For a long time now the general public has been aware of the fact that the transformation of pop music has gone from ugly to uglier. At least the 70s and 80s produced music stars who were actually born with vocal talent. Motown, Michael Jackson, Madonna, New Kids on the Block, Aerosmith, U2, are all entertainers who could actually hold a melody line without the help of computerization. Record labels were so desperate to keep pumping out pop stars that could sell looks that God given talent was no longer a factor. The 90s and the 21st century absolutely destroyed what it means to be a “singer”. Below is a clip from a film called Before the Music Dies, it will show you how our pop stars are made:
Whether or not the average music listener knows it, we are so used to hearing auto-tune plugins or vocoders on our pop stars (and even some rockers) voices that a lot of the times we don’t even know that it’s there. Sure everyone knows that T-pain uses auto-tune, and Kanye has taken that $200 audio plugin and made himself a “singer”. Britney Spears can perform a sold out arena tour and not even sing a note. Kanyeezee performed on American Idol last night. American Idol…a singing competition…now isn’t that just a LITTLE embarrassing??? Idol producers, you invited or allowed, a non-singer to SING on your show in front of 20 million viewers across the country. Did Simon get to judge his performance afterwards?! I want to watch that part of the show! How the hell did we get to this point!? Is there no musical integrity left?!
Today I am ashamed of the music industry, maybe tomorrow I will feel better.