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Kicking a word when it's down

For all you “emo”-hataz out there: I figure, if some sucka can manufacture a genre of music based on the mere presence of emotional content (or signifiers), I can do the same:
music that somehow makes a statement or tells a story, usually through its lyrics.
music that sets a mood using its lyrics, instrumentation, or production
music with notes in it
I just can't wait for the cross-genre experiments !



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Jul. 19th, 2002 12:45 pm (UTC)
Did I already ask you how you go about explaining that you like "pop" music when some playa counters with "but 'pop' just means 'popular' so that must mean you like Britney Spears and N'Sync, right?"
Jul. 19th, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well, at the very least, pop is any music aspires to be as "popular" as Ms. Spears and co. Anything that has some kind of immediate appeal, usually some kind of hook so you remember it. Jazz was pop once upon a time, folk can be pop, even Laurie Anderson can be pop (“O Superman” charted in England, you know). That is pop, broadly construed.

Also, I would like to emphasize that in no way is my post intended to disparage emocore as actual music back when the term actually meant something (i.e., Rites of Spring), nor do I wish to cast any aspersions on the comedic genious of Emo Philips.
Jul. 19th, 2002 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Well...
I know what can be pop, but that still leaves me with absolutely no way to describe the type of music I like, which is often NOT "popular" but which is known as "pop."

That's the dilemma.
Jul. 20th, 2002 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: Well...
That's kind of a toughie. Power pop ? Yes, but too restrictive. Some rockcrits use the term "pop classicism," which I take to be something like
tightly structured rock-based songs with instrumental, lyrical, and arrangement styles largely determined by the Beach Boys, Beatles, Kinks, Hollies ca. 1964-1967, and the bands they influenced.

Just off the top of my head, of course, and the term still says "pop" in it. "Classic pop" sounds kind of stodgey, and it ignores other other kinds of classic pop like Motown and girl groups. At some point, probably when the first Big Star record came out, there was a distinct difference between what was considered popular or commercially viable in Top 40 land and the what it used to sound like from 1964 to 1972 (very roughly speaking).

I know, we can call it TSRBSWILAASLDBTBBBKH-c-1964-1967-ATBTI-core !

Getting back to Britney, have you heard the Fountains of Wayne acoustic cover of "Baby One More Time ?" It was kind of a stunt, but it just goes to show what you can go by changing an arrangement. And these guys were capable of writing a song like "That Thing You Do," which is a very convincing evocation of the early classic pop era. That's why sometimes I think the distinction between "pop" and pop has more to do with scenes and styles/arrangments than music.

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