So I know I’ve weighed in on the Motley Crue tribute album in this space before…
…but the track listing was released yesterday. As bad as I thought it might be, it looks to be at least that bad if not worse. There is just not one thing about this that is not made of massive, hemorrhaging, EPIC FAIL. Really. LeAnn Rimes doing “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”? NO. I mean, I know folks raised hell about the Common Thread Eagles tribute back in 1993, but the MC tribute is going to make that sound like Jimmie freaking Rogers. Really, I’m just so embarrassed for (and by) country music anymore. I mean I know down here we have folks like Jason Boland and the Stragglers, the Turnpike Troubadours, and Reckless Kelly, but the cold hard fact of the matter is that those artists aren’t the face of the genre to the mainstream. People like Chase Rice, Florida-Georgia Line, and Blake Shelton are. And they don’t even care that they’re making shit music. It’s all about appealing to the least common denominator to make the most amount of money, and it’s just sickening.
And Aaron Lewis? What the hell, dude? I thought you were better than that!
Speaking of Blake Shelton, if you wonder why so many people are so down on him anymore, you need only to click here. It’s not just his shit music, but his shit attitude toward those of us who don’t like the direction the genre has gone anymore. “Songs about real people.” What a load of crap. Anyone who’s been listening to mainstream country music anymore knows damn good and well that it’s chock full of shallow, misogynist caricatures of “real people,” just like so much of hip-hop and the ’80s glam metal was. It’s like, hey, you got a real nice truck. Good for you. How do you afford that truck? Do you work? Do you have a home life? Or is partying with that hot girl on the tailgate all you do?
(I sure as hell am not keen on Carrie Underwood being any kind of savior of the genre, though. “Blown Away” was just a different flavor of crap, if you ask me….)