411 Music Fact or Fiction 07.18.14: Take Selfies With The Deceased
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.18.2014
Is Beck's Song Reader a must-listen album? Is Weird Al's "Tacky" a fun parody of "Happy?" Are we interested in a new album from Blink 182? 411's Stewart Lange and Sean Comer debate these topics and more!
Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Josehph Lee.
This week we have Sean Comer against Stewart Lange.
Stewart Lange: FACT. Yeah, why not? I'm not a huge Blink fan but it's hardly a bad bit of news that they're recording more music. I'll reserve judgement on it until I've heard it and I won't jump up and down with anticipation as I don't think they've got a game-changer left in them but it's good to see them back.
Sean Comer: FICTION. Don't get me wrong. The band has endured its share of strife through the years. Travis Barker was nearly killed, they went through a tense period of burnout, and their musical evolution just isn't as amusing to chart as, say, Green Day's between the uninspired, unremarkable Warning and the seminal, ambitious American Idiot. They settled into a nice, popular little comfort zone of adolescent humor and forced attempts at Hot Topic-crowd "depth" but haven't really had anything interesting or fresh to offer since….Um, since…. Uh….
Stewart Lange: FICTION. Godsmack are still a thing? Excited is far too strong a word for this question. Curious? Maybe. Excited? Definitely not. I do like the name, though.
Sean Comer: FICTION. I have nothing against Godsmack. I don't particular care for them, since they're just not my cuppa as modern rock goes. Some bands burrow their way into my hearts because there is never a trace of doubt what I can expect from them and they always deliver without fail. Likewise, Godsmack are damned consistent, but I've just never been all pee-pants to buy what they're selling.
Stewart Lange: FACT. Nicki Minaj? Joseph, I thought we covered this last time I was here. Nicki Minge (sic) is deplorable.
Sean Comer: FACT. So, yeah, the tumor that grew from Nicki Minaj's shouldn't-be-physically-possible ass and learned to sing recorded a new single. I can't really say one way or another whether it "wasn't any good" because I have yet to ascertain what "good" Nicki Minaj sounds like.
Sean Comer: FACT. I haven't had a moment to check it out yet, but it's Beck. Love him or hate him, he never really takes an album "off" or records something just to pad his sales numbers. He records only when truly inspired, and since I'm a believer that anything worth doing is worth doing well or not at all, I'm genuinely intrigued on general principle.
Stewart Lange: FICTION. The fact I haven't listened yet suggests it's not, but hey ho. I'm not convinced Beck has done anything you could consider as "must listen" for over a decade.
Sean Comer: FACT. God, yes. It's the song that finally found me as the last human being in a developed country on Earth who'd never heard "Happy". This goes back to the theme that underscores my first two answers: consistency, for better or for…. You know what? F*** the last word in that duality. It's Weird Al, seemingly one of the last creative people on Earth who understands what "parody" is. You can't listen to a well-done Weird Al parody and remain in a bad mood, let alone a parody of one of the past 12 months' most inescapably catchy, uplifting tunes. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Stewart Lange: FICTION. Let me throw it out there that Weird Al is not a UK thing at all. I genuinely don't know anyone who finds him remotely amusing, except a Dutch guy I used to work with. Not sure what there is in that. Anyway, Happy annoys me as it is, but Tacky sounds like it'll push all my buttons the wrong way.
Sean Comer: FACT. I remember jokes about Jackson-family dysfunction dating back to Johnny Carson's late-night monologues when I was in elementary school. I'm 31. The Osbournes being a collectively bug-f*** ‘nanners collection of like genetic material was a bit of a revelation at the time, just because nobody was really household-name acquainted with Ozzy and Sharon's two hobbit children. The Jacksons, on the other hand? What's really left to say? Shining a spotlight on how collectively delusional, manipulative and several-fries-shy-of-a-Happy-Meal that lot has always been is like pointing out that dead horses everywhere fear the 411mania Wrestling Zone. The response is just a collective, "OK……and?"
Stewart Lange: FACT. Indeed I do not, sir. I always find I'm overly negative in the music zone here on 411, but since I no longer write for the site it's not something I'll worry too much about. Reality TV is not for me. The Jackson family are fair enough when they're involved in whatever they're doing, but I can't say I'm bothered for them doing anything more forced like this, assuming it'd be semi-scripted crap like the rest of these shows seem to be.
Score: 3 for 6
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