I just mentioned this to K A-S but I liked the allusion so much I’mma run with it.
So, this whole nonsense about whether Charli XCX is going to revive pop by bringing some ‘DIY’ aesthetic to it* is, evidently, the head-rearing of Pop’s Ugliest Conversation. It’s, like, a tri-annual event.
Leaving aside the foray into whether ‘poptimism’ is a toxic concept** there’s a basic meme to every time this comes up. To demonstrate, the structure of one of these articles-
There’s pop, which must on some fundamental level be a bit of a dirty concept
- Because there’s ~~~bAD POP OMg like JUSTIN BIEBER with MONEY and SONGWRITers.~~~~
- Not like GOOD POP that was written like PROPER MUSIC but just HAPPENED to come out like POP.
Genre essentialism is very boring (and absolutely a crime I am guilty of viz. ‘ugh, this is indie’) -nothing is necessarily good or bad because of its style, music is not a moral choice. But you all know this.
Anyway. It’s nice that someone has tried to revive World’s Most Boring Argument again. I mean, if we went longer than four months without this cropping back up we might slip into some sort of blissful state where no one gave a fuck about it anymore and people might start thinking music critics had something worthwhile to say.
*My doctor has informed me I am not allowed to start writing about this.
**IT IS A CLUB NIGHT. A. CLUB. NIGHT. NOT A MANIFESTO, EXCEPT IN THE MOST ROMANTIC SENSE IE: LIKE GOOD POP ITS HEART IS LEFT BLEEDING ON THE DANCEFLOOR. FUCK’S SAKE. OH IT’S ALSO AN LJ COMMUNITY FULL OF TUMBLEWEEDS. A CLUB NIGHT OF BLOODY CHESTS AND GLOWSTICK TUMBLEWEEDS; IF THAT ISN’T WHAT YOU WANT I CAN’T FUCKING HELP YOU.