If your a regular TCM reader, you will know that I have expressed apprehension with the up in coming generation. Whether it be the fact that their lives are run by cell phones and Facebook or that they are showing no respect to the loose jeans revolution veterans and rocking tight ciruclationless jeans, oh and don’t get me started on the stupid haircuts. Now I’ve found something much worse and apparently her name is Ke$ha (and yes the $ is suppose to be there).
When a generation of teenagers comes into adulthood they begin to grow resentful of the younger generations claiming they can’t understand their new interests, the fashion trends, the music etc. This is all true and obviously I am no different. When it comes to music though, sometimes I can see why a certain band will become popular or revered by the youth even if I deem them as God awful. Well this is where that line is drawn.
I’m a frequenter of the Billboard website to keep myself up to date with what is happening in the 21st century musical landscape. Well for the last 3 or 4 weeks, I kept seeing articles about Ke$ha. Claiming that her debut single, TiK ToK, spent its ninth consecutive week (and counting) at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100-the longest stretch for a debut single by a female since 1977. I was intrigued, so I decided to YouTube her music video.
If I had money, I would have dramatically thrown my computer monitor through my bedroom window. I’m not going to even touch on the merits of the actual musical composition (an auto-tune fuck fest that sounds like a 4th rate Fergie) but the message the song puts out. This entire song is about living the good life, which is a theme not uncommon to rock and roll or pop music which at one point would have been done subtlety in the lyrics with innuendo. But alas, those days have been long gone for a couple of decades but this brings us to an all new low. The entire message of “Tik Tok” is to go out to the club and get wasted with no money (possibly get into a fist fight) then go home with some guys and hopefully get the train run on you, wake up in a bathtub and drink Captain Jack while you brush your teeth. If the song was listened to by exclusively 17 year olds or college girls going to the clubs to get their dance on, I’d have no problem with it. However, the fact of the matter is that this song is going to be played and loved by many many 12 year old girls. If you don’t think that is fucked up than there is something wrong with you.
The strangest line of the song to me is undoubtedly, “Everybody getting crunk, crunk/ boys try to touch my junk, junk/ smack them if they get too drunk, drunk“. So…everybody’s drinking and guys keep trying to grab her ass (which she seemingly doesn’t mind), yet she gets upset when the guys get too drunk? I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that she mentions that she thinks Mick Jagger is hot (“we kick them to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger“) 0r the fact that in an interview she claims to be obsessed with Bob Dylan’s music.
Her second single, “Blah Blah, Blah” featuring 3Oh!3 follows more in the same. This time the verses really don’t matter as the chorus is repeated to the point of ad nauseam. Here we have Ke$ha telling us that all these guys need to stop talking because she doesn’t care what they have to say she just wants to fuck. “Meet me in the back with the jack and the jukebox/So cut to the chase kid/’Cause I know you don’t care what my middle name is/I wanna be naked/And your wasted“. Don’t get me started on 3Oh!3 either. I don’t know who the fuck they are or what they are trying to be…but they sound like pathetic white boy rappers who grew up listening to 98 degrees, LFO and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
I can tolerate shitty music, hell I lived through the late 90’s. This is just too much for me. With a generation that’s already oversexed and over drunk at startlingly young ages this has just lowered the bar below sea level. Sadly, I’m sure things are only going to get much worse.