline greeted me on Yahoo! this morning:
..followed by a pouty little picture of Ms. Spears, well, flopping at the VMAs.
::sigh:: I caught a little bit of her performance on Yahoo! video, and they’re right. She’s listless, she looks bored, she looks like she’s walking through it, she looks tired, blah blah blah. Which is strange, considering what a solid performer she’s always been. I’m actually serious. In the past, I’ve seen her
singing okay lipsynching and dancing around and basically acting out the song and, as soon as I’ve gotten done cursing the pop world for the shallow, over-produced, plastic pretend-music it forces down our throats, I’ve thought, “Wow. One human being is doing all that stuff at once. For four minutes straight. On national TV. That’s kind of impressive.”
Madonna can still do it, but I think that’s because she reinvents herself every few years and comes out with something different, something more along the lines of what comes naturally to her at the time. She wants to release a book of pseudo-Mapplethorpe erotica? She does it. She wants to be sorta punk? She does that. She wants to release an electronica tune? Behold, “Ray of Light,” which rocks, shut up. Whereas Britney in 2007 still looks like she sorta wants to be Britney in 2000. She’s not. She’s seven years older, she’s had a kid, and her performance has kinda confirmed what some of us have thought all along: there’s really not a lot there.
However, I’m sure she’s a perfectly nice person.
Also, according to Yahoo!News, Justin Timberlake told MTV that they should be playing more videos before being whisked off by his bodyguards. I don’t know if those two things were actually connected, but the Yahoo! people are trying to make it sound like they were, and who are we to question them? If Justin posed a threat to someone by saying that (or vice versa), then it’s a sad commentary on our culture; the most revolutionary and dangerous thing that someone can do is to go onto a TV network and accuse them of not doing their job.
MC Lars, in “Download This Song,” told record companies that they were running their labels like it was 1992. MTV still thinks it’s maybe 2000, the last time they were at all relevant, and that’s even sadder.
All right. I’ve got an online Digital Audio Production course to work on today. Time to single handedly save the music industry from itself.