Thursday, December 02, 2004

Holiday Kickoff

Well, not a lot of legal news to report. I have, however, officially completed decorating my house for the holidays. I've got 4 sets of multicolored light nets tossed over the shrubs, a wreath slapped onto the front door, and a lightly decorated fiber optic Christmas tree, the holiday equivalent of a lava lamp. Cassidy and I are festive as hell. Jeff Wilson will soon be hosting his annual Festivus party at his house across the street, and my band will do make their traditionally drunken effort at entertaining folks for an hour or two.

By the way, Cassidy is my 3 legged dog who is a little bit psychic and able to jump and run at tremendous speeds, given the fact that she has only 3 legs. She is a good dog. I think that in a past life she may have been an inmate who was wrongfully convicted for crimes that she did not commit.

Now for a short rant. I object to any endorsement of VH-1's new series of kitch shows which seem primarily geared toward ridiculing the music of the 80's and 90's (metal, boy bands, or whatever). I say this not because the all of the music from that time period was particularly good, but because MTV and VH1 crammed that crap down our throat for 2 decades (mostly due to cushy licensing and marketing agreements), and most of us knew it was crap even when it was broadcast as new. How much time did the average person spend sitting through (or channel surfing through) crappy songs and videos while waiting for just one decent song to come on? Now these stations (owned by the same parent company) are trying to laugh it all off, making fun of the artists who created this schlock, when they were championing these same people years before. How about trying to put some decent art and artists on your stations in the first place? VH1 and MTV, I hated you for showing crappy bands back then, and I hate you for trying to make fun of them today. I'm not letting you off the hook by saying, "Can you believe how stupid we were to like these bands back then?" because most of us knew they were terrible in the first place, and MTV and VH1 are still cramming their airwaves with overproduced, overstylized garbage which has little or no artistic merit underneath the glitter.
End of rant.


4 comments:

The League said...

Somebody must have been buying those dumb records MTV and VH1 are making fun of now. Those records sold like hotcakes going out of style.

I just find it warms my heart to know that those networks are run by bottom-line crunching sleestacks and co-opted former hipsters. It's got to be some sort of career purgatory. You get a license to make fun of the crapy you knew was crap in high school, but in order to do that, the rest of the day you have to pimp the Simpson sisters and Usher.

The League said...

Somebody must have been buying those dumb records MTV and VH1 are making fun of now. Those records sold like hotcakes going out of style.

I just find it warms my heart to know that those networks are run by bottom-line crunching sleestacks and co-opted former hipsters. It's got to be some sort of career purgatory. You get a license to make fun of the crapy you knew was crap in high school, but in order to do that, the rest of the day you have to pimp the Simpson sisters and Usher.

JMD said...

Steanso, you need to post a Sitemeter.

Sigmund Bloom said...

dont knock mtv and vh1 for putting schlock on tv - it increases the chance of Crack's career taking off through some TRL exposure.