Songs criticizing modern music/music scenes

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by StuntBacon, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. StuntBacon


    Feb 4, 2010
    I know it's an oddly specific subject, but I was wondering if there were many songs people can think of which are critical of other music scenes. Just wondering how other musicians tackled the subject. Not trying to spread hatred, just in the mood for some specific satire I suppose.
  2. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Although your world wonders me,
    With your majestic and superior cackling hen
    Your people I do not understand,
    So to you I shall put an end
    And you'll
    Never hear
    Surf music again

    Jimi himself said this was not a dig at surf music, but a tribute, as he thought Dick Dale was dead or dying at the time.
  3. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    "Money For Nothing" - Dire Straits
  4. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    If you listen to the full version of the song on the Purple Box CD set, right after that last line Jimi says "sounds like a lie to me," and then laughs. It doesn't appear to be a dig at surf music at all. It was only a few years ago that I even got to hear the full version. Things made way more sense after that.
  5. Most of Tom Petty's "Last DJ" album is pretty critical of the music industry, especially "Money Becomes King" and "Joe."
  6. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    These always seemed a bit satirical to me.

    Cake- Comfort Eagle

    The Who - Success Story
  7. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    Propagandhi-"Back to the Motor League"
    "But what have we here?
    15 years later it still reeks of swill and Chickens**t Conformists
    With their fists in the air
    Like-father, like-son "rebels" bloated on korn, eminems and bizkits."
  8. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    The Animals once did a song where they lamented the end of rock 'n' roll and actually sarcastically mimicked a line
    from Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care Of My baby"...
  9. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA

  10. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Frank Zappa - Disco Boy
  11. Lorde "Royals"

    I mean, granted it's a pop single that's had fantastic commercial success, but the whole song is trash-talking pop lyrics.
  12. pglaser01


    Mar 19, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    If only I were that good....
    Tool- "AEnema"
  13. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Goes back to the '60s. The Byrds' "So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star".

  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
  15. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Queen "Sleeping On The Sidewalk"

    Doesn't criticize other genres, just the music industry in general.

    I was nothin' but a city boy
    My trumpet was my only toy
    I've been blowin' my horn
    Since I knew I was born
    But there ain't nobody wants to know

    I've been sleepin' on the sidewalk
    Rollin' down the road
    I may get hungry
    But I sure don't want to go home

    So round the corner comes a limousine
    And the biggest grin I ever seen
    Here sonny won't you sign
    Right along the dotted line
    What you sayin' are you playin'
    Sure you don't mean me?

    I've been sleepin' on the sidewalk
    Rollin' down the road
    I may get hungry
    But I sure don't want to go home

    (Now I tell you what happened...)

    They took me to a room without a table
    They said 'blow your trumpet into here'
    I played around as well as I was able
    And soon we had the record of the year

    I was a legend all through the land
    I was blowin' to a million fans
    Nothin' was a missin'
    All the people want to listen
    You'd have thought I was a happy man

    And I was sleepin' like a princess
    Never touch the road
    I don't get hungry
    And I sure don't want to go home
    (Have to have some fun...)

    Now they tell me that I ain't so fashionable
    An' I owe the man a million bucks a year
    So I told 'em where to stick the fancy label
    It's just me and the road from here

    I'm back to playin' and layin'
    I'm back on the game

    I'm sleepin' on the sidewalk
    Rollin' down the road
    I sure get hungry and
    I sure do want to go home
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Pink Floyd ... The Wall
  17. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Zappa's "Yo Cats" lampoons studio musicians and the union. Berklee even gets hit by some shrapnel.
  18. I think Tools' AEnema is more a slam on all of LA (i.e. the whole entertainment industry) - but I LOVE that song and it's lyrics. *^$% all you dysfunctional, insecure actresses.. #$% smiling gladhands with hidden agendas.. Love it.

    I have to say - I'm trying to get over my 'old guy' syndrome (I'm only 41 though) and have been listening to alot of current music trying to find new music that I like. Scanning all genres - although I still can't stomach anything EDM, rap, or hip-hop. But I have been giving Lorde's entire album a listen - and she's that classic culture/counterculture figure - quite similar to Nirvana in the sense that she's slamming the very industry she's profiting from. Several songs carry that similar theme as in Royals. 400 Lux is one... Her album is pretty darn good - lyrically it's excellent, and the electronic beats are different enough for me that I actually really enjoy it. Royals is probably actually the weakest song on that album. Serious earworm action on that album...

    Sorry - can't think of any other songs to fit the topic right now though. Lot's of good ones brought up already though!
  19. Back in the 70's it was a rumor that Ted Nugent's "Snakeskin Cowboys" was a jab at Kiss........