I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t watch the Grammies last night. I did spend about 45 seconds reading MSN.com’s recap of the night and aside from Mariah Carey’s and the Gorrilaz’ performance, I didn’t see anything I really wished I had seen. The show seemed to be yet another celebration of the same names we’ve seen in the music business for years. Ah…. you say….. that’s because they’re so talented and they deserve the recognition. Really? REALLY!?
I’ll go ahead and say it. U2 is highly overrated. There, I know you feel better on some level. Sure, they were groundbreaking with Sunday Bloody Sunday and Joshua Tree. But Sunday has healed and the tree is looking like it needs some watering. They performed that inane iPod commercial background “Vertigo”. I’ll quote you a vaunted U2 lyric: “yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah”. Admit it, U2 continues to sell records because of Bono’s humanitarian work and the cool factor that society gives U2. I will remind you that society also thinks that Paris Hilton, the Olsen twins and Britney Spears are just as cool.
And Coldplay? I mean, yes, we all bought X&Y, but it was a nice record and its shelf life is over. Will anyone be listening to that 10 years from now?
I suppose to one extent it’s not completely the Grammies’ fault. Besides the big corporate rock stars what’s left? The weepy guitar based emo boys like Death Cab and Bright Eyes?
The last album I listed to over and over and over (besides X&Y… and lets’ face it, I was only listening to “Fix You”) was the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou. I can sing every song on that album. Where is that CD? The next great CD that sits in the car for weeks going round over and over?
Uh… so who are YOU listening to?