Uh, glad you liked it, but to each his own. Thank God for diverse musical options!
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Its well-made music, and well-performed too.
Just like Hank Williams, or Queen, or Duke Ellington.
The TYPE of music is very subjective of course, but usually, in every fashion of music, there's well-done music, and there are wannabe-pros.
I don't think the Peas are the future of anything, but they are of their times, which is now.
Same was said of the Beach Boys in their days, and Olivia Newton John in her ''Let's get physical'' days.
If I was to take a wild guess as ''the future'', it would sound more like urbania-meets-life's challenges - or U2 in simpler terms. But it could all change in 6 months...
Well, I am getting long in the tooth but I just do not get the hype behind this band. I know they are respected but I just could not take that commerical where that will i am guy is contrasted with Dylan about the future of music.
I also still almost weep when Michael Jackson and one of my idols Sir Paul is in that black and white video. I cannot get to the remote fast enough.
As for the future of music in a mainstream kind of way, my money is still on his purpleness, Prince still slays black eyed peas in my book.
But I am old so I will go back to my Beatle records now.
They are entertaining live.
I have one CD of theirs. I'm a Dick dale fan and I liked their take on "Miserlou". The low end on their discs will shake the rafters for sure based on what I have heard. There is something to be said for that from an audiophile perspective. Also I do like Fergie in general.
Let's hope the future of modern music has a bit more to offer though.
Super Bowl halftime show next year anyone? Fergie can have all teh wardrobe malfunctions she'd like from my perspective.
I was having this discussion with my 15 year old daughter and we were trying to figure out which bands of the past decade would be hall-of-fame caliber. The BEP/Fergie have a very interesting intermixed style which is awesome on a few of their songs. I can appreciate the hits, which are great, but can't listen to the majority of an album like I can with many other bands that don't seem to have the hit power of the BEP.
As far as the 10 and 11 year old following, I wonder if the parents are really listening to the lyrics of these songs which are filled with foul language and very mature subject matter.
My guess is that they will not have the staying power and don't represent the future of modern music.
Finally, anybody that doesn't think Fergie is H-O-T should seek a professional consultation.
I highly recommend the Sydney concert of BEP's from the DVD Vegas to Sydney. Keith Harris on drums (serious talent) is awesome and it is a great recording.
This is a solo by fergie..those unable to recognize incredible talent can go on dissing them but they are awesome.
Here is a tribute to funk
If you don't get it then it is your loss...
"Fergie apparently was a meth addict for a while and has had a total facial reconstruction to fix the damage from those years."
They did a nice job.
She looks to be in fit dancer shape as well these days! Congrats to her for turning things around apparently!
You are not THAT Mickey who has worked for Disney all these years are you?
Your assessment reminds me of my assessment of The Disney Channel, which is my 8 year old daughters favorite fare!
As a sidenote, she does happen to have a very keen ear for music for an 8 year old I must say!
Audiogon does not appear to be the best site for 'newer music' to be discussed, a large proportion of contributors here (my opinion only) seem to be stuck in the 70's. So very sad, as there is a huge wealth of incredible new music to heard if one is prepared to expand ones mind out of the back yard and into the horizon.
Said he who is listening to Ry Cooder-'The UFO has Landed',
at the moment, but is itching to play the Bat For Lashes cd 'Two Suns'.
BEP have their place. Not all music has to be enlightening or cathartic - and BEP is certainly entertaining at times. I have listened to a bunch of their older stuff (pre-Fergie and with) and some of it is outright great. Watching their evolution has been interesting. The BEP can be great in concert. Fergie has a great voice and it's a real treat when she uses it as in Shadorne's clip, and she can be a commanding presence on stage. And as a group, they really seem to enjoy making concerts special experiences for concert-goers.
Has anyone here who dismisses BEP decided 'against their better judgment' that someone else, also similarly dismissed, was actually worth listening to from time to time? For me it was Eminem, but after spending some time listening, I'm in the 'I'll listen' camp rather than the 'I'll dismiss' camp. Serious people over the past many decades have similarly dismissed jazz, Elvis, the Beatles, all manner of hip hop, punk, funk, you name it.
It is great to have an open mind... I've discovered so much interesting stuff that way that 'serious' people have tried to warn me off... Plus, it is so much better doing the Oprah block party dance in my living room to BEP than to Glen Gould... And geez... who in their right mind would not have wanted to be a part of that? That would have been so much fun, and the first time I saw it I got the shivers.
"Has anyone here who dismisses BEP decided 'against their better judgment' that someone else, also similarly dismissed, was actually worth listening to from time to time?"
Three Non Blondes
Little River Band
Three Dog Night
Rap has rhythm but ignores melody and harmony. That would be alright if it was done in an interesting or sophisticated way, but to me it just comes off as an ignorant attempt at poetry done by someone with a low IQ. I would venture to guess the same about the audience, with notable exceptions of course.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
BEP ( add Beyonce, Britney Spears, Kanye West (easily the worst out there)), falls strongly in the same category, with a little more diverse "musical" content, but still...
As to their live performances, I think all these costumes, dancing, visual effects, etc. just a cover up for the lack of quality and substance.
Imagine them doing the same, standing still and wearing casual clothes- that would be about 20% left, if that. IMHO.
Tupac's just an example, no sell out there and his melody and harmony underly the profanity and violence, it a shocking contrast. A black sex pistols maybe? A lot of rap or hip-hop which BEP purports to be ends up selling out. Most 'rap' I cant stand, but there are a lot of great artists in the genre that arent addressing your 14 year old (or in this genre a future gang banger), some of the more 'accessible' being RATM, the Beasties, Cyprus Hill, even emminem.
If you want to hear something interesting, try Super Furry Animals, Mogwai, Fruit Bats, Cat Power, MGMT, Mogwai, Dwight Yoakam (especially his earlu stuff), Mostly Other People do the Killing. How many genres is that?
But what do I know, I happen to think Norah Jones -The Fall may be the best album of 2009. ;-)
Bottom line for me is that pop music has lyrics, and lyrics are about something.
That's where BEP is a complete and epic FAIL.
Good music, sure, and phenomenal production...all delivering lyrics which actively, calculatedly celebrate the worst in us without a even the slightest whiff of irony. It's music which is blind and stupid at best - and purposefully evil at worst.
My Humps. Enough said.