In this AP story, it's reported that a phone ring tone called Crazy Frog Axel F is set to conquer the top of the UK pop charts, edging the latest single by Coldplay.
"Music purists might not be too happy at the prospect of the "Crazy Frog" outselling Coldplay, but it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise when you consider its huge novelty appeal and the massive amount of exposure it is currently getting," said Castaldo.
I've got news for them. There ain't much difference to me. To music purists, or even simply those who like something nonsucky, the drop from Coldplay to Crazy Frog ringtones isn't nearly as far as the headfirst plummet music took to get to Coldplay in the first place. Where the heck is the rocking, the beauty, the angst, the coolness, you puerile vaporheads?!
Eleven year-olds aren't noted for their discernment. Hand the keys of the culture castle to them and the rest of us get nothing cool to see and hear. What we need is a national moratorium on excessive allowances and splurging by guilt-ridden parents. If the disposable income from the pre-pimple set dwindled, the entertainment industry would have to start pitching stuff for grownups, or at least to least high-schoolers. Tell me that high-schoolers can do more than whine and sulk. Tell me they're still capable of grooving or swinging, or- dare I hope- rocking.
I may be shopping in public venues later suffering involuntary music injections from the crappy store sound systems. Barkeep, innoculate me with another shot of Misty Mountain Hop. Please.