Skip to comments.Tony Bennett Slams Modern Music: Today’s Songs Are ‘Terrible’
Posted on 03/22/2014 2:13:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Tony Bennett doesnt have much patience for most modern music. The legendary singer, 87, told the BBC Radio 4s Today program that most modern songs lack a lasting quality.
The songs that are written today, most of them are terrible, he said. Its a very bad period, musically, throughout the world for popular music.
He added that todays music industry leaders are more concerned with making money than making quality music.
The corporations took it over and they want to make so much money and they dont care whether the public likes it or not, he said. They think the public is ignorant, so their attitude is, Dont give them anything intelligent, because it wont sell.
He also criticized what he sees as the music industrys bias toward younger listeners.
Today, record companies are failing because they are putting their accent just on the young, and I think thats rather silly, he said.
Bennett is a huge fan of one young pop icon, however; hes collaborating with Lady Gaga on a new jazz album, Cheek to Cheek.
Shes one of the best singers I ever heard, Bennett told Parade.com in 2012. She also plays great piano and dances very well. Shes an all-around great performer Ive met so many people in show business over the years and Im very impressed with her. Shes one of the great talents coming up. Shes going to always surprise everybody with her artistry.
Watch Bennett and Lady Gaga perform The Lady Is a Tramp:
He had me, then he lost me on Lady Gaga.
Every grandpa thinks that, and has always thought that!
So, he calls everything else trash, but the insane, disgusting spew that comes out of ‘Lady GaGa’is art? The woman is deranged
I blame American Idol and the rest — the people who hit it big are women with enormous voices who are backed by bands that provide almost no more than a throb. It’s as close to A Capella as you can get without completely getting rid of the musicians. Adelle, Rhianna, Lord, etc. I suppose they have some degree of vocal talent, but they do not produce a product that I find appealing.
Yeah, puking is real “artistry.”
Well, he had to say that. He can’t very well do a duet with her and then slam her music. The question is, did she give him a meat tuxedo?
Frank Zappa on the industry...
What Tony is trying to say....”Rap is Crap”
I would suggest that he try Melody Gardot.
Decent jazz is still being composed. You just have to search it out.
These is some good music out there; one just has to seek it out...radio just is not playing it.
Boring old communist.
The kid next door played some crap endlessly...some woman...she sang over and over and over...”shine bright like di-a-mund....shine bright like a di-a-mund...”. Ugh.
Brilliant. I see a big problem in society as a fear of all risk. The concept of “Who knows? Take a chance!” really went out the window a long time ago. It’s a shame.
“And get off my lawn you damn kids”
That’s the reason White Music executives love rap....It’s cheap to produce...the “stars” are disposable.....The return on investment is through the roof.
“You’re so square,
Baby I don’t care!”
Part of my first confession at age 7 confirmed "Stepped on Mrs. Cullian's lawn 500 times."