Posts Tagged ‘Lady Gaga’

The last musician left, Beyonce or Swift?

November 2, 2014

This is a scary story for sure, but it’s no mystery.

Most of you have read a mystery novel where 10 or so strangers are invited to an isolated mansion, find they are trapped there and can’t escape, and one by one, are killed till only one is left. Gruesome for sure. But that’s fiction right???

Now transfer that basic scenario to all the musicians in the world! This is not fiction.

Months ago I noticed that more and more media coverage was devoted to fewer and fewer musicians. They were getting more media attention in the corporate media than all the others combined! The record companies – and there are only 3 now with Warners, Universal, and Sony, controlling 80% of the industry – were putting more and more of their promotion into fewer and fewer stars.

I began to chart who made that select list. Start with all the millions of musicians in the world – thousands of them are first rate. None but 8 made the list:

We now are down to 8
Here was the first list I made (judged by music media promotion in 2014).

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, One Direction.

Note they all sound very much a like with what some would call and overproduced dance pop sound. The rest of the musicians in the world, had a day or two of reviews or an interview here or there, or made the papers when they had a hit, or did something outrageous, and then were quickly marginalized like the millions of other musicians in the world.

Soon Justin fell off for being too old and having a weak record release. Miley was dropped for acting too weird. One Direction had a big but limited fan base that was… one dimensional…

And then I saw that we were down to 5:
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber.

Bieber got into legal troubles by acting out some bad behavior over a month or two, and Lady Gaga’s latest release didn’t do as well as anyone thought, plus she gained a pound or two and then lost it, so …

And then there were 3:
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce,

Taylor Swift was all over the map, her coverage could not stop. She had daily coverage on what she was wearing! Beyonce matched that with a big tour, plus elevator drama that instead of reducing her media coverage, multiplied it. Perry had another hit but … somebody had to go!

And then there were 2:
We now are down to Taylor Swift and Beyonce.

If the pattern holds, then one of these two has got to go. But which one?

The bizarre corporate music world wants to keep weeding out more and more variety and people in the world of music – they are down to two very popular, somewhat generic sounding, over produced in an auto tuned way – pop music – diva – talents.

Which one will go and which one will be left standing. The scenario is scary, just like a creepy, isolated mansion mystery!

Never in history have so few musicians got more press than all the rest. Never in history have the music business been mostly 3 companies (Universal, Warners, Sony). Never in history has the major media companies owned the music companies too, so they can make the music, promote the music, and then give themselves great reviews without ever leaving the house!

We need the vitality that a little music rebellion would bring. That’s what postmod music from Dallas is about. Not music to celebrate a handful of beautiful trendy pop stars. But music that is great music no matter who makes it – opened up to the entire world, not closed down to all but two … or one!!
Filed on #1 day of November.


Neil Young vs the Generics (Bieber, Swift, Beyonce, Perry, Gaga) an Objective Review

May 13, 2014

This article is based on Neil Young’s Performance of Crazy,in a Voice-O-Graph vinyl recording booth:  See the story/video here

When the media does a story on the Big 5, the five corporate musicians that get more press than all the rest in the world combined (Gaga, Perry, Beyonce, Swift, Bieber); I challenge the generic sound with this list. They do not do well with their generic music. Here I want to do it with Neil Young’s version of Crazy.

Same band sound
same electric instrument line up
same guitar sound
same bass sound
same synthesizer sound
same drum sound
same over produced sound
lyrics hard to hear
lyrics don’t mean much
weak or no real intro
weak or no real outro
same auto tuned vocals
same background vocals
song badly written and forgettable
song’s melody range limited to about 5 notes
no part of the playing is exceptional or stands out.
no part of the vocals is exceptional or stands out
no part of the song they’re singing is exceptional or stands out.
sounds fake, manufactured, and pretentious.

WIth no band sound at all, and no electric guitar, bas,s and drum; AND with clear vocals, and a good song, AND with a fine simple arrangement that supports the song not hides it under over production; Young has few of the generic music problems on the list. So no to everything on the list. Now compare with the latest from any of the Big 5! See what happens when you go beyond press release music coverage and become a objective reviewer?

8 New Inductees to the Big List

February 1, 2014


Glad to announce 8 new inductees to the BIG LIST.
It’s the first, best music of the entire net and world, music list (and best, at least until someone does a 2nd one). See url that follows.

BIG MUSIC LIST (200 Song – First Worldwide Best Music List)
Best Classic American Songbook, Duet: “The Lady is a Tramp” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (yt).

Best Cavern Sound from Liverpool. ” The Cavern Stomp”, / “Let True Love Begin” The Big Three.

Golden Classic from Country Royalty: “Wildwood Flowers”, The Carter Family (yt).

Best History of Music by Acappela Group, “Evolution of Music”, Pentattonix (yt).

Best Ukulele of the Wizard of Oz Classic, “Over the Rainbow” (Live at the Knitting Factory) , Shimabukuro (yt).

Best Undiscovered Single worth of Love and Peace, “Let Love Shine”/ “The Man on the Hill”, Jack Sera-Lima

Best 3 person, French Dance Video, “Dance With Me” – Nouvelle Vague (yt).

Most Heartfelt Remake, “Hurt”, Johnny Cash. (yt).

Best Lyric Fix: MacArthur Park: “MacArthur Park”, Tom Hendricks.

Music Down to these 5: Beyonce, Beiber, Lady Gaga, Perry, and Swift

October 24, 2013

Have you gotten the corporate memo from the Big 3 ( Universal Music Group, Sony,  and Warner Music Group are collectively known as the “Big Three” majors – they control 80% of the music business).

They will only allow 5 musicians to get most of the music coverage.

Music and the music business, has been reduced to 5 auto tuned sound alikes. These 5 get more media attention than all the other musicians in the world, combined. Corporate music has marginalize the rest into footnotes. Whatever musician you loved, their career is on hold or has been stopped.

It has been decreed by the suits that you will not have any real career in music unless you are *Beyonce, Beiber, Gaga, Perry, or Swift. (and maybe runnerups 1D, JT, and Miley). Rolling Stone  and Spin magazine,  talk shows that cover music, websites that feature music reviews – they have gotten the message.

Then too there is the guy from Dallas, Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar, leading the revolution against the suits and for the marginalized – but he’s been banned by everyone in the music business for being too fun. (He is me).

Hunkasuarus = One standard guitar, one voice, and one revolution.

Good thing too or people would start comparing the two types of music – generic karaoke clones, versus a world wide variety of fun and excitement again from thousands of independent musicians.

Want a change?  Then support the changers!


*Beyonce,  Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift.

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber (5 musicians left)

August 23, 2013

What’s important is the quality of the music – I like how all the voices are auto tuned to robot levels, and the musicians sound like karaoke – that’s what rock and roll has always been about. – Art S Revolutionary

Well it looks like we’re down to 5 musicians in the country: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber … and a few wannabees.
This is the best music in a world of billions right?

Maybe it’s time for the music revolution in the wings. WOW or Post-Bands music. It dumps the divas and the auto tuned crowd completely.  PS Where is the media? Why don’t they talk about the first real alternative music in decades?”

The praise grows as the music declines! Let me be the first musician in the world to say rock/pop/country/rap is over. There I said it. It’s become everything it started out rebelling against. Let it join barbershop quartets, and ragtime as last century music.  When every song sounds generic and over produced, I want a change:

Rock and roll started out being exciting and worth saving. Not now. What’s to save? divas, boy bands, auto tuned voices, alt groups that rebel against low ticket prices?
There is a new music that I advocate: WOW*, world open wide or Post-Bands Music – it upsets everybody in the fake music business.””


*WOW, world open wide or Post-Bands Music- its 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world. (And It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).