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    rainmanjr, 88kathy

    Your analogy refers to the types of manufactured music that were churned out between Elvis and the Beatles--roughly 1960-1963.  Some representative artists include the teen idols, The Four Seasons, and a whole lot of other "clean" bands created by corporate entities to sell watered-down pop to white audiences.  To quote Jerry Lee Lewis, "Thank God for the Beatles.  They got rid of all the Frankies, the Bobbies,and the Fabians; they swept them aside like wheat before the chaff"

    However, this is definitely NOT bubblegum which is a genre created in the late 60s--roughly 1968-1973.  Bubblegum music was created specifically by Super K productions.  Think 1910 Fruitgum Company et al.  Some of this music is crap too, but other examples from this genre have stood the test of time, including "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies, "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe,  and "Black Betty" by Ram Jam.   This style also led to the first boy band--the Monkees.  The boy/girl band trend continues to this day--as do corporate attempts to feed pablum to the masses.  

    Ham-handed corporate attempts to sell us crap will be with us forever, and the Kochs--one of the biggest corporate entities in history--are a good recent example.

    Secrecy breeds hypocrisy.

    by YankInUK on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 06:09:21 PM PST

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      88kathy, YankInUK

      One of the problems for corp's that try to feed pablum is that, eventually, one of the pablum's want some credit.  That's why the Monkey's Producer created a cartoon.  They don't talk back.  It seems to me that the majority of ppl know who the Koch's and Trumps are and aren't buying.  I hope that perception is correct.

      "If it takes all night / that'll be alright / if I can get you to smile before I leave." Jackson Browne

      by rainmanjr on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:14:05 PM PST

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        The Monkees started out as a boy band, and their records were made by studio musicians, plus Davy Jones on vocals.  But once they learned to write songs and play their instruments, they wanted to innovate (example: the album "Head).  At that point, the boy band creators moved on to things that were easier to control:  The Archies, Josie & the Pussycats, The Defranco Family, and the Partridge Family.  

        One difference between the music producers and the Koch lobby is that the former attempt to control/package artistic content, while the latter strive to control/package message.  In both cases, I am constantly surprised by the number of people who DO buy the pablum.  

        Luckily for our side, you can't totally control either for very long.  Independent thought is Kryptonite to the corporate messengers.

        Secrecy breeds hypocrisy.

        by YankInUK on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 12:55:40 PM PST

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    •  Thanks. That's exactly what I would have said (1+ / 0-)
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      had I known what I was talking about...

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:10:15 PM PST

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    •  What he referred to as "bubblegum" (0+ / 0-)

      was 50s dance rock, the genre referred to in Don McLean's "American Pie" as the "music [that] died" (although Don's own song seems to honor the music that replaced it more than the music that died; his grief seems to be more about the loss of the three performers killed on Feb. 2 1959 than the rest of their genre), or the music that Rick Nelson lamented the audience at the "Garden Party" not liking.

      The main thing that happened with the Beatles was that rock music became more political and psychological.  After the Beatles became more popular, corporate minions packaged mild, apolitical versions of what they were doing as the bubblegum music, so named for its appeal to the kids not yet interested in adult themes.  Despite being in college in those years, I did like some of the bubblegum groups as PART of my musical diet, but not all.  And they were successful: one of the Monkees was so idolized by young girls that Gene Roddenberry cast an actor who resembled him (Walter Koenig) as a new member of the Enterprise crew, Pavel Checkov!

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