Maroon 5 is a pop rock band led by Adam Levine that does some really STUPID music.
Here’s a video dissecting one of their early albums:
Here’s one of their biggest hits, probably because it featured Christina Aguilera, who I think should have refused to do this garbage. It’s plainly insulting to the Rolling Stones’ lead singer, who is a far greater rock star than Adam Levine will ever be.
And last year, Maroon 5 got even worse, as I noticed when I started hearing one of their recent songs at my workplace.
Here’s the song, Memories, in a video clearly showing the lame lyrics:
Now listen to THIS:
MAROON 5 RIPPED OFF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL WORKS TO MAKE THEIR MODERN DAY CRAP!!!
Which is perfectly legal to do since Canon in D is in the public domain (Johann Pachelbel died in 1706), but it is a clearly unethical thing to do! Now millions of people will associate Pachelbel with Maroon 5. Just as they did Mick Jagger with Adam Levine.
Before I talk about the actual subject matter of this blog entry, let me pay tribute to Luke, a music critic who hosts the Rocked channel on YouTube.
Here’s an example of one of his best works, a track by track analysis of a particularly popular but also bad album.
Just for a bit of fun, I will post this list:
And this song by the group Celtic Thunder to drive home the point of the importance of that list:
Happy reading and listening!
With the middle class in the USA almost completely broken down due to repeated tax cuts for the rich combined with the refusal to raise the minimum wage by conservatives, it is interesting that a recent song perfectly captures the ironic despair of their victims. The catchy nature of this song makes it even more effective.
In the past, I have been harshly critical of popular music trends and their being so centered on teens and their shallow interests.
Not to mention the fact that so many young performers have no real talent and are just manufactured and marketed by record producers and labels to make money.
But then I found an incredible exception! Remember these people?
Their daughter, Sarah Copus, is now 13 and has put out a solo album. In addition to singing so beautifully that her voice nearly rips my heart out (Listen to her on a 2002 song here on a YouTube video I made), she can play various instruments, though she seems to prefer the harp the most.
In the 1990s, Mariah Carey was one of the greatest singers in the world, but recently it is clear that she has somehow lost nearly all her talent and can no longer sing her way though even the most basic of performances.
This video accuses her (and others) of lip syncing:
And at the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City, that accusation was CONFIRMED in a truly embarrassing fashion.
Why do people bother to do this? In 1990, this was a SCANDAL for the duo Milli Vanilli, who won a Grammy for Best New Artist and was then stripped of it once they were exposed.
And here are more examples:
Enough! If you want to see some REAL vocal talent, just look here:
It takes truly raw talent to perform with NO backing music instruments and only your voices. Even Mariah herself has never been known to attempt that. But that is exactly what Pentatonix does every time they perform live.
Goodbye, Mariah, I am a fan of yours no more! Come back on stage when you can sing for real again!
A cappella is a kind of musical performance in which no instruments are used other than human voices and other body parts. There are quite a few excellent a capella groups, but one of the most astounding, to me at least, has been one that originated right near where I live: Pentatonix! Specifically, they hail from Arlington, Texas.
This was the first video of theirs I saw:
Being a typical guy, I paid more attention at first to the beautiful girl than the others. But that would not last long, because then I saw THIS:
WOW! And then I saw this, which proved they could do just about anything:
And here is a collection of facts about them:
Here is their Facebook page:
I think I will be paying much more attention to these people over the next few years.