You may remember the days when your parents were telling you that all the music you listen to sounds the same (although U2, Simple Minds, Talking Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cult and Siouxsie Sioux all sound very different to me).
However, even the pop industry now seems to (subliminally) admit that a lot of music released today sounds like a lot else. And here is why I think it so:
You see, if you listen to a pop station like Capital (I like to refer to it as ‘Crapital’) you might begin to notice that many of the songs begin by announcing the name of the artist – as part of the song. In other words: the performer is telling us who they are.
J-Lo, Shakira, Beyonce, Tinie Tempah, Rihanna, JLS and many others have all been at it.
And I think it’s because they finally realise that if you weren’t told you wouldn’t readily recognise who the artist was because they all sound pretty much the same.
Having said that, I’ve listened to Planet Rock a fair bit this week (bearing in mind that I’m a fan of rock music) and even many rock bands sound largely the same.
Is it me?