Whenever I look around random people’s sites, I am always struck by the number of people that slag off popstars like Britney Spears. It seems that they think they must hassle them (in the least witty way possible might I add) just to make themselves cooler.
The truth is, popstars are perfectly harmless. Their function is simply to entertain 12 year old girls who don’t know any better (they also serve to keep thousands of porn sites running, but I digress). No one is pretending any different.
So, I suppose you are asking yourself if Britney Spears isn’t the enemy, who is? I’m a negative bastard (have you noticed?), and I need something to bear my wrath. Well, my friends, I’m here today to say to you that the enemy is all around you.
And their name is Linkin Park.
In the pop industry, it is all very fickle and disposable, and hardly anything lasts longer than a year. Everyone accepts this, and as a result the artists end up making attention-grabbing songs, taking the money and running. Well and good. But now, Linkin Park enter the ‘rock’ scene, representing all of these qualities but with guitars, and it is threatening to end rock music as we know it.
Wait a minute, Linkin Park have cred don’t they? They are HARDCORE! Well no, they aren’t. And that’s exactly the kind of thought that makes them so dangerous. Everyone looks at the light fluffy pop and says that’s disposable crap targeted at kids. That’s EASY. But Linkin Park? Linkin Park are different. They are heavy.
I’m sorry, but just because something is loud or heavy does not guarantee it took talent to play, or is any good. In fact it seems to be the other way round. The thing that takes real talent is expressing all of the same emotion and intensity but without relying on noise to get you there. Examples of bands that I believe have achieved this are Tool (during the quieter bits), The Clash and the Violent Femmes. Noticeably, all of these bands have cred. There may be something in that.
The thing is, people like YOU are being fooled into buying this ‘boyband with guitars’. No one can blame that 9 year old girl for wanting the Backstreet Boys. She doesn’t know any better. But Linkin Park? Linkin Park is targeted at the 16+ and above age bracket. Come on, by this age everyone should be able to think for themselves and look a little deeper than the superficial advertising.