I almost got to within one month of being late replying to stuff here, but then I slacked off, so now I'm months behind again. Oh well. I'm still gonna take as much time as I feel like, though, because heck, why not? :)@ midwestgal
cont., and @ Semanticssubhead: American prudishness meets the sexy J-Pop pink nylon happy-happy
Before I do anything else I just gotta watch that J-Pop video
Excuse me for a sec ...
Yay! Everybody should watch that at least once a day, preferably in the morning while drinking caffeine like I am! Wakka wakka yeah!!!! Sorry I'm being silly. I like being silly and totally cornball, so sue me.
The music in the video is so over-the-top and syrup-ly produced that it reminds me a bit of Andrew WK. Remember Andrew WK? I was not at all a fan of his, but I thought his shtick was distinctive, at least, for the five seconds that anyone cared. Funnily enough, though, this kind of Pro Tools-gone-mad approach to music production has become so common that it's no longer all that remarkable, is it? Abuse of Pro Tools (ex.: autotuned vocals, super-high volume levels, etc.) is maybe my least favorite thing about the last 15-20 years of pop music.
On the other hand, the song in the video is well-crafted as a piece of pop fluff. That's not at all as easy to do as it first appears, BTW.
Mostly what thrills me and intrigues the hell out of me about that video is the utterly non-Western cultural iconography on display. Here we have a room full of incredibly physically-perfect minors (minors, right? that's supposed to be obvious, right? I hope I'm not just being a perv here) frolicking around in sexy undies, and they're all so damn happy it makes your teeth hurt. Yay and win, I say. But also -- WTF?
It's the unabashed juxtaposition of hyper-sexual images with images of youth and childish, un-erotic emotions that just shocks me. I can't decide if it's super-sicko or super-refreshing or some of both. It's super-titillating, that's for sure, in both the sexual and non-sexual sense.
Are Asian (or non-Asian) fans of this kind of imagery oblivious to the implications of all that flesh being on such cheerful display? Americans have this kind of thing too, sort of (reference early Britney and Christina, circa 2001 or so) but the wink-wink denial component is very important to us, what with our Puritan cultural heritage. The Japanese seem to take their pedophilia neat, without the shame spritzer ... or is it actually pedophilia at all? Everyone is so cheery and innocent-looking that luridness or lasciviousness doesn't seem to enter into the picture in any way -- except, come on, people! Look at all that lovely young flesh! You can't tell me that the Japanese aren't responding hormonally, just like us pervy Yanks.
Anybody who can help me understand all that is invited to try. :) I'm becoming a fan of some manga, which has just as much if not more confusing cultural iconography, along similar lines to that video ... Japanese Vs. American Sexual Imagery 101, anyone? Please enlighten me.
On to other stuff ...@ Haru329 more grousing about being old -- "it'll happen to yooouuuuu ..."
most of the music I listen to is in the rock and metal genre. There's something about that kind of music that speaks to my soul.
On extremely rare occasions I might listen to a country song. I never listen to rap. I just can't get into it. Here are my favorite bands, listed in no particular order: Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, Digital Summer, and 3 Doors Down. I would try to list them in order on how much I like them, but this always changes with my moods.
Nothing wrong with country, as long as it's good
country, knowwhatImean? :) I've spent most of my life in parts of the American South, so I've heard plenty of country in my day ... most of it bad ... but some of it real good too. I think it's interesting that you enjoy listening to at least two bands who show rap influences (Korn especially), but you don't like rap. It's hard to find too many people these days who dislike all rap. It makes me kind of nostalgic though, because I'm old enough to remember when most people didn't consider rap to be music. (Me? Well, I'm from Down South, so I've heard plenty of rap in my day ... most of it bad ... but some of it real good too!)
Five Finger Death Punch gets my vote for "band name of the day." There's an art to choosing a great band name, you know; it's very very difficult to do. You know what band name I really like? "Huey Lewis and The News." Love it. Don't ask me to explain it, though. As with most everything else when it comes to rock, The Beatles nailed it, as far as band names go. IMO. (I was a Beatles fan for at least a decade before I realized the word "beat" was in there. Yeah, I can be slow sometimes. Talk about a great name tho ...)
Hmm -- "Glee." TV show, right? Broadway show? Both? Neither? So, do they include actual original songs, or other people singing covers of songs? What kinds of songs, for example? (Have I got a clue about "Glee"? Obviously not. Sorry, I'm an old fart who doesn't watch TV much.)
4. 19, almost 20
What amazes me about your age is the fact that you are a fan of certain bands -- Korn, Disturbed, 3 Doors Down -- who I thought stopped being popular when you were too young to listen to much music. Did you get turned on by an older sibling? Or are those bands still popular with young folks? I would have guessed that all their fans were in their late-20s and 30s by now. I haven't heard a new Korn album in forever, but I still love their debut album.
As usual, I've run on at the mouth too long to get through many responses, but so it goes. :)
Any chitchat about anything musical, responses to questions, new survey responses, etc. etc. et al. are always welcome but never required, y'know.
P.S. Geeklet, thanks for stopping in and for bumping the thread! I don't have time right now to listen to your new links, but I will soon.