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Saturday 23 August 2014

TV turns its back on quality music

Published 23/07/2013 | 05:40

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Whats up with mainstream music these days? I was at the gym the other day pumping up a sweat on the treadmill, when something really annoyed me.

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Three flatscreen TVs on the wall were beaming down three different music channels, all showing videos of scantily clad females dancing, prancing and gyrating.

Why the need to flaunt these perfectly toned bodies in my face when I'm busy climbing the step machine, or half killing myself on the bike?

As I could do nothing else except suffer these images if I wanted to complete my workout – it got me thinking – when and how did Music Television become so rubbish ?

I remember when I was a teenager MTV was my favourite TV channel.

I couldn't wait to switch it on when I'd get home from school.

It had all the best music and artists, not just repeat videos of what looks like the same woman doing the same dance routine, in the same outfit, to the same song.

It played videos of Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, Madonna, The Cranberries, Bjork, The Smashing Pumpkins, Guns n Roses and not forgetting Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the good old reliables Radiohead.

Mainstream music was quality back then.

Over the last few years, TV and most national radio stations overplay the most annoying songs.

It seems record companies work under the ethos 'if you play mediocre songs to the masses enough times they will eventually like it!'

But that's not choice, that's us being force-fed music.

Its all so tightly reigned.

I feel sorry for kids, particularly young girls who are growing up watching today's music TV.

With its focus on image, a perfectly toned body and provocative dance routines, impossible standards are set and young girls absorb these images.

The more vulnerable of them will become brainwashed into thinking this is how they should look and act.

Where has all the good music gone?

It seems to me that good music is everywhere, except, on main stream radio and music TV.

You have to search hard on the internet to find quality bands.

That's one thing that's great about the internet, it gives us access to a massive pool of musical talent so we can dip in and out, pick our own musical preferences, find our own gems.

What is really great also is the local scene.

When I look at all the bands, musicians, singers and songwriters that have emerged in Sligo over the last few years, I'm amazed that for a small town there is so much musical talent.

I love the local festival scene too, at least on a local level you always have the opportunity for being surprised.

You will always find music in its raw, untainted state, played by musicians who are, as of yet, completely unaffected by perceived 'music industry standards'.

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