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Let’s Talk: When does good music turn bad?

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Let’s Talk: Discussing the Music

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This is a topical point of conversation that first came to me when I was listening to lostprophets. Again, I don’t know what caused me to fraternise with such music in relation to such a catastrophic individual that is Ian Watkins, but there I was. Listening to Rooftops and enjoying myself for a brief fleeting moment before I thought again about this band.

Another jarring thought comes to mind with this question when we essentially grow up. Telling sad truths has never been a thing I’ve wanted to do, but it’s true. When you turn 33, that is the age when you stop liking new music. An instant distaste crops up with all popular teen pop music. But, funnily enough, if you grew up with it in your own teen years, this music will more often, remain with you until your thirties. Whether we grow up, or merely grow out of music, you could essentially argue that the music your once loved and grew it up, will either be a bitter-sweet memory or music turned bad – depending on what is associated with that music.

So let’s talk … this is the question I propose to you – –

When does good music turn bad?

Is it hideous affiliations or rumours associated with the band?

Or is it just the music itself?

Do you have any proposing stories of music you once loved – but turned sour?

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If so, let me know!

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4 replies on “Let’s Talk: When does good music turn bad?”

I still enjoy new music, just not a lot of what’s popular in the US currently. I’m nearly forty. I can’t bring myself to sing about making out with boys in the parking lot or sit there singing about my private parts 😂

The only music that has “turned sour” for me are all the angry chicks of the 90’s, Fiona Apple and Tori Amos in particular. Alanis had so much talent that even though “You Oughta Know” is a song about a 19 year old overreacting to a break-up, I can still jam to it 😄 But I’m happy, I can’t deal with that depressing/angry Fiona stuff anymore.

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Oh man, I have so many reactions to this post! First off, I had no knowledge of lostprophets or their music until 2015, when former band member Lee Gaze followed me on Twitter. By then, he was part of the band No Devotion, which formed from the ashes of lostprophets, with the addition of Geoff Rickly. They released a wonderful album “Permanence”, and I wrote a brief review – literally the second one I wrote for my fledgling blog.

But getting back to lostprophets and similar situations, it can be difficult to keep liking music when you discover an artist or band has done some pretty hideous things. One artist that comes to mind is Michael Jackson, who though he was never convicted of any wrongdoing, I do believe he engaged in inappropriate behavior with underage boys. But at the end of the day, that fact hasn’t made me think less of his music. On the other hand, I have a strong distaste for ALL musicians who were/are strong Trump supporters. And were I to discover that an artist or band I love was a MAGA Trumper, it would seriously damage my feelings for them.

Regarding the idea that we stop liking new music at the age of 33, I think it’s stupid, but sometimes sadly true. Most people, by their early 30s, are married or in relationships, often with children, and working at a career job. Unlike their teen and college years, many no longer seem to have the time or energy to listen to the amount of music they once did, although there are of course many who still do. A lot of people seem to cling to the music they grew up listening to, with little interest in going outside their comfort zones or taking the time to listen to new music.

In my own case, I started finding much – though certainly not all – new music distasteful starting in the early 90s, when I was around 36 years old (I’m now ancient). The early 90s saw the ascendance of grunge, hip hop and rap, all of which I strongly disliked, figuring I was now too old to ‘get’ them. During that period, I liked softer rock or adult contemporary acts like Oasis, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, matchbox twenty, Sting, and R.E.M. Thankfully, I eventually pulled my head out of my ass, and belatedly learned to appreciate much of the grunge, and some of the hip hop, I’d previously missed out on. And of course, having a music blog has opened my mind to lots of music I previously didn’t care for or appreciate such as metalcore and alt-Country. Now I have little patience for my peers who don’t know anything about, nor have any interest in, music released after 1990.

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Ah thank you, my friend, for your words. It sincerely means a lot from yourself.

Yeah, MJ is definitely a sore spot for many fans who feel conflicted with him. I think you’re right though – I think people still listen to his music and enjoy it; because it doesn’t take away from the fact how good of a musician he was (despite me not wanting to believe those accusations made against him).

Politics and music never seem to get on as it’s such a dependable factor on whether someone is liked or not. I know countless musicians who downright refused to either play for him or play at his events because they knew the kind of tarnished reputation they’d receive because of it. I remember Katy Perry becoming somewhat of a lost artist in the wind when she came out and supported Hilary Clinton. But yeah, it would absolutely damage my feelings for the artist, have a different opinion about them.

I’m still in my 20s but I do hope I cling on to the music I grew up on when I get to 33. I’d always think I’d still listen to new music regardless of my age, because knowledge is power! I can then comment on artists the kids are listening to and be within the cool crowds!

I once listened to chart music back in the late 90s/early 2000s, but I soon did the same, felt I was too old to grow up with such teenage bubblegum music and that’s when I ventured into 70s/80s music, developed an interest in soft rock, hip hop and metal, too. I try to veer away as much as I can if it’s “popular” music but that can be hard if you’re writing a music blog!

Wow, thanks for your little insight into that topic, always good to gain a little knowledge into how people perceive music upon different scenarios and situations.

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