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Jake Bugg: Everything That’s Wrong in Modern Music

by | 22nd, September 2014



ONCE upon a time, rock and pop lived together in perfect harmony and music fans didn’t feel the need to pick sides. Then, at some point in the ’80s, indie music came and spoiled it all, taking up the same opinion as people like Morrissey, who needlessly hit out at anything that was vaguely popular.

In 2014, too many White Artists With A Guitar (WAWAGs, pronounced Waaaaaaaah Wags) feel the need to hit out against pop music because it makes them feel more authentic when they talk about ‘real music’ and other horsepiss.

The worst of the bunch, Jake Bugg, has dribbled on lazily about the ‘state’ of ‘modern music’. He reckons that manufactured pop bands don’t have any heart or soul.

He says: “Manufactured pop bands, they don’t have any heart, they don’t have any soul. It’s really sad for me, when you work hard at what you do with your guitar, and then you pop the radio on and it’s like some weird trumping sound coming out of it.”

Talking about the lyrics in contemporary pop, he added: “All the lyrics are about one-night stands, holding your glass up and twerking and stuff like that. I know I might sound like a dad, but it’s frustrating to hear people my age going on about stuff like that when, personally, I think there are more important things in the world.”

Of course, what Bugg fails to mention is that he doesn’t sit down and bleed his heart out into his songs, rather, works with a committee of songwriters who help him with his work.

On Bugg’s album, you’ll see writing credits from Crispin Hunt from the Longpigs, as well as Matt Prime who has written songs for Simon Webbe from Blue and Will Young. There’s also Jason Hart who is related to the Lighthouse Family. RIGHT ON, etc.

Naturally, what most ‘real musicians’ won’t admit, is that they’re just as manufactured as any pop band. There’s a story about The Rolling  Stones, back in the day, getting make-up ladies to artificially make their clothes dirtier so they looked rougher and more rebellious, without actually having to be rough or a rebel.

And when it comes to bemoaning bands being manufactured, you could easily argue that the Sex Pistols were manufactured by Malcolm McLaren and that The Beatles were moulded by their record company when Parlophone forced the

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