OpinionLove songs are one of the signature plagues of our times
      – BorgClown, 2008-12-16 at 20:59:58   (14 comments)

On 2008-12-16 at 21:02:29, BorgClown wrote...
It sucks that almost all songs are about love, how much can the genre be milked? A few decades ago, songs (specially European songs) could be about anything, the sea, a park, animals, etc. Now you can find variety only in the underground and trove scenes, mainstream pop music is 90% commercial love trash made for profit.
On 2008-12-16 at 22:18:31, George wrote...
Though there are an overwhelming amount of muzac drivel love songs, I still think that some of the best songs written are love songs. For quality non-love-song music, The Flaming Lips spring to mind, though even they are not completely immune to the temptations of writing a love song.
On 2008-12-16 at 23:38:02, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I had my music collection inundated with heavy metal music by someone following my school days, and it's tough to think of many such songs that have anything to do with love. There's a huge variety in the style of rock/metal bands, e.g. symphonic rock and doom metal, and the subjects covered are vast. If you can mix different types of music, e.g. metal and pop, then you can simply choose songs which appeal to you regardless of whether or not they're in the mainstream. At present, I have no easy way to keep track of what's in the charts but I do know that very few songs appeal anyway.
On 2008-12-17 at 16:27:30, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
Love has been the predominant theme in music since the Song of Solomon. I wouldn't say it's a modern thing.
On 2008-12-17 at 18:20:45, BorgClown wrote...
I like soft metal and jazz because of the varied themes, I think it's just mainstream pop what is heavily biased toward love songs. There are many awesome pop love songs, but the bulk are crappy repetitive and mind-numbing mantras.
On 2008-12-17 at 18:26:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't understand why R'n'B and hip hop have taken off so much over the last decade or so, at least in the UK. This type is completely alien to the music culture that existed before and can hardly be considered an improvement - yet it clearly has appealed to young people who have been exposed to it almost exclusively.
On 2009-01-05 at 21:15:42, Thelevellers wrote...
The R'n'B thing is all about dancing to it I was firmly informed by my ex (who has an otherwise excellent taste in music). I disagree as I couldn't dance to that if I wanted to... Gimme some good old rock'n'roll an I'll dance! ;) Love sonsgs wise I have to disagree as I happen to know some truly excellent love songs, tho I am including break-up songs in that so that may invalidate some?! ('No Distance Left To Run' by Blur springs to mind as one that almost had me in tears in a train station recently...) It's the same old good song versus bad song debate really, if it's well written lyrically or musically it's good, but most modern popular music is badly written lyrically AND musically, so it all sounds rubbish. Bring back the 90's I say! ;)
On 2009-01-05 at 21:19:50, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I suppose there's some truth to the dancing aspect - reggaeton is like that, with the horrid music that is easy to dance to. Musical taste is very personal on a song-by-song basis, but you can be persuaded to like some music by other artists if you have a close friend who likes it.
On 2009-01-05 at 22:07:25, Thelevellers wrote...
Very true on the friendship factor... Though there's certain kinds of music I would never like, I've learnt to tolerate some, and seek out a few bands for the associated memories. Like the Norwegian black metal legends Dimmu Borgir - they are very closely connected to an awesome snow based outdoor adventure trip I hod in Norway. I was in a room with three huge fans and their CD players had speakers... :s
On 2009-01-05 at 22:28:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Oooh, Dimmu Borgir are pretty interesting. Maybe you'd like some of the bands I listen to...
On 2009-01-06 at 01:19:45, Thelevellers wrote...
A somewhat on topic pic I just stumbled... http://weheartit.com/images/20081026111357.jpg :D
On 2009-01-06 at 01:20:20, Thelevellers wrote...
Lol, sorry, that looks like it could be aimed at your last past there Lee! Unintentional... Lol...
On 2009-01-06 at 07:56:20, Baslisks wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Alien? You do realize the whole ska thing went back and forth for a couple of years. Blues is a big big part of that genre. Mostly for dancing and rocking about.
On 2009-01-06 at 10:26:40, Lee J Haywood wrote...
R'n'B was alien to the pop music that predominated beforehand, although of course it wasn't non-existent and new forms of music will always make their way into the charts eventually. But for a country with a predominately white population and seemingly focused on disco and then dance and club music, embracing African American music seemed a bit of an odd direction to take.