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A Mass of Nothing

There are a billion reasons I tend to stay away from radio airplay. However, driving across France, in a very tiny rental car, I had the privilege to listen to an incredible array of random stations. I mention the vast number of stations here because I was absolutely astounded at the amount of times I heard a given song on each and every station. I have never understood as to why radio remains a stage for mediocracy and dead music. Do you think this will ever change?

The following is a playlist of every song, not used loosely, you will need to know French airplay at the moment. I am sure these will change very soon due to the flash-in-the-pan success that is most often attributed to this mindless crap but I thought it would be a fun post. I have included anecdotes for each song for my own pleasure.

Owl City – Fireflies
– Right down to the vocal intonations, this is such a blatant rip-off of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello’s Postal Service. I was very intrigued by the song and wondered if this Owl City fellow was ashamed of his blunder but, with a little research, he claims he rarely heard the P.S. masterpiece through his high school years. If that is the case, he just attempted to release the never-coming Postal Service second album and failed oh-so miserably. For the best tweet ever on the issue, check out Chris Walla’s here.

Kesha – Tik Tok
– Quite simply, I do not understand how anyone could like this. Sure, it is a little fun jingle but only if I was being coerced into buying the toothpaste to hide that “Jack” taste. This really reminds me of a Colgate commercial with a bunch of teenagers running on a beach. What a joke! Her parents should be embarrassed as well!

David Guetta ft Akon – Sexy Bitch
– One of the most shameful things to hit music lately is the vocal track auto-tune fiasco and how it continues to pass without embarrassment in our society. It just sounds so ugly. Here it sounds as if David Guetta wanted to add a little less talent to his stupid mixed song.


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