Is Music War Becoming A Social War?


On October 25, 2012, I read a blog titled “Has Pop Music Gotten Worse Over The Last 50 Years?” about what started as an argument between a girl and her boyfriend.

There were many comments after the blog, some very angry, about the different views that split two types of music:
* current radio (pop/hip-hop/dance/rap/diva)
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* alternative music (rock/ alt-country rock/ rockabilly/punk) which is NOT on the radio, but very accessible.

And what I found interesting was not so much the blog itself, but the irritated voices in the comments that followed it. It looked very much like a social war of words between many, many people that took sides and got heated. I’m talking hundreds.

Like a scene out of Quadrophenia, where the “Mods” and the “rockers” were fighting in the streets (and it really did happen), I read about how the “Alts” feel encroached upon and disenfranchised by the record companies and music business, selling out to snotty thugs riding around in cars, rubbing their “blaring feces” in everyone’s faces. Meanwhile, the “Pops” feel an almost racist anger coming at them by people who are not willing to conform to the “new” music standard. And they want to “shove it down their throats to acclimate them or choke them altogether”.

This is a real social war, a music war not unlike the fights in England in the early 70s’ mods vs. rockers. There is reported physical fighting and retaliation, as told to me by commentors I contacted. People who are riding the fence tend to stay quiet, not being immune to angry outbursts and shaming. But what is it all rooted in? Why is this happening?

One person said, “You can’t compare todays music to yesteryear’s”. Another, “You can’t compare pop and alt music because it’s too different”. But the angry views come from intelligent people who say, “All art CAN be compared”, or it’s “stupidity in splitting hairs (classical with violins vs. without violins). Long ago it was all called rocknroll. Who decided it needed to be cut into classifications, some anal music exec or a pop star that just wanted to stand out? Yet the sides are drawn.

And what about the record companies? Do they simply sell the latest regurgitated shlock that worked last month? Kids WILL buy anything their friends are buying, and that goes for soccer moms too. I heard Katy Perry blaring out of a SUV; mom driving kids somewhere (and the song was too x-rated for the kids in my opinion).

So I’m just looking for an opinion from as many as I can get. Is it becoming a war? Do these sides despise each other? I want to see this war on the internet right now as it is raging. If you hate pop or alt, say so. Let’s see who wins in this blog.

And to help you along, I’ll give you a simple choice for discussion. One pop song on the radio (choose any of your choice) or the other; Two songs by a really cool rising alt. underground group called PC & The Angels of Death (stoner country rock). Click on the Youtube links here to see and listen.

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Keep in mind the songwriting, freshness, excitability, or just how it moves you and makes you feel. Everyone will have their own opinion, but fight it out right here, once and for all for the world to see how the world feels. The record companies are listening too.

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5 thoughts on “Is Music War Becoming A Social War?

  1. Jeremy says:

    This “war” of music isn’t anything new. I can remember in high school there was the ghetto kids, metal/rocker kids, alt kids, electro kids, ect. Everyone thought their music was better for many reasons, most of which had no real ground to stand on. I remember when hip hop first became a genre and everyone said it was a fad. Little did they know less then 30 years later it would become not only the largest music genre in the world, but would take the commercial world by storm. It seems impossible to hear a commercial on the TV that didn’t take an older song and put a hip hop beat behind it. Music will evolve, continually. People will always disagree with one another about what genre or style is better. that’s just our nature as humans, to argue over stupid things. The only thing i wish people would do is have more of an open mind, this goes for both “sides” of any argument. You may not like or want to listen to what someone else thinks is the best thing ever, and you don’t have too, just respect the music and the opinion. I myself listen to a wide range of music in almost all genres. I must admit that im not too keen on the newer stuff that’s come out the last few years, but that doesn’t mean it’s crap. it has it’s place. I just know that some day (sooner then not) the musical genre of choice will change yet again and another generation will feel the same thing that most others have felt. To quote Grandpa Simpson from the Simpsons “I used to be with it, but then they changed what IT was, now whats IT is weird and scary to me…..it will happen to you!”

  2. Tamar2012 says:

    So what is your choice?

  3. JenniC says:

    I don’t think it needs to be a war about this. Each of us are individuals with our own unique likes and dislikes. The wonderful thing about art and music is that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  4. Greg C. says:

    I believe cultures around the world since the beginning of time have appreciated, enjoyed, and incorporated some form of music in their everyday lives. However, one man’s music can often be another man’s noise, and vice versa.

    This is the real reason for today’s social conflicts regarding music per se. I can remember back in the 1960’s and 70’s when music use to serve as a means of communication between two groups of people who had very little else in common. Unfortunately, music artists of today are not as gifted in helping to bring together both, social and cultural divides. Instead, much of today’s music (namely Pop music), advocates nothing more than social conflict and even war.

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