Monthly Archives: February 2007

Generation X

We are the lost generation…Generation X. The underachieving, uninspired children of MTV, PlayStation, I-Pods, The Internet, Reality Television, HDTV, X-BOX, Cell Phones, Ikea. Information is right at our hands and what do we do with it? Our parents protested, they fought for things: civil rights, peace, equality for all man kind. What are we as a generation trying to accomplish? Tupac once said “They say there ain’t no hope for the youth, and the truth is there ain’t no hope for the future.” The voice of our generation, prophesying.

We are a generation that may be the most educated and yet the stupidest. In thirty years when the next generation stakes it’s claim what will we have to show for our time? This is our moment and we are ruining it with complacency. We sit idly by as the world is changing at a tremendous pace. We can’t look up to our leaders, because they suit their own interests, whether those interests be oil or sex. So who do we seek for guidance, for inspiration, for truth? We seek out the word of celebrity as if it were gospel. We listen to the latest “truth” from Oprah or Martha Stewart. We listen as Supreme Court justices are named as if it matters. Rights are taken away everyday for the sake of a political party. Nothing is done for the good of the people anymore. Especially us. We don’t vote as a generation, because what does our vote mean? We’ve been conditioned to believe that we have no say. We have a government who is no better than communist. They want to control what we can hear and see. The FCC is on a crusade to Christianize America.

The media is a huge conglomerate organization that is ruled by ratings. When was the last time the news came on and said homelessness is at an all time high and no one does a God damn thing about it? When did they say, the United States kills more people per capita than any other country in the world? NEVER. They don’t want us to know. There are 500 news channels saying the same thing. Flip it sometime it’s like they are all reading from the same script. Gone are the Edward R. Murrow’s, Walter Cronkite’s, Tom Brokaw’s, Peter Jennings’, Dan Rather’s? Only to be replaced by Rush Limbaugh, Katie Couric and Bill O’Reilly.

Our generation is the most complacent generation of almost any other in history. Give me your tired, your hungry, your huddled masses. Give me your 25 year-old, unemployed, pot-head still living with mommy and daddy. There are people who have degrees that are still making shit money, NOT because they don’t want to make great money, but because the same job can be done by an Indian man for 1/4 the money.

So what’s my point?

Chuck Palahniuk said in his novel FIGHT CLUB “God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

GET ANGRY AND DO SOMETHING! Fuck, this is our time! We are GENERATION FUCKING X. We are the unknown, the volatile, the resourceful generation that everyone underestimates. We are the undervalued pee-on that society has labeled return to sender. We are voice of the next 30 years, let it be heard. Be productive.

What’s Wrong with Radio

Watching some of the Grammy’s last night and this morning (thanks to you tube) I realized what we were watching was contrasting eras. On the one hand we have the bygone era of music. When we see Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Police on stage we’re reminded of what music used to be. When it was about the music, when the acts had actual talent to back up their mass appeal.

When we see acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carrie Underwood and My Grammy moment it reminds us that mainstream music is less about talent are more about marketability. Do you actually believe that in 25 years they’ll bring the RHCP back onstage for a reunion show or will they play forever like some bad reincarnation of the Rolling Stones who themselves should have stopped after Some Girls (this is called a run on sentence children)? Who really believed that Justin Timberlake was playing the piano last night?

Real talent is no longer rewarded because it flies so far underground. Good music is referred to as INDIE. Call a radio station sometime and request a song that isn’t “mainstream”. Good luck getting that song played. Red Hot Chili Peppers are marketable. They’re a proven commodity that can bring in advertiser’s dollars. While internet and satellite radio continue to steal people away from “terrestrial” radio, “terrestrial” radio is doing nothing to ebb the flow quickly. They’re making strides with shows like San Francisco station Live 105’s Sunday evening show Soundcheck, but it may not be enough. I recently watched a trailer for a documentary called, “Before the Music Dies” referred to me by former Live 105 jock Tom Anger. I bought it on & anyone who wants to watch it I will be more than willing to share it once I’ve studied a little more or buy it yourself cheap asses.

Is it a surprise that they bring out old stars or new stars playing old music? Justin Timberlake and some American Idol reject singing a Bill Withers song. Justin Timberlake actually has some talent, but that girl is infringing on the opportunity of so many others who struggle to make it. In a sense what they’re saying is the only way you’ll make it is through some gimmick.

The radio industry sells it’s soul a little more each day they play RHCP and not Interpol or Evanescence instead of Streets of Nowhere or Weezer and not Gym Class Heroes. What’s the likelihood that Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix or Chuck berry would’ve been discovered today? I’ll make it even simpler, what’s the likelihood that Bad Religion, The Clash or even the Police would be on the air in today’s radio climate? Slim and none. Radio isn’t about music anymore it’s about money. Once everyone realizes that, then and only then will there be changes.