Thursday, August 29, 2013

Over the top

Cultural criticism of contemporary music is a strange business. It now seems to be conventional wisdom that drum solos like in Led Zeppelin's Moby Dick were "self-indulgent," but it's left to generally conservative social critics to indicate that there was something seriously wrong with the anorexic exhibitionism of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards (no link, just watch MTV peddle that shite for the next 6 months instead of actual music videos). There seem to be parents out there who planted their kids in front of the MTV VMAs and maybe are gradually recognizing that particular branch of the Viacom Corporation is not the best custodian of their upbringing. May we suggest instead intensive study of drum solos?