Rock’n’Roll is Dead III

One of the downsides of not having kids is not having the immense pleasure of sharing in whatever they’re listening to. You could say that the kids need to make their mistakes in musical tastes to fully realise what’s better when they get older? If it was up to me I’d put a ban on pocket-money, or install a strict policy on what they could or couldn’t download from Itunes (try explaining to kids today what it was like buying a ’45 from a record shop). Of course, I jest.  It’s all good…

I had no idea who Justin Bieber is. According to his Wiki page he was ‘discovered’ by someone named ‘Scooter’. It can only get worse from there on in.

It’s worrying how young the talent is these days and how little I can relate to them (if that doesn’t sound too weird). I just heard of Bruno Mars the other day and it turns out he’s 25! He looks about 12 and his music (I only heard the one track ‘grenade’ 63 million hits on youtube BTW) is as uninspiring and insipid as someone with the name Bruno could conjure up. Is that it? That’s the best we’ve got to give to the young un’s?

In South Korea, worryingly, things are not looking any better. Whoever put this outfit together needs a good slap. While I’m all for freedom of expression, that has just got to be one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen.

Adding more fuel to the fire, and not being content with bombarding us with 8 year-old singing dolls, the Korean media go into overdrive thinking that any native English speaker who reads their paper(s) gives a shit about who’s next to dominate the beach bars of South East Asia with their toe-tapping ditties. And then they run a headline Are vapid girl bands the best we can do in music? Do you think that’s a rhetorical question per chance?

Last but not least, my favourite stories had to be about the South preparing Girl Band’s songs to assist in ‘psychological warfare’. I shit you not. Evidently they know that the songs are, to put not too fine a point on it, dogshit, and will render the North’s Army a jibbering wreck. I know it worked on me.

More of the same came later in the year when it was proclaimed that Trot music is South Korea’s best propaganda weapon. I’ll let you be the judge as to what’s the most effective method. I can see Kim Jong-il bricking it in no time.

South Korea, like the West, has a huge amount of talented artists that you’ll never hear, see, or read about in your local media outlets. For whatever reason it seems that dumbing down the music that the ‘kids’ listen to is just another rung in the ladder to getting us all to buy into the same shit. McWhatever…



Author: From a Late Night Train

Teacher. Musician. Ponderer. Had lived in Seoul, South Korea since 2000. Moved back to Glasgow, Scotland in May 2017.

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