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Topic 5: Sound Recording Pop Music

by: Destiny Giebe

Topic 5: Sound Recording Pop Music MC 101-740

Destiny Giebe
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Sound Recording: Pop Music So  you  say  you  like  polka  music?    The  slick  grooves  of  the   accordion  just  get  your  heart  pumping.    Or  maybe  you're  into   jazz.    Or  reggae.    Or  the  Mormon  Tabernacle  Choir.    The  great   thing  about  America  is  that  we  can  listen  to  anything  we   like.    However,  polka  never  bought  anyone  their  own  Leer   jet.    The  recording  industry  has  made  their  billions  from   pop   music.    Now  pop  music  doesn't  just  mean  singers  from   "American  Idol"  -­‐  in  fact,  if  you  look  at  the  charts,  you’ll  find  all   sorts  of  styles.    But  it  is  mainstream  music  that  appeals  to  a   large  segment  of  the  population.     ROCK  AND  ROLL     Probably  the  one  style  of  music  that  has  had  the  greatest   impact  on  modern  day  popular  music  is  rock  and  roll.    Almost   all  pop  music  -­‐  dance,  hip-­‐hop,  metal  -­‐  has  evolved  from  rock   and  roll.    It's  been  so  influential  because  it  developed  from   such  a  diverse  mix  of  music.    It  combines  aspects  of  1940s  pop   (like  Frank  Sinatra),  country  and  folk.    But  primarily,  it  derived   from  the  blues.    For  an  example  of  how  closely  the  two  sounds   are  related,  listen  to  Nirvana's  version  of  "Where  Did  You  Sleep   Last  Night?",  a  song  originally  recorded  by  blues  legend   Leadbelly.   Rock  and  roll  exploded  onto  the  scene  in  the  1950s.    There   were  three  main  factors  that  helped  it  grow  in  popularity:     • Radio  competing  against  television   • Kids  rebelling  against  repressive  50s  society   • Brown  v.  Board  of  Education     In  the  early  days  of  radio,  much  of  its  programming  came  from   dramatic  programs  like  "The  Shadow"  or   "Superman".    However,  television  gained  popularity  in  the   1950s,  so  those  types  of  programs  moved  there.    In  search  of   new  content,  radio  switched  to  music,  which  was  an   inexpensive  source  of  programming.    And  rock  and  roll  was  the   music  kids  wanted.     Now  there's  nothing  new  about  teenagers  defying  society   -­‐  but   the  1950s  were  tailor-­‐made  for  a  rebellion.    There  was  a  cold   war  with  the  Russians,  Sen.  McCarthy  was  accusing  everyone   of  being  a  Communist  and  we  had  squeaky  clean  Dwight   Eisenhower  as  the  president.    But  from  the  midst  of  this   repression  came  rock  and  roll  -­‐  the  salvation  of  young  people   everywhere  who  were  just  looking  to  have  a  good  time.     The  last  factor  that  led  to  the  rise  of  rock  and  roll  was  the   Brown  v.  Board  of  Education  ruling  in  1954,  which  officially   ended  segregation.    With  society  being  integrated,  mainstream   American  culture  was  introduced  to  other  types  of  music   -­‐  like   blues  and  rockabilly.    These  styles  blended  with  other  forms  of   music  to  create  the  rock  and  roll  sound.     Brown  vs.  Board  of  Education  didn’t  bring  an  end  to   inequality   in  America  -­‐  and  the  recording  industry  was  no   different.    African-­‐American  artists,  like  Fats  Domino  and  Little   Richard,  had  to  sign  with  small  labels  because  the  major  labels   wouldn't  take  them.    The  major  labels  had  much  more   marketing  power  than  the  small  labels  -­‐  so  their  records  were   more  successful.    For  example,  Fats  Domino  released  "Ain't   That  a  Shame",  which  went  to  No.  10  on  the  charts.    Pat  Boone   re-­‐made  the  song  and  it  went  to  No.  1.    It  wasn't  until  the  1960s   that  this  trend  finally  started  to  reverse.   Elvis  Presley  was  the  King  of  Rock  and  It's  hard  to  imagine  anyone  else  singing   because  he  effectively  blended  diverse  music  styles   "Blueberry  Hill",  but  African-­‐American  artists   like  blues  and  rockabilly  -­‐  and  kids  lovlike  Fats  Domino  often  lost  out  to  white  cover   because  their  parents  hated  him.   artists  with  major  label  support.   CONTROVERSY IN POP MUSIC   Alright,  I'm  sure  you've  heard  it  before   -­‐  you  hear  critics  say   that  music  these  days  is  worse  than  ever.    Today's  songs   promote  drug  use,  sex,  violence  and  hate.    Music  is  the  cause  of   all  society's  problems.     Do  you  agree?    Before  you  respond,  let's  take  a  quick  walk   through  the  history  of  pop  music  over  the  past  60  years:   The  Doors:    Jim  Morrison  exposes  himself  on  stage  and  writes  songs   about  having  sex  with  his  mother   1960s The  Velvet  Underground:  teenagers  everywhere  sing  along  to  the  hit   song  "Heroin"   Black  Sabbath:    Ozzy  Osbourne  bites  off  a  variety  of  live  animal  heads   1970s Sex  Pistols:    teenagers  everywhere  sing  along  to  the  hit  song  "Anarchy   in  the  U.K."   Slayer:    Sample  lyrics  -­‐  "Bones  and  blood  lie  on  the  ground/Rotten  limbs   1980s  e  dead/Decapitated  bodies  found  on  my  wall"  -­‐  how  nice!   Motley  Crue:    teenagers  everywhere  sing  along  to  the  hit  song  "Shout  at   the  Devil"   Marilyn  Manson:    their  sole  purpose  is  to  offend,  with  album  titles  such   1990s    "Smells  Like  Children"  and  "Antichrist  Superstar"   2  Live  Crew:    teenagers  everywhere  sing  along  to  the  hit  song  "Me  So   Horny"   2000s  nem:    makes  lewd  accusations  about  Christina  Aguielira  and  writes   songs  about  hiding  the  body  of  his  murdered  wife   Nelly:    teenagers  everywhere  sing  along  to  the  hit  song  "Hot  in  Herre"   Nicki  Minaj:    her  Grammy  Awards'  date  is  a  Pope  look-­‐alike,  and  she   2010s performs  her  song  "Stupid  Hoe"  from  inside  a  cage   Ke$ha:    teenagers  everywhere  sing  along  to  the  hit  song  "Die  Young"   Obviously,  one  vital  component  of  rock  and  roll  music  is  to   cause  a  commotion.    But  does  that  justify  some  of  the  messages   that  pop  music  delivers  to  the  public?    That's  what  you  have  to   decide.   In  the  1970s,  KISS  was  very   Nikki  Minaj  and  the  Pope  really  do  make   controversial,  but  looking  back,  they're   a  cute  couple.    Just  another  in  a  long  line   actually  kind  of  goofy.    Grown  men  in   of  controversial  moments  for  this   chains  and  face  paint  -­‐  what  were  they   thinking?   popular  music  artist.    


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