Youtube comments are probably the best place to go if you want to find some really ignorant statements. Some of the dumbest are these ridiculous calls to bring back “real music”. And there are a lot of them, because real music is redefined by every kid with a keyboard.
“Real music” isn’t a thing that actually exist, its more of a made-up idea about commercial, popular music somehow not actually being music. I guess some people got music confused with Christmas trees. Whatever the idiot that writes or posts one of these listens to becomes totally authentic actual music, and it makes you a better person than everyone that has ever heard a radio. It doesn’t matter what kind of music either, as long it isn’t Justin Bieber apparently.
I did get most of these from a J Biebz video, but I’m pretty sure that every one made shows immense hate for the dude. No problem if his music isn’t your thing, but I’m sure he gets a lot of blind hate just because he’s huge at the moment. Kids want to rebel and listen to Asking Alexandria or whatever and pretend to be more interesting than their friends (and to tell their parents they just don’t understand). It doesn’t stop there either, tons of people hate Asking Alexandria because of how fast they got scene popular, though it isn’t surprising at all considering the amount of scene band selling points they use all at once. AA can be real music next to T Swift, and fake bullshit next to La Dispute, which is fake bullshit according to skramz bros, and etc., creating a vicious cycle of elitism.
It just never ends! Mainstream pop isn’t real enough, so a kid turns to radio rock bands. They aren’t real enough, so he turns to scene bands who try pretty hard to be on the radio (All Time Low, A Day To Remember, etc.). They aren’t real enough so he turns to less popular “serious” scene bands like The Ghost Inside or maybe some Four Year Strong. They’re still too fake, so he turns to bands like the Wonder Years and Touche Amore, with reputations of being ‘tr00′ for their genre. He starts to think that their realness might just be gimmick, and turns to weird 90′s skramz bands. Then he sees too many kids jocking those bands, and turns to totally unknown skramz bands. He wakes up one day hating everyone who listens to anything, and cringingly refers to whatever he’s playing as ‘art’. Gross. And that’s not even considering the paths people take to becoming metal nerds, or indie posers, or even worse, post-rock aficianados. Because there are so many levels, no matter what you listen to some asshole can call you out on listening to “fake bullshit music”, when in fact all those bands are just as real as the others. What’s so bad with mainstream music anyway?
Imagine playing any of those bands at a party or a club. No one would know the songs, dancing would be impossible, hot girls would leave, mellows would be harshed, and the only people left would be the nerds who had no chance of getting laid anyway. Simple catchy pop/dance songs about nothing important are important, and having mass appeal doesn’t make them bad. Just like how writing personal songs about your life and being poor doesn’t make your music any more real or better. Some people write songs about girls, some people write songs about girls and also are marketable, its all real music. No one likes that guy in the back of the room complaining about how fake pop music is while waiting to plug in his iPod full of undanceable boring/depressing/alienating ‘real music’.
Happened to me recently. Was at a chill party, chilling with some 7′s (being generous), jamming some Watch the Throne, when a couple pop-punk bros turn on like Such Gold or something. I even like Such Gold (not enough to know if it was them tho), and my mellow was severely harshed. Two songs later thankfully, someone turned it back to some ignorant hip-hop, but that party was almost sacrificed so two bros to sing along to their ‘meaningful bullshit’.
Don’t be that guy who ruins people’s good times by hating on the fun music. No one wants to hear your sludge metal playlist or about that basement hardcore show/vegan buffet, or even that totally sweet breakdown you’ve been blasting in your car on repeat. The majority of people will always just listen to the radio, so learning to at least put up with it is a pretty important life skill. Mainstream music is just like every other genre, a lot of shit that’s not for you with a good amount of music you’ll actually really dig if you give a shot. Even if its targeted to kids, because there’s nothing wrong with some wholesome pop jams. This should be pretty obvious to anyone out of middle school, but my mind got pretty messed up by looking through youtube comments, and maybe this isn’t as basic as it should be.
I got three more of those pictures, just gonna tack them on at the end.