February 11th, 2013

Those Grammys

I watched them last night while I was doing some other chores (note the use of the word “other”), and I have two things to say.

The first is: what’s up so many black dresses with the gauzy see-through stuff and/or the strategic cut-outs (with the noted exception of Katy Perry, who wore mint green with her cleavage)?

Which I now present here, in a blatant attempt to garner drive-by traffic, as well as to interest all you guys who are heartily sick of politics:

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

The second is: every time they performed old songs it only served to highlight how much I prefer them to the new. Is this a sign of old age, or good taste?

And I was surprised to see there’s an R&B singer with my very own name, although it turns out he spells it differently. Here’s the other Ne-Yo (could someone more fashion-forward than I please explain the stick?):

ne-yo

23 Responses to “Those Grammys”

  1. artfldgr Says:

    Is this a sign of old age, or good taste?

    good taste… it used to be old age..

    those old songs were not so gamed by politics and were more about love, and meeting people and so on.

    the new songs are mostly about how dead inside she is, and how the exciting undead guy is just getting warmed up to her and will make her feel…

    the same media people that control press control film and music…

    and katy perry lookes like a greened morticia addams

  2. neo-neocon Says:

    Artfldgr: exactly and precisely my impression of Katy Perry, who said her look was inspired by Priscilla Presley in her heyday.

  3. artfldgr Says:

    could someone more fashion-forward than I please explain the stick?

    its not a stick…
    its to give a zoot suit look as its a watch/jey fob

    Recreate the look of the great 1930′s with our goldtone Pocket Watch Fob. The authentic ornate paisley design outer case opens up to two round photo frames, just the right size for two of your favorite photos. These very decorative pocket watch cases are 1 1/4 inches in diameter, come with a 12 inch long small link pocket watch chain along with a round slide clip to clip on your belt loop or to the waistband end of any of your other Zoot Chains. These Pocket Watch Fob’s are also suitable for wearing with a vest, are made in America, and available for just $29.99 each.

    for people with no culture that live a made up one are trying to find it and create it by looking back. except when they look back, they have zoot suits, step and fetch it, and the black national socialists…

    so they wear zoot suit bling
    they dress like step and fetchit with pants falling down
    and wear fedoras…

    its a shame as us older guys remember that those symbols were not the most pleasant…

    but then again… who has their ear and who tells them what to think what to believe and who to vote for?

    hey… at least i wasn’t the only one who perceived ripped up clothes and homless chic as insulting… after all, someone who has millions dressing like a bumb cause its fasionable and sexy to look like your slummin’

    i guess being told that americas culture was white, and not a mix of all of these, has them stuck with no home. they dont see frederick douglas and George Whashington carver as examples…

    heck. chris rock says that blacks are the most talented… but sad man – when it wad douglas and carver yo can say that… but when its a bunch of poodles trying to out dance and gyrate in front of others, thats not the kind of talent to be proud of…

  4. neo-neocon Says:

    Artfldgr: I’ve certainly seen photos of zoot suits, but always with chains as fobs, like this sort of thing.

  5. Tesh Says:

    The only good thing about this year’s Grammys is that the soundtrack for Journey got nominated. There’s a lot of great music in video games, it’s about time for some attention.

  6. holmes Says:

    I thought it was a riding stick, for horses. He has sort of the militant equestrian pant thing going on.

    (DHS alert for Militant Equestrians…)

  7. holmes Says:

    Riding whip…whatever.

  8. southpaw Says:

    Both old age and good taste. Just yesterday I caught a few minutes from “Ferris Bueler’s Day Off”, and noted that Ferris had a rather attractive mother. When the movie came out, I was roughly Matthew Broderick’s age, and I was of course more interested in his girl friend. The crossover from young age to good taste is a funny thing. I’m sure when the film came out I thought his mom was some old coot with funny hair.
    RE the Grammy’s — I think J-Lo is at the point where leaving more to the imagination would be a good thing. The right thigh I got a glimpse resembled a ham hock. :-)

  9. neo-neocon Says:

    southpaw: yes, it was odd that she emphasized the thigh so much. I think J-Lo is a very attractive woman with a very attractive figure, but the way that dress was designed, it made her thigh look disproportionately large. Not a flattering look AT ALL, including the way the top portion of the dress was sort of boxy and draped.

  10. physicsguy Says:

    I, as an old geezer, always thought Katy Perry was a good looking young thing, then I hear her some of her songs driving with my daughters who have control over the car radio…. menage a trois songs???

    I did add one current song to my ipod: Hall of Fame by The Script. Again courtesy of my daughters. It has some rap in it, but the message is very positive, and it just kind of grew on me. I first heard it when my oldest daughter’s college soccer team used it in their season video.

  11. vanderleun Says:

    “(could someone more fashion-forward than I please explain the stick?”

    It’s not a stick, it’s a schtick and, as such, it’s shit.

  12. MissJean Says:

    physicsguy, I like the script and the Fray. There are some very good things out there and, surprisingly, some of the more important Grammies went to them this year. I was pleased that the purveyors of musical porn lost to the likes of Adele and more “old-fashioned” singers.

  13. Sam L. Says:

    Don’t believe I’ve see Miss Perry before. Worth the look.

  14. physicsguy Says:

    Neo, you should look at the video for Hall of Fame… features a deaf ballerina…. right down your alley :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk48xRzuNvA

    Or if you want to try and spot my daughter

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PACFmBnjDos

  15. Wm Lawrence Says:

    My oldest son had a pair of boots just like those that he wore all through high school along with all the other “Goth” paraphernalia.

    He got them from me and I got them as initial issue when I joined the Army Reserve. They were terrible and I replaced them with Corcorans…

  16. NeoConScum Says:

    BODACIOUS Taa-Taa’s, Katy.

  17. SGT Caz Says:

    In a society where things aren’t changing just for the sake of changing, there would be no difference between having old-fashioned taste and good taste. Our preferences are adaptive.

  18. I Callahan Says:

    Couldn’t watch it. Today’s music blows.

    JMHO

  19. Artfldgr Says:

    by the way neo… an interesting reason the old music was so good is what they were stealing from..

    ever listen to
    PIANO TRIO NO. 2, IN E FLAT MAJOR, OP. 100

    its featured in the remake movie The Mechanic
    listen to the music that he plays when he finishes a job the particular music he plays. its odd the record starts with it… but its the second movement…

    listen to it THEN listen to the Beatles…
    Fool on the hill

    particularly the part where the lyrics and melody cover these words: Day after day, / Alone on a hill, / The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still

    compare the two.. would it be any wonder the Beatles are so good if they incorporated Schubert?

    but if your good… you might realize that they were also listening to Kodai.. specifically his peacock variations… if i remember correctly, there is the same kind of thing that made Eleanor Rigby…

    if your well read you can find lots of such things, same as with oil paintings…

    Thoreau: Most men live lives of quiet desperation
    Roger Waters: Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

    is it any wonder that the album that and other things like that appeared stayed on the charts longer than any other album in history?

    According to the December 1, 2001 issue of Billboard, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been on the charts for an astounding 1,285 weeks. That’s just under 25 years! Its closest rival is James Taylor’s Greatest Hits, checking in at 573 weeks on the chart. James can expect to reach Pink Floyd’s record number in about 13 1/2 years.

    and even Blues Traveler, a group that would have gone very far over the long haul (except for death), clued you in on the game in the song “the hook brings you back”

    it also relates to some interesting philosophy tracts that discuss how the world is familiar but new, that every day has the sun rise – but its also always different, no two being the same either.

    anyway…
    todays artists are less that and are not building off of the likes of schubert, and know music. many of them are auditioned and they are put together by marketing.

    the first such group like that was the Monkees…
    another group, who was created by the same man, was the Archies. he did the archies cause he was fed up with the members of the monkees believing they were what they were paid to act like… including wanting their own music to be played and so on.

    so what you have today is a whole lot of manufactured image making and so on, and not a lot of substance… what you had back then, were more capable professionals who grew up right after the era of when everyone could play an instrument and adorno’s ideas were not mainstreamed in terms of such negativity towards reproduced works

    this doesnt mean that there arent really good musicians out there, their are great ones… but most of them are studio musicians, not stage.

  20. Artfldgr Says:

    Katy is what happens when a young girl is abused and likes it… her mix of infantilism, and other fetishes, is quite…. interesting…

    and people used to worry that kids stole playboys and hid under stairs ogling…

  21. chuck Says:

    PIANO TRIO NO. 2 NO. 1 ain’t bad either. I spent many hours in high school listening to NO. 2 in this recording: Rudolf Serkin, piano; Adolf Busch, violin; Hermann Busch, cello, recorded December 23, 1935. The recording technology wasn’t great but the music was wonderful.

  22. expat Says:

    I didn’t see the show, but I checked out the slide show at NRO. I sometimes had the feeling I was in Silcon Valley.

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