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andee's world: Pop Culture, Part 2

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Hello and welcome to my blog. This space will be devoted to opinions, observations, lists, articles and whatever else I feel like posting. Subjects will include music, human nature, politics, life in NYC, etc. If I paste someone else's writing up here, it is because the author said something way better than I ever could. By the way, I don't claim to be a particularly smart guy; I'm just a musician with some opinions. If you disagree with me, that's cool -- but then, you're probably wrong.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Pop Culture, Part 2

Ok I gotta set the record straight with anyone who perhaps thought that the tone of my last post seemed a little...elitist.

Having said my piece on the abysmal state of the entertainment media these days, let me also point out that I love plenty of relatively empty-calorie entertainment myself, and I enjoy pissing off and alienating the purist, provincial snobs (especially self-serious "musician" types and the dreaded "punker-than-thou" lot) as much as anyone.

For example, as much as I bash Britney, I would never deny how much I love Kylie Minogue. But to me there's a huge difference. One seems genuine and sincere and unapologetic in her disposable-ness, and the other just seems like a big pile of marketing tricks cooked up in a lab somewhere. One is a vibrant person and the other is a paper doll with a stylist. Sure, the Kylie stuff is ultra lightweight, but I think the music is transcendant because it sounds to me like it comes from a real place. And the songs are great too.

Just for the record, here are some other cheerfully un-high-brow things I'm a dead sucker for:

Beavis and Butthead -- yeah, it's the simplest humor in the world but it's so f*cking funny, who cares? One of the best shows ever.

Def Leppard's "Pyromania" -- go ahead, find me a bad song on this record

Nelson DeMille novels -- I've read a bunch of these and they've all been great. Best one is Charm School.

Lucky Charms cereal -- I can eat half a box in one sitting


Bon appetit!!


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