My first rant, so be objective.
In response to this article :
I am so pissed I can’t see straight. Fuck you “anonymous” RCA executive. “Americans have no taste.” Well, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I grew up on Motown, Aretha, James Brown, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Gladys Knight, the Temptations, The O’Jays, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Aaron Neville, Ben E. King, Betty Everett. And you know what? Every fuckin’ one of them could SING. You know what else? LOTS OF FUCKING AMERICANS LOVED THEM. As I got older, I listened to Elvis, Barry Manilow, the Beatles, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Wham!, Taylor Dayne, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Chicago, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Bob Seger, Prince; hell, I even listened to Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli and the BeeGees and bought their goddamned albums. You know why? ‘Cause I like goddamn pop music, along with huge fuckin’ numbers of Americans, Canadians, Britishers and every fuckin’ body else around the world. And they could SING (or someone pretending to be them could sing). I listen to Whitney and Celine and Mariah. And I don’t believe I’m alone. What? I don’t want to buy your surefire hitmaker’s latest release, “Asshole Plugs”? And it’s target demographic just downloads what they want. Well, boo fuckin’ hoo to you.
Vanilla? What, is vanilla supposed to be the absense of taste? You stupid son of a bitch, every flavor out there is based on or enhanced by vanilla. You leave it out and see what you get. I know and buy what I like. If RCA feels “they cannot afford to be judgmental”, I can. Since RCA is trying to sell pop music, I would advise their executives to drop the elitist attitudes. Or maybe not. It’s nice to know what people realy think, and I can and will follow my favorite artist to a different label if necessary. So they “resent having their passion marginalized by anyone with a telephone and a taste for Bee Gees medleys”? Well, I resent talentless hacks who got in the business side of music because they couldn’t cut it as artists marginalizing my passion. You, Mr. Asshat Executive, sell shit. Unhappily for you, if you don’t sell shit I want, or what America wants, you get fucking fired. Welcome to the land of tastelessness.
A friend of mine commented that “the response of the record industry to Clay’s success reminds me of the reaction of the Detroit car companies when Japanese cars began outselling them. They just couldn’t take it seriously, because after all they were Detroit, they knew what American car owners wanted. And for years they just tinkered with the fins and cupholders while Honda and Toyota gave buyers gas mileage and reliability and design. It’s the same blindness and same patronizing attitude. I’ll wager it leads to a similar result.” An industry that is so fucked up it is to the point of suing they’re own goddamn customer base can’t tell me shit. I like Clay Aiken. I bought his single, I tend to buy magazines that have articles about him, I will buy his CD. I have download his songs. And will still buy his CD. Knows lots of other people planning to buy his CD. They have also downloaded his songs. But I guess middle-aged women’s can’t really learn how to access WinMX, and obviously our money isn’t good enough for you.
And I do have Kazaa and WinMX. And you know why? Because I don’t particularly want to buy an album recommended by some fat-assed RCA executive who doesn’t know jackshit about taste. The last album I walked into a store and bought? Alicia Keyes. You know why? ‘Cause the girl can fuckin’ sing. You know where I bought it? Wal-Mart. You know why? Because it was cheaper than Sound Wherehouse. Now that’s a goddamn American reason for buying shit at Wal-Mart. Because it’s fucking cheaper. I looked at RCA’s roster. Besides Clay and Elvis, there is no one there I would buy. NO ONE. I might listen to Christina or Kelly or the Dave Matthews Band, and THAT’S IT. I like some hip-hop. I liked it back in the 70’s and 80’s. It took 15 YEARS for the fuckin’ industry to take it seriously. So, Mr. Stupid Executive, I’ll be here laughing at you as you and your fucking industry goes down the toilet. Jackass.
Oddly enough, I liked what the article said about Clay. I just that holier-than-thou attitude of the music industry, that if women like it, it’s not any good. Feh!