February 04, 2004

Please Stop. You're Embarrassing Me. Really.

See, it's stupidity like this that makes me want to download and distribute Metallica's entire oeuvre, just to spite the recording industry:

The Recording Academy plans to debut a public service announcement during the Grammys aimed at educating young consumers about the pitfalls of obtaining music from unauthorized sites like Morpheus, according to Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy.

"The cast of the spot is made up of young people who are into music, and in 30 seconds you can see the potential consequences (for) when there is a lack of music in the world," Portnow told Reuters in an interview.

What? So if little Bobby downloads a trash-pop single from teh innerweb, there will BE NO MUSIC IN THE WORLD EVER AGAIN!!!! OMGWTF?!?!?!

Gah. Yes, stealing is wrong. But I'm not really interested in hysterical PSAs from self-important porn-pushers masquerading as Protectors O Teh Artistes. Here's a Bette Davis sized eyeroll for you, dude.

Actually, that entire article is a giant hoot. Yes, put that all important video delay on the Grammys. THAT'LL help. Has it occurred to anyone that the wardrobe malfunction was merely a tame preview of the inevitable destination of the music industry? If you position your entire industry on attitude and shock value and not on content, eventually you're left with sun-tits at the Superbowl, aged hags tongue-kissing coeds, and declining sales. Hey, Music Industry? Your decline isn't all due to little Johnny and teh innerweb.

But cheer up! You haven't had live sex shows yet. And if that fails, there's always simulated cannibalism. That should be good for about a month's worth of shock value.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 4, 2004 08:41 AM

Ya wanna know what is scary....

Last night, my husband and I were having the same conversation. Hand to God, it's the truth. Don't know if I should be comforted that others are thinking the same thing or if I should be freaked that others are thinking the same thing.

Posted by: Di at February 4, 2004 11:09 AM

Is it that easy? If we download mp3s from unauthorized sites we can get rid of the crapola that pop music has become? Promise?

Right on with the remarks.

Posted by: Robin at February 4, 2004 11:11 AM