Jerame Davis

Elton John - Sad Songs Say the Internet sucks

Filed By Jerame Davis | August 03, 2007 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, Media
Tags: Elton John, music, RIAA

His Sirness, Elton John, has taken leave of his senses and apparently it's all because of the Intarwebs. In an interview with The Sun (UK), Sire John gifted the world all with this little meme:

The Internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff. Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision. It's just a means to an end.

We're talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that's not going to happen with people blogging on the Internet. I mean, get out there - communicate.

Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the Internet. Let's get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging. I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole Internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There's too much technology available. I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today.

Just follow me to the other side of the jump, I need some space to talk about this one...

So, let me get this straight. The ability to create music, put it up for anyone in the world to hear, and bring together artists and fans in ways never dreamed of before is somehow killing music? The fact that we have more choice to discern what is really a hit record and what we're being told is a hit record is now a problem? The ability for anyone to be creative and express that creativity and share it with others is somehow stifling creativity? Seriously?

Does the Rocket Man just not get this Intertubes thingy? I'm thinking Elton and Alaskan Sen. Ted "Series of Tubes" Stevens would be fast friends. Perhaps Elton just isn't visiting the right websites. He's not going to find good music at MTV.com or RIAA.org.

So, I guess he is right about one thing: The mainstream music machine that made him rich is turning out more crap than gold these days. But that has nothing to do with the Internet. The Internet is the freedom from that musical hell that tells us what is cool, what we should listen to, and who is hot. You know, that same recording industry behemoth that brought us lawsuits against grandmas and pre-teens for stealing Britney Spears or The Wiggles or something. Yeah, those guys.

But never fear, creativity isn't dead - it's just no longer hanging out with the creepy suits in the music industry. When you are part of a soulless and evil corporate entertainment consortium, it's all about the money anyway. Creativity has moved on to bigger and better things, where it can flourish and grow, not be exploited for greed and power. So, if Elton's wondering why the muse has left, he need look no further than the thugs who bankrolled his career for the answers.

What's your favorite music not being pushed by some recording giant? How do you find new music? Do you think the Internet killed the video star? Find your voice in the comments...


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Yeah, he doesn't know what he's talking about. Of course, I never really thought Elton John did....

What's really killing musical creativity is media consolidation that was bad before, but got just awful in the late 80's/90's. Just listen to the radio in the Indianapolis area (to those who've never had the pleasure, let me tell you, Indy area radio is particularly bad when it comes to being totally top 40).

I've discovered a lot of great bands on YouTube, and *gasp* I went out and bought their CD's after hearing some of their stuff online. Like the Arcade Fire, who I never would have heard on the radio, but now their two albums are permanently residing in my car.

Oh, well. The internet has great potential for democratization outside of music as well, but I wouldn't expect Elton to understand. And I'm not really going to make fun of the elderly for not understanding the internet; that's not nice. But if he doesn't get it it would be best for him to not make monumental pronouncements about it, but then he wouldn't be Elton John.