I know it’s just a turn of phrase, but I think the whole conceptual framework of “guilty pleasures” speaks to some weird underlying puritanical elements in American life. Despite the whole “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” thing in the Declaration of Independence, our public culture is very resistant to the idea that people should try to spend more time doing things they enjoy or that producing enjoyment for others is a good thing to do in life.I'm listening to the bonus disc to Beyonce's newest album right now while I'm writing this so I'll exclude myself from the "guilty pleasures" framework. In addition to Beyonce, I've been getting into a lot of Top 40, dance, house, J-Pop shit lately. If you haven't listened/watch this bonkers video you should -
Here is a crazy story demonstrating how Alan Lomax gets paid for Jay-Z's song "Takeover". It's some fascinating, disturbing stuff. I find it so hard to wrap my brain around the idea of music and copyright, or at least the way the two are tied together at present. On the same page, Dr. Luke gets sued often for stealing songs. Yeah, there are a lot of similarities between "Tik Tok" and "My Slushy" and all of the other songs mentioned, but this is one of the few instances where I find myself siding with the rich and successful guy -
A lot of things are similar. But you don’t get sued for being similar. It needs to be the same thing. Almost doesn’t count. Close but no cigar. People are suing for close. There are standard chord progressions that everyone uses. There are plenty of songs that are really similar and they never sued each other.(I had to cut out the bullshit about being in an overly litigious society)
I really could care less if George Harrison ripped off The Chiffons with "My Sweet Lord". I wanna hear "My Sweet Lord" instead of "He's So Fine". The Rubinoos "I Want To Be Your Boyfriend" is a good song, but it's not gonna help me hook up with a 16 year old like Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend".
Alright, well, lest I leave you with just my opinions on my awful, guilty-pleasure music, you can download a new mix by Korallreven here. It is very pleasant!