I'm a kid born in 1988 which luckily means I missed out on 80's music (I'm sorry, I like one or two artists/songs, but in general I strongly dislike 80's music). My mum grew up in the 60's/70's, which meant that I got to grow up listening to the best music to ever have graced this earth, artists like: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley.. to name a few of my favourites!
These artists are my favourite because of a few things; the epic guitar solos, the mind blowing drumming (listen to Led Zep's 'Moby 'Dick'), the catchy bass lines and of course the fantastic lyrics.
I don't have a great musical ear (always been more visual) but I love a song I can sing along with.
I grew up with Redemption Songs, finding a Stairway to Heaven, telling Johnny to Be Good and Wish(ing) You Were Here… uplifting songs which brighten your day, inspire and discuss the world around us.
Now, i'm not a prude and I must ashamedly admit I have some on my ipod.. but dear lord, I pity the kids that need to grow up listening to the music which is on the radio's today - don't understand how some of these lyrics are allowed to be played on the radio!
Lyrics like: 'Slow down, grab the wall, shake it like you tryin'a make your ass fall off', 'She's hopped up on me her body's pressed on me I think she's ready to blow', 'And you've been waiting patiently for me to break you off and girl your clothes still on but imma rip em off', 'Sold out arenas you can suck my penis, international oral sex.' - a bit graphic don't you agree?
What happened to 'Someone told me there's a girl out there, with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair', 'Remember when you were young you shone like the sun', 'One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain'.
Of course there's always been songs about sex (and why not) but the ratio has gone overboard and you can see it affecting young girls. They want to dress like the half naked girls in the video (who surely are only shaking it so hard around that guy because other wise he won't feed them?) they sing the lyrics they hear; about sitting on some guys lap and he won't call you later cos you's a hoe bitch.. I never though i'd see the day where this was ok?
I find myself cringing when listening to the radio now, the beat is rubbish, everything's auto tuned, not much actual musical talent involved and goddamn those awful lyrics!! Society is really going down the wrong path by allowing more and more of these types of songs to be shoved down young peoples throats, it gives an unrealistic and derogative view of sex, love and life.
So I say, turn up that damn Rock n Roll, out of your cars, out of your windows - remind people what REAL music is about, the badass instruments, the skill, the talent and lets pray that some record labels listen and start to turn down these tracks which only promote some sexist views on our basest of human instincts.
CHANGE THE BEAT AND BRING BACK THE GUITAR SOLOS!!