This rambles some.
Ok, so, thank you Carly, your post offered me an interesting challenge, can I offer an intelligent comment on the state of music in the UK. Well frankly (mr shankly) I love lyrics so am happy to investigate further.
Now this is unlikely to be an entirely objective post as I have personal tastes and feelings, so a bit about my bias first, to set the scene.
I love rock and metal, every kind of rock and metal. I am not goth, emo, old school, punk etc etc, I love them all and bless their cotton socks. I like and listen to a wide variety of music, classical, metal obv. A little jazz, blues, but precious little dance and pop only on the freak occasions where its really good. I do have some dirty little secrets in my music collection, because sometimes even I want frothy plastic crap, but I see it for what it is and enjoy.
Right now that’s done, does Britain go in for angst?
Well I did some favourite lyric searches, according to MTV at 8:30 this morning this was the nations top 15 lyrics.
Life Is A Minestrone
"Life is a minestrone, Served up with parmesan cheese"
Life Is A Minestrone Written By Lol Creme and Eric Stewart (c) EMI Music
(I love 10cc, and this is a fantastic line)
2 50 Cent
"I love you like a fat kid love cake"
(a ha, so it’s the fat kid again. I think the lyric is good, but why oh why are so many people listening to 50 cent?)
The Winner Takes It All
"The winner takes it all, The loser standing small, Beside the victory, That's her destiny"
(I like abba but I think this is far from their best lyric)
4 Arctic Monkeys
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
"Oh there ain't no love, No Montagues and Capulets, We're just banging tunes and DJ sets and dirty dancefloors and dreams of naughtiness"
(Again, as Carly said, will people think the same in ten years? I love them, but this is not the best lyric)
5 The Beach Boys
God Only Knows
"If you should ever leave me, Though life would go on believe me, The world could show nothing to me, So what good would living do me."
(awesome and classic)
6 The Beatles
A Day In The Life
"I read the news today oh boy, Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire. And though the holes were rather small, They had to count them all, Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall"
(see those beatles quotes rank much higher over here, it’s a form of national pride)
7 The Beatles
"Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been, Lives in a dream"
(I love this song!!!!! Plangent)
8 The Beatles
"Hey Jude don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better"
(uh huh, good stuff here)
9 The Beatles
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
"Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies"
(somebody calls you , you answer quite slowly, a girl with kaliedascope eyes)
10 The Beatles
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
"It was twenty years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play"
(meh, love the song but as lyrics go its unisnpired, I think the walrus is more interesting)
11 The Beatles
"Yesterday, All my troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they're here to stay, Oh, I believe in Yesterday."
(me too john, me too)
12 Bill Withers
Lean On Me
"Lean on me, when you're not strong, And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on, For it won't be long , Til I'm gonna need, Somebody to lean on"
(hmmm, ok, yes, there does seem to be a fairly constant angst now)
"I get up when I want, except on Wednesdays, When I get rudely awakened by the dustmen"
(well in all fairness, we have all been there, and it sucks)
14 Bob Dylan
Subterranean Homesick Blues
"Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine. I'm on the pavement thinking about the Government"
(This man can do no wrong, besides, many of his lyrics where made by mixing words clipped out of magazines. The original fridge poet)
15 Bob Marley
No Woman, No Cry
"Said I remember when we used to sit in the government yard in Trenchtown, yeah! And then Georgie would make the fire lights, I seh, logwood burnin' through the nights"
VH-1 has this to say
The top five lyrics in the VH1 poll were:
1. U2 - One. "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers."
2. The Smiths - How Soon is Now? "So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die."
3. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit. "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us."
4. Bob Marley - Redemption Song. "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds, have no fear for atomic energy, 'cause none of them can stop the time."
5. Coldplay - Yellow. "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you."
For myself, some of the lyrics in these lists would rank well with me, but others are a bit drab and predicatble. Where are the boomtown rats with I hate Mondays? Surely a classic, with some superb lyrics.
How about Black Sabbath, “look into my eyes and see who I am, my name is lucifer please take my hand” and Ozzy’s solo stuff. Ugh, frankly I am dissapointed and can confirm that the MTV watching, voting british public are dull, and staid and unimaginative, but then look at the government, you could say the same of our political votes.
I dont even bother to look at the charts normally, but I had a quick look just for this and was pleasently suprised.
1 Sandi ThomI Wish I Was A Punk Rocker(RCA)
2 Gnarls BarkleyCrazy(Warner Bros)
3 KeaneIs It Any Wonder(Island)
4 Pink Who Knew(Laface)
6 Ronan Keating & Kate RusbyAll Over Again(Polydor)/
7 Oakenfold Ft Brittany MurphyFaster Kill Pussycat(Perfecto)
8 Nelly FurtadoManeater(Geffen)
9 LL Cool J Ft Jennifer LopezControl Myself(Def Jam)
10 Primal ScreamCountry Girl(Columbia)
I haven’t heard the no 1, but Pink and Primal Scream both in the top ten? Are people with taste still buying singles en mass? Can I get a woot woot?
I think generally the songs that stick with people are the ones they can really understand and feel, so all that angst connects to us so it lasts.
I may make a more meaningful comment at some point but dfor now my ramblings will have to do. Does this help at all Carly?