My Name is Ruin, by Gary Numan
Me: In my zone, listening to music
Husband: Look at this dumb shit someone said on the internet
Me: What? Brains?
So far, everything I have listened to on this album is excellent.
By the way, Mongolia still isn’t sorry–The Hu, Yuve Yuve Yu
Mongolia is going to fuck your shit up and take your women, apparently.
Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Guys, I have discovered the point of music. It’s sex.
Alice in Chains: Them Bones
In retrospect, I guess it’s not a surprise that a lot grunge musicians died of drugs or suicide.
Smashing Pumpkins: Bullet with Butterfly Wings
As long as you can still scream, you can still feel.
I don’t know if we can scream anymore.
Placebo–literally, “I please”–Sucker Love:
Their lead singer is a good example of a male playing up his effeminate qualities in order to get laid.
Husband: You can’t just say that without explanation.
Me: Have you seen the lead singer? I guarantee he gets tons of sex.
Husband: Is he gay?
Me: Whatever he’s into, he gets plenty of it.
There’s a lesson here for effeminate men thinking “Hey, would it be easier for me if I became a girl?”
No. It wouldn’t. Be you. Own who you are and find the people who are attracted to you.
AFI: Miss Murder
Gary Numan aside, it seems like the music scene has changed in fundamental ways over the past few decades. I don’t think there is anyone in the business today whose suicide would affect teens like Kurt Cobain’s, just because there is no one that widely loved. It’s not that society is more divided (though perhaps it is); we just don’t listen to music like we used to.
Of course popular music is still around, and still of varying (usually low) quality.
To hazard a guess, if music is really about reproducing, then the change in music is related to the decline in birth rates. A typical modern human mating ritual involves going to a club, listening to a band or some very loud recorded music, getting drunk, and meeting someone you’d like to have sex with. These clubs also provide a place for new bands to get started. But if fewer people go out, clubs close, people meet fewer other people, people are lonelier, birth rates drop, and new bands have a harder time getting noticed, and the industry changes.
On a final note:
This is why certain traits persist in the population.