I was listening to the radio yesterday, and the song Weightless by See Spot Run came on. I thought to myself, “Cool song.” Then it went a little further, and I realized it wasn’t the real song, it was this horrible version they put out. Honestly it’s not much different than the other one. All they did was add this annoying syntho-crap that cycles through the whole song. It doesn’t really add anything to the song, except the irritation factor!
Whenever I see a perfectly good song disfigured by that crap or something similar, I think, “What possessed someone to think that was a good idea?” We have a perfectly good song, why louse it up with crap that just doesn’t sound like it belongs? Honestly, musical taste is going straight down the drain. And there’s no talent required to add a few beeps and boops to a song. Once someone’s dumb enough to come up with the idea, I don’t think it takes too much effort to add the effect. I would hope that if you decide to change the song, at least make the change somewhat interesting or original!
And here’s another thing that drives me nuts about music. Everybody’s covering old stuff. I mean everybody. Country, rock, every fucking body! And then the DJ actually says, “Here’s a new one. It’s insert song here by insert band here.” The song is not new! Some band has regurgitated someone else’s stuff. It’s not so bad when a band takes a song and adds their own twist to it. But usually those ones have the decency to say what song they’re covering. AS for the rest of the covers out there, people who’ve never heard the original will think that band is so incredibly brilliant. It really pissed me off when I heard 3 covers in a row and the DJ acted like the songs were brand new. Come on bands, do you really need to mooch off some old song? Don’t you have an original thought left? I know there are some, but it seems like they’re a dying breed.
Maybe I shouldn’t criticize because I couldn’t write a song to save my life. But at least I know that, and the idea doesn’t strike me to go leach off someone else’s talent. I wish others would do the same.