“Friday” And Pop Music

2 Apr

From EW.com

I think everyone is familiar with Rebecca Black and her infamous song Friday by now. Let me start by saying, when I first heard the song I thought it was a joke. I mean, I just saw her smiling in the video and thought “Oh man, she’s playing us!” I’m also kind of a Friday hipster (“I saw the video when it only had 1 million views!”) Haha, just kidding. Well, it’s true but nothing to brag about ^_^;

Everyone can agree that the lyrics are ridiculous (WE SO EXCITED. Let me help you out there Rebecca, and insert an ARE into your sentence before my brain explodes). But we shouldn’t really hate on the girl. She didn’t write the song, and she’s only thirteen. Alright, she could have said “You’re serious? I’m going to sing ‘Fun fun fun fun, you know what it is!’? Someone please rewrite this!” but whats happened has happened. If anything, we should blame the rapper guy who DID write the song, especially because his rap was one of the worst parts of the song (‘I’m driving, switching lanes, there’s a school bus in front of me’ >_< ).

So you must be wondering why I’m bringing her up, especially AFTER all the hype has died down. It’s because Friday, in all its horribleness, opened my eyes to pop music everywhere. I was already pretty fed up with pop music and its extreme repetitiveness and shallow lyrics. And radio stations drive me insane when they play the same song 5 times a day for 6 months. But Friday has made me realize what a downward path we really have been traveling on. Let me show you some songs that have been playing nonstop on my local radio station.

Backseat, by New Boyz:

Don’t say a word just turn around and let me see
Girl you got something special something special for me
Its way too many suckers in the VIP
Tell her got my car out front
Tell me do you wanna kick it in the backseat
I wanna get beside ya
In the backseat
So I can be your backseat driver
in the backseat
I wanna get beside ya
In the backseat
So I can be your backseat driver

I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
Met met a group of girls in a Escalade
They came with you and left with me

I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
Met met a group of girls in a Escalade
They came with you and left with me

(lyrics from http://www.elyrics.net/read/n/new-boyz-lyrics/back-seat-lyrics.html

It’s so repetitive you can get tired of it by listening ONE TIME. And when I’m in the shower listening to the radio, I’m helpless to turn it off as this guy talks on and on about the freaking backseat!

Blow, by Ke Dollar Sign Ha (watch the music video -_-)

This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to-

(Lyrics from http://www.metrolyrics.com/blow-lyrics-kesha.html)

The chorus is the exact same throughout. The lyrics don’t change at all, she sings it in the exact same notes every time. And can you even call them notes? She gets through ‘This place about to’ before auto-tune completely takes over. By the way, your opinion on auto-tune? I think it can make a song great for dancing to and give it an electronic, edgy feel but it has completely taken over. Every single pop artist uses it now a days; who knows how many of them can actually sing?

S&M by Rihanna

Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

(Lyrics from http://www.metrolyrics.com/sm-lyrics-rihanna.html)

I would highly recommend clicking the link to see how repetitive the lyrics are. It literally makes me shake my head.

Anyways, I would like to use this song to highlight the message behind all lyrics. Everyone’s singing about drinking, girls, partying, and going crazy. Songs should at least be somewhat meaningful; when will the industry get that we’ve had ENOUGH songs about the same old things? And this song is just as bad, and if you don’t know what S&M means then please urbandictionary it. But the lyrics I’ve posted above can tell you the gist of it. Rihanna, why are you singing about liking kinky torture? This song is going on the radio, which kids will listen to. And you know that kids will be listening to your song online, too. And this topic is a vicious circle, by the way. In the artists defense, parents should control what kids listen to and deem it appropriate or not. It’s not the singers responsibility. But when you already know that you’re not some unknown artist who is known to be for adults only, of course you’re going to have kids listening.

 

So tell me, why was Friday shunned and laughed at while these songs continuously play on our radios every hour? How are these songs any better? I mean the lyrics are a little more shaped but no song is a lyrical masterpiece. I find it ironic how we are so appalled at Friday and can’t realize that this is what our music already was. Friday isn’t a new low, it’s just the garbage that highlighted the lows of half of mainstreams music. And as for the music video; she’s in front of green screens the whole time and is very awkward, but is dancing in your underwear any better? People need to ask themselves what they value in our culture and whats important to them. People from future generations are going to look to their history and what will they find? Enrique Iglesias singing “Tonight I’m ****ing You”. Real classy.

 

In this post I have covered Friday, pop music in general, auto tune, stupid lyrics, and repetitiveness. Let me say that there are some good songs out there, even if they all have the exact same structure (Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Chorus; although I don’t know much about the technical terms, I’m sure you get what I mean) Some good ones are Perfect by P!nk, Who Says by Selena Gomez, and Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s. And one song I’m really liking right now is Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

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7 Responses to ““Friday” And Pop Music”

  1. Thomas April 2, 2011 at 8:07 PM #

    Oh my gosh I love this post! I agree with everything you said – especially about how there are songs that are just as bad as “Friday” out there but they go unrecognized because they have good beats but bad meanings.

    I love pop music. But recently… dang. This post explains my emotions toward pop, especially as of late. Great job. (:

  2. Cara April 7, 2011 at 10:55 PM #

    Oh my gosh this is so true! I’m tired of hearing this crap and the worst part is I don’t think people really realize how bad it has gotten. I plan on buying a thing that can play my ipod because I’m just plain old tired of hearing the same songs when I drive to school.

    Excellent post:D

    • lightningflash2 April 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM #

      Thanks! And yeah, it’s great to have a wire that’ll just let you play whatever you want from your iPod. Sometimes when I’m going somewhere and listening to the radio, songs will be playing while I’m going there. When I’m coming back after an hour, the same songs will be playing again. So frustrating!

  3. element119 April 20, 2011 at 3:45 AM #

    This post has certainly grabbed my attention as I am an avid underground Hip-hop fan, so I am all about meaningful music and all against meaningless repetitive music! Heck, my entire blog is dedicated to Hip-hop and analysing meaningful lyrics (although I am dabbling into writing about other stuff too!). But yeah, the lyrics do seem to be about superficial subjects and very materialistic these days, but hey these songs sell because they tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.

    • lightningflash2 April 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM #

      So true; the radio is filled with meaningless dance music. Nothings wrong with a little ‘let go’, thoughtless dancing, but the radio should be much more diverse.

  4. element119 April 20, 2011 at 3:50 AM #

    Oh and I subscribed 🙂

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