Day 2 — Your Least Favorite Song
Beyond anything by Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, or any of that ilk, my least favorite song is No One Else - Weezer. NB: The joke pronouncing Ke$ha as Ke-‘dollar sign’-ha was terrible the first time. Whoever repeats this abomination deserves crickets—every time.
First, the rhythm is likable. Typically I would not hate a song w/ an otherwise non-distinct guitar/bass/drum riff. In fact, I liked this song for quite a time. However, there are two reasons that I hate this song, one leads directly from the other.
The secondary reason is that it ruins an otherwise near perfect record. Say it Ain’t So, Surf Wax America, In the Garage, I album is near-perfect (if somewhat drab). I can’t forgive the song for appearing right after another reason to love the album, My Name is Jonas. However, bad songs have appeared amidst masterpieces before, this is not enough reason to hate the song so viscerally.
Mainly, the song’s chauvinism and ignorance is baffles me. The writer apparently wants a girl who ‘only laughs for him’ and doesn’t wear make-up when he’s gone. The fact that NOW doesn’t protest routinely at Weezer concerts is shocking to me. Maybe the song is meant to be taken in jest? If it is, I am completely wrong about the song, but there appears to be a certain earnestness about it.
Anyone who wants a girl/boy who needs that kind of attention deserves it. I can’t imagine a more hellish relationship. If you cannot trust your girl/boyfriend to go out alone or casually entertain conversation with strangers or friends, I don’t think the relationship is going anywhere of significance. If it does, I trust the members of it are truly insignificant persons. Ones I would have no desire of befriending.
HATE, however, is a strong word. First, I recognize that music is an art, and there is such a thing as taste, but hate seems to go beyond rational taste. Weezer attempted to impart some kind of truth with the tune, and I didn’t like it, but I think its much to strong to say that I ‘hate’ it. In fact, the only music I really hate is that which is completely inauthentic. The Black Eyed Peas are frequently guilty of this, as is Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga is probably more inauthentic, as she parades around as if her music is somehow artistic, whereas the BEP own their sell-out-edness. She appears to have no grasp of fashion, whatsoever. Fashion is not about choosing the most shocking thing to wear to the Oscars, it just appears desperate. Her music is not terrible pop, but it is pop. There is little question of that. The has a writing team to write her music, the fact that she is a part of the team is hardly notable. Even Taylor Swift writes a good proportion of her own tunes solo.
Regardless, hate in music usually is merely jealousy. I wish I could write both ‘shit pop’ songs or ‘chauvinist garage rock’. Unfortunately, I have no talent at writing, as evidenced above. SIC VITA EST.