Monday, November 14, 2011

Sex and Pop Music

Pop music has never been known for its subtlety – part of what makes the biggest songs big is their shock value, a tradition Madonna, Elvis, and Eminem all kept going honorably. One thing we can expect to see over time, then, is pop music slowly becoming less and less overt and more and more openly sex-crazed as time goes by.

One does have to question, though, how the pop music of tomorrow is going to be less subtle than the pop music of today, "Sexy and I Know It", or the pop music of five minutes ago, Enrique Iglesias' "Tonight (I'm F***king You)". While the LMFAO track, "Sexy and I Know It", has a goofy charm to it, Enrique's proclamation (he's f***ing you) has almost a creepy sort of vibe to it. While LMFAO focus more on their own sexiness, "Tonight (I'm F***ing You)" is just a blunt, open statement. It's happening tonight. You know it, I know it, and Enrique Iglesias knows it. Where do we go from here?

If there's any lesson to be learned from this sort of thing, it's that pop never really changes. It's all sex. Wild, crazy, heedless sex, from Elvis shaking his hips all the way down to you being Enrique Iglesias' next conquest. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. The only worry is that it will get so unsubtle that pop starts give up on songs and just start filming themselves in bed.

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