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Old 6 days ago
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Young people dredging through the past for inane, trite pop songs

I do, do, do not get it. "Oh What A Night" & "Don't Stop Believing" & "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" & countless other songs of their ilk, like THE hallmarks of tiresome, grimly tedious hackwork.

I don't want to read too much into this... but I keep hearing in my line of work kids who weren't born until well into the early years of the present century belting these out with conviction, instead of say "Take The Long Way Home" & "Love's In Need Of Love Today."

Any theories?
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I was raised on radio and I like my trite pop songs. So sue me.
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Its the musical version of what is more obvious in film/tv production. Its the era of Star Wars, episode 753.

The easiest, most consistent path in a world of reductionist pleasure-seeking and immediate gratification is to wallow in nostalgic familiarity.

In other words, a decline in creative content due to a drive to create immediate, and contrived attention, visibility, profit at all costs, regardless of substance or purpose creates stagnation.

Other than that, its awesome.
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I do, do, do not get it. "Oh What A Night" & "Don't Stop Believing" & "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" & countless other songs of their ilk, like THE hallmarks of tiresome, grimly tedious hackwork.

I don't want to read too much into this... but I keep hearing in my line of work kids who weren't born until well into the early years of the present century belting these out with conviction, instead of say "Take The Long Way Home" & "Love's In Need Of Love Today."

Any theories?
I have no theory, but I can say I like all 5 songs you’ve mentioned
I wish bars would have a break on the first one though and play Beggin or Grease instead...
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I do, do, do not get it. "Oh What A Night" & "Don't Stop Believing" & "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" & countless other songs of their ilk, like THE hallmarks of tiresome, grimly tedious hackwork.

I don't want to read too much into this... but I keep hearing in my line of work kids who weren't born until well into the early years of the present century belting these out with conviction, instead of say "Take The Long Way Home" & "Love's In Need Of Love Today."

Any theories?
I have to say I don't know any of those songs by their titles although I suspect there's a good chance I might recognize some of the older ones. (I'm betting "Oh, What a Night" would be instantly familiar, but I can't pull it to mind from its title. And I'm NOT going looking for it. )

But I stopped listening to commercial radio in 1987 or so because it was just too bloody insultingly stupid to listen to.

Have not regretted it.

But I will say it was a bit of a long decade waiting for the Internet to kick in as a source of new music. I did rely on a few public stations during that period; happily, for much of that time, we had a good, semi-adventurous, eclectic public station in LA and some dicey-but-interesting student-run stations. It went (really) downhill in the late 90s and into this decade, but by then, Mp3.com had introduced thousands of previously unheard artists and the Internet had started taking off as a discovery venue.
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We need a GS subforum for those in their 50s.
Because (not my quote)
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I broke down and looked it up: December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night - Wikipedia)

To be honest, while I know that Frank Valli had a long career, I had no real idea the Four Seasons were active in 1975 -- and especially that they had a hit!

FWIW, I did always have twin soft spots for the stridently obnoxious "Walk Like a Man," (it's irritating as hell, but catchy as hell, too) and "Big Girls Don't Cry," from the early 60s, another in-your-face-but-catchy hook vehicle. So, I guess we all have our weak spots...
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I broke down and looked it up....
Very good, one down and four to go!

I wonder if I should have begun the thread with saying, "Good morn or evening, friends, here's your friendly announcer. I have serious news to pass on to everybody..."?
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Very good, one down and four to go!

I wonder if I should have begun the thread with saying, "Good morn or evening, friends, here's your friendly announcer. I have serious news to pass on to everybody..."?
I looked it up. I didn't actually listen... it took me long enough to make some sort of uneasy peace with the 70s. Why poke old wounds?
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I broke down and looked it up: December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night - Wikipedia)

To be honest, while I know that Frank Valli had a long career, I had no real idea the Four Seasons were active in 1975 -- and especially that they had a hit!
Interestingly that tune was actually sung by their drummer at the time, Gerry Polci.
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Interestingly that tune was actually sung by their drummer at the time, Gerry Polci.
Ah! I was searching memory for a Frankie Valli-voiced hit from the 70s but couldn't pull one up. (That doesn't mean there weren't any, by any means; I had a quick finger on the station buttons on my old car radio!)

Of course, I'm pretty sure that if I were to play the record, it would be instantly familiar, as so many of these 'background-noise' pop culture things are. Probably somewhat true of the other tracks mentioned.

I have to say I was somehow heartened by Valli's long career. I have a soft spot for falsetto singers in general -- though it goes to love/hate pretty easy, of course, because falsetto can be hard to pull off as a lead singing style through a whole song unless you're one of those honey-dipped soul falsetto singers. Frankie wasn't. My own falsetto -- honed early on "Big Girls" -- was a lot more in the strident, Frankie vein, as well. I think what endeared him to me was that wailing, high voice singing the "Walk Like a Man" lyrics. Money.
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What I wish as that, as long as they are going to dredge up the past, is that they would dig a little deeper and find the slightly more obscure stuff. You know, maybe something like "Only Women Bleed" by Alice Cooper (although Etta James did a nice version) or "My Love Is Alive" by Gary Wright.
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