Saturday, August 29, 2009

Topic 5: The JoBro/Hannah Montana Obsession

Disney has so wonderfully graced the music world with 2 "artists" that now seem to dominate the charts and the media: Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. Hannah Montana, who sometimes goes by her true name of Miley Cyrus, is the daughter of Billy Ray "Achy Breaky Heart" Cyrus. Both of her albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She also graces television as Hannah Montana as the character of the same name.
The Jonas Brothers released their first album in 2005, but really didn't become huge until they starred in Disney Channel's Camp Rock movie the summer of 2008. That same year they were nominated for the best new artist by the 51st Annual Grammy Awards and won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the American Music Awards. They have released 4 albums through their young career, with their last two, A Little Bit Longer and Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, debuting at #1.
Okay...I will try to avoid profanity in describing my loathing of these two. Everyday you can't get away from it, Cyrus and the Jo Bro's are everywhere! I just can't stand it. It's music without a groove. The groove's been gone from music for the last 13 years and nobody notices it anymore because we've been shrounded by a billion cookie-cutter bands that keep shoving out the same old stuff. At least throughout the 60's, 70's, and 80's most every band had its own distinct sound, its own groove. What I really don't like about these two is that it's all about hooking the audience when it's young. Shroud the good stuff from back of the day and shove a 3-D movie of the Jo Bro's singing "Lovebug" into a 10 year old's face and just keep going. Every song is just a straight, 3 minute single, no groove. Their used to be a sway to rock n' roll which has now been beaten down and brought to a straight "1,2.3,4" beat. At least when punk music did it in the late 70's, early 80's they were trying to make a few statements on society here and there. And also--just as a side note--I'm so glad that damn "Second Chance" song by Shinedown is off the radio. That thing ruined my summer.
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