I need to start this blog off with full disclosure. I think the music of Bon Jovi is at its best slightly more pleasing than someone running their fingernails across a chalkboard. I think cats in heat have more musical talent than Bon Jovi. I admit there has been an occasional song that didn’t make me want to throw up in my mouth a little. This is of course all about musical tastes and my blog readers are welcome to throw tomatoes at my opinion (hopefully you can throw better than Jon Bon Jovi can hit a note).
Now that we have that out of the way let’s get down to business. Jon Bon Jovi is delusional. He has some sort of musical memory rooted in a time that hasn’t existed in the last thirty years. I read an interview in the Sunday Times Magazine where he pines nostalgic about the great old yesteryears when you could bring your LP home and be fully immersed in the musical creation of the artists.
This does not mean I don’t think this doesn’t happen. I actually happen to think it occurs all the time but then I listen to independent music where they long ago figured out if you want someone to buy your album you make an album with more than one or two interesting songs.
For almost my entire life (which sadly has been going on for longer than I would like to admit) the music industry, run by big cooperations, has been about producing one breakout hit song which would trick a consumer into buying an album full of crap. I have a huge box of CD’s in my closet, as evidence of all the times I was fooled in my youth.
Now Jon the delusional musical historian says, “Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business.” He is right but not in the way he means. His complaint is people go to iTunes and download the one single off the crappy album and this is bad. I say Lord Jobs killed the crappy ass music industry that loved to rip off it customers by failing to produce a product worth buying.
No longer can you get away with one good song. You want to sell your album, make a good album fuckhead. I buy more albums now than I ever have. Whole albums full of wondrous beauty. Thanks to iTunes and everything that has happened because of it I get to legally sample music. Decide if it’s not crap and buy it. If I can I buy it direct from the artist. If I can’t then I buy it from the place they will make the most money.
Jon Bon Jovi doesn’t like the new world because it require a complete record. The best example I can think of why he is full of shit when it comes to huge commercial success is Green Day’s American Idiot. They purposely set out to make an album that you simply would be unable to listen to without buying the whole thing and people did. In the current world of music quality counts for something. There are huge problems in the music industry but giving the consumer a choice is not one of them.