May 10th, 2011

eloso

Billboard

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would love to see the group Cake in concert again. Kitty looked up their tour dates to see if they would be anywhere close. The best we could come up with was Denver. I was a bit surprised to see that one of their shows there was sold out. Was Cake still THAT popular? They do have a new album out. Was it doing well? Coming home from Carlsbad on Friday I actually heard a radio station playing their new single "Sick of You" (which has a video featuring bunny fursuiters!) Hmmm. Since I almost never listen to commercial radio any more, perhaps they were more successful/popular than I knew. I know! I'll check the Billboard charts, the supposed pulse of modern music, to see if their album or single is up there!

Boy, was that a mistake! I felt so old and totally removed from pop culture. I had never heard of 99% of the acts that were there. Oh sure, I have heard OF Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, but I can honestly say that I wouldn't know a song by them if I heard it. The Album Chart was also a complete disaster with lots of greatest hits from classic bands. A couple of shockers were Carole King's "Tapestry" which came out in 1971 and Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever" which was big in 1990. I've always known that the music industry was a mess, but what I saw was total chaos. Even categories like "Adult Alternative" or "Adult Contemporary" had songs and groups that I had never heard of. Groups that I like and hear played a lot on alternative stations on XM were nowhere to be found. I guess I'll just keep listening to my unpopular stuff. I like it. That's all that matters.