Things I should probably not do again:
- Drop my guitar on my face. I didn’t, but it was a close thing. I was using it as a weight. …yeah. I did that. Just don’t tell anyone, kay?
- Keep putting off calling the guy from Skateboard Marketing. I didn’t do it again today.
- Reheat Little Caesar’s breadsticks in the oven. I did it just like Katelyn said to…and they turned black and crispy. Who’d have guessed three minutes would be too long?
- Stay awake until one or three or FIVE THIRTY in the morning. It always turns out badly.
- Forget to do my laundry. It isn’t really improving the appearance of my bedroom floor. Plus, I guess I need some clean clothes. Sometimes. Maybe. (Yes, I am very clean—and lazy).
So, with that out of the way (I will probably do some of those things again, even if I know I shouldn’t), I am going to tell you about one of the things that I cut from my last post. Namely, pop-punk.
Let’s begin with Reeser’s assessment of pop-punk: Pop-punk is the devil.
Let me list a few bands that cross my mind when I think of pop-punk, so that you can have an idea of what I mean (or, if you aren’t familiar with any of these, you can look them up and listen for yourself).
Search the City
Run Kid Run
I can’t stand most of the songs I hear by these bands. I just can’t. Some of them don’t consider themselves pop-punk…they use the terms “power-pop” or “indie rock” instead, but they are all part of the same upbeat, blandness that I loathe.
I almost hate that hazy musical range that is emo, screamo, and we’re-sort-of-punk-only-not…but I will make allowances for it because sometimes there are songs that are good. Just like I hate “alternative, college rock”, but I will listen to some of it because sometimes there are one or two songs that make me forget that I hate the genre overall.
I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to find the same redeeming songs in the sea of pop-punk. I hate it all. But…it’s not a groundless hate. Let me tell you why I hate it, and then you can smirk and shake your head at me and think about telling me that those aren’t good reasons…but please don’t do it. They’re good enough reasons for me, and that’s what matters here, right?
Right indeed 😀
Let me first explain what that is to me, since some people will define musical genres differently. I’ll explain what pop is to me, what punk is, and then what pop-punk is and why it’s evil.
Pop is something that makes you think of boybands and Brittney Spears and the 90’s—bands like Aqua, A*Teens, and any of those Disney starlets that are growing up to look like sluts and have over-produced vocals with all the bells and whistles and funky distortion effects…you know the sound. That’s what pop is to me.
Punk, however, is supposed to be angry and brush up with politics and social criticism more than pop—maybe not all songs, but…you know…generally. Plus, it’s not supposed to have all those production doodads that make it sound completely like no sound that will ever be made with human vocal chords. Punk is supposed to be grittier and more realistic.
Now, I confess, I don’t actually listen to a whole lot of punk, so maybe I am arguing something that isn’t even any of my business to argue, since I hate pop and don’t listen to punk anyway… but hear me out anyway. The point I’m trying to make in this section is that punk shouldn’t be similar to pop, right? The goals of the genre are completely different…right?
So, what do you get when you have a song that is sort of trying to pretend that it’s gritty and has some of the good ol’ punk attitude, but is also a lot of fluff and over-produced vocals? Well, you have pop-punk. It’s an evil thing. It’s like…they wish they could be tough and all, but they also want to be uber-catchy and yucky.
So I don’t like it because of that, but that is not so much, overall. I could avoid those kinds of bands and things would be fine between me and pop-punk. Sometimes I would hear it and I could probably handle it if there just wasn’t SO MUCH floating around at the moment.
I’ve always liked the Tooth & Nail label, and I worked for them at Warped Tour last summer…but because of pop-punk, I am starting to not like a hecka lot of music that comes from T&N anymore. They are putting out TOO MUCH material from pop-punk (power-pop…whatever) bands. On my partial list of offending bands, the ones in orange are all T&N bands, or bands that had contracts at T&N.
Granted, the label has other good artists that aren’t in this genre gradient, so I can’t blame them entirely, but still…a lot of this music that they’re putting on the market is getting to the point where it sounds like too much of the same to me.
I also hate that RadioU (local Christian rock station) plays so much of it. I used to love RadioU because I liked a lot of the music, but now I don’t. I don’t like that I can hear two or three songs in a row that I can’t figure out what band they’re from because some of them sound so alike.
Usually I think people are being stupid when they say that there is no good Christian music, but then I think of pop-punk and I shudder…
Of course, a lot of people would probably tell me that a lot of the music I listen to on my own (metal and Goth) sounds samey and awful, too, so who am I to judge?
Now, I could always turn around and explain my methods for choosing good metal…and bore them into going away… “if you’re me—and you aren’t—Soul Embraced is probably the best metal band that is all screaming and no sing-songy songs, but if you want variety, then Demon Hunter is my favourite, etc”.
I’m still working on my methods for choosing good Goth music.
…but seriously, pop punk is evil! stop listening to it!!!
Tune in next entry for my complaints about vampire novels 😀
Reeser: so, I’ve figured out a way to make myself get up in the morning.
Reeser: You know how you can set your iHome so that the alarm plays music? Well, I just think about the most awkward songs I have, and set it on one of them. That way I have to get up and turn it off, because I don’t want any of those songs blasting through the house.
Chris: *laughing* You set it for Ashton Nyte’s siren song of “I Like Men.” Yeah, I bet you wouldn’t want that blasting through the house.
Reeser: What?! *laughs*
Chris: Your mom would be all like “what are you listening to?!”
Reeser: Uh, yeah. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have to worry about that, since there is no such song.
Chris: What? Ashton’s siren song, “I Like Men”? Oh, it totally exists. Granted, it may just be in a notebook that he keeps under his mattress, but I bet it’s there.
Reeser: *laughs* What are you talking about?
Chris: You know how musicians write songs on everything—
Chris: —he just wrote it in a journal and put it under his bed and forgot about it.
Reeser: And how exactly do you know about this?
Chris: You know. The rumors.
Reeser: Are these rumors ones that you made up?Chris: Mmm. Maybe…