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Thread #106505   Message #2201384
Posted By: Little Hawk
24-Nov-07 - 01:03 PM
Thread Name: American pie has a lot to answer for.
Subject: RE: American pie has a lot to answer for.
Well, Bert, you are right that a certain amount of pretentious crap has been written by a fairly large number of not very good songwriters who were consciously and quite obviously at least trying to write songs that resembled "American Pie" or some of the surrealistic stuff Dylan did...but so what?

Crap songs are also written by those who want to emulate Paul Anka or Barry Manilow stuff, don't forget that! ;-)

And then too, crap songs are written by people who want to sound just like Barbra Streisand.

There's really no end to it.

Look, if you want to get upset about pretentiously obscure lyrics, then why not get upset about the progressive rock movement of the 70's? I mean, take a look at some of the arcane lyrics churned out by groups like Yes, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Emerson/Lake/&Palmer, Rick Wakeman, etc...

Those guys hit heights of utter obscurity and grandiose pretention more extreme than most folk writers would ever dream of...complete with medieval pageantry onstage, BIG HAIR, swirling fog machines, giant stage sets with dwarves, goblins, and dragons jumping around....

Get upset about that, man! ;-) Raise hell about it. Start threads about it. Justice now!