The Not-Metal Corner: Pop Is Awesome… Sometimes

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Everyone likes pop music. To be sure, we don’t all like the same kinds of pop music, but that does not negate my initial (albeit loaded) statement. Pop satisfies a desire for escapism that I think we all have, and to an extent we all have pop that we love somewhere in our record collections.

Many metalheads who grew up in the same era as myself got into heavy music by way of that most loathsome of genres: nu-metal — a genre just as pop as any Katy Perry tune. There are all kinds of obvious differences between (for example) Limp Bizkit‘s “Break Stuff” and Perry’s “E.T.”, but the basic radio-friendly marketability, the appeal to the lowest common denominator, and the addictive quality of the musical hooks peg both artists neatly side-by-side in the pop genre. Older folks may have grown up in the hair-metal era and won’t be able to relate to the nu-metal kids, but you’d still need a damn good argument to convince me that nearly all hair-metal isn’t pop.

Metal has a strange relationship with pop and the mainstream in general. There will always be the purists who exponentially reject music directly proportionate to its accessibility. Is the production clean and easy on the ears? Do they utilize clean vocals? Are they incorporating melodic, tonal passages? Well then it’s not metal! And yet mainstream culture views most of these “sell-outs” as extreme music, hard on the ears and entirely unenjoyable. Try showing a friend who doesn’t like metal Soundtrack to Your Escape-era In Flames and see how poppy they find it.

Pop music is an inherently difficult genre to define. Pop walks hand-in-hand with the desires of the largest group of people in a society. Korn ushered in nu-metal by providing an outlet for the anger of angst-ridden teens. Of course, once people began realizing that nu-metal was something that teenagers connected with, the market exploded with Korn/Limp Bizkit/Insert-Popular-Nu-Metal-Group-Here knockoffs. Clearly the nu-metal bubble had to burst — and burst it did, leaving behind now-adults who crave heavy music but are ashamed to admit the catalyst that sparked the desire.

Why would we ever be embarrassed by the music we used to love? I believe it ties into metal’s aforementioned relationship with pop. Metal is, and always will be, an underground form of music. Every time metal flirts with the mainstream and becomes popular, it will be adamantly rejected by the folks who previously loved metal as sell-out material (see: djent) and quickly forgotten about by the mainstream who has moved onto the next wave of popular music. When those of us who were introduced to (and stuck with) metal through pop music start getting into heavier, more underground forms of the genre, we also start hearing all kinds of pop-bashing, especially pop-metal-bashing. Nu-metal is essentially a curse word, and talking about a Korn tune in a trve metal setting is tantamount to walking into a nursing home and yelling “CUNTING LIFELOVER” at the first old lady you see. Small wonder we don’t often admit our childhood affinity for P.O.D.‘s Satellite (okay, maybe that’s just me).

My discourse here is not to say nu-metal is undeserving of a flush, but to point out the hypocrisy of most (I say most because there’s always one guy who heard Mayhem when he was a child and never looked back, and he’s insufferably proud of it) metalheads when it comes to pop music. Almost nobody starts their journey into metal by throwing on a grindcore album and loving it. Most people start by dabbling in the most generic, pop versions of a genre, and from there gradually explore more underground and challenging versions. Some folks start with power metal, some with nu-metal, some with hair-metal — the list goes on. But it’s not arbitrary that we start out with pop. Pop music is designed to sound good, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t enjoy it simply for itself. Listening to challenging music is like reading an in-depth literary work. It’s amazing, but after a while you just want to throw it away and look at pr0n. And oh, how satisfying it is!

The pr0n I offer you today is the pop-funk-jazz-fusion band, Dirty Loops. This trio of insanely talented Swedes got their break on the internet, doing mind-blowing covers of pop songs and giving no fucks about street cred. Some of their covers are better than others, but the one must-hear tune is their version of Justin Beiber’s “Baby”.

DAT BASS PLAYER. Amirite?

Anyway, YouTube culture is, in my opinion, a bit shit. Everybody and their dog’s dogs are doing cover versions of other people’s material, and it gets old. It’s been old for several years now. For this reason, I was nervous when I first heard Dirty Loops: I liked them, but was terrified they would fall flat on their faces when it came time to produce original music. However, when they finally released their debut album they seriously upped the ante, proving that their talent was genuine and not just a piggyback ride on other successful pop performers. Loopified is a pop album through and through, and is never ashamed. The album is chock-full of their signature style, never forgets the 80’s funk in which they are so firmly rooted, yet incorporates enough modern elements to keep the listener from dismissing it as a throwback novelty. Loopified has quickly become one of the most-played albums in my collection, and it’s a deeply satisfying listen on multiple levels. This is like high-class porn, the stuff that gets yanked off free websites immediately. It’s not going to challenge you to be a better person, or bombard you with metaphor (except for “Sexy Girls”; that tune is clearly calling for violent political upheaval), but it will please you in ways that “out” music just can’t.

So let’s all let our guards down and enjoy pop music for what it is: escapist. I don’t always want to have to listen to an album ten times before it starts sounding good. Sometimes I want to be gratified as quickly as possible, and if it happens that the performers are excellent musicians, all the better. Let’s take a break from our challenging music and masturbate to our musical pr0n, Dirty Loops (metaphorically speaking, though I won’t tell you it can’t be taken literally). And here I leave you with my two favourite Loopified cuts:

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  • Randall Thor
    • Metaphysical Anus

      I kind of do.

      • Randall Thor

        Never saw that one coming

      • Christian Molenaar

        You’re not even real.

    • W.

      Are we posting pop? I can post pop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xf-Lesrkuc

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        I hate this song with a passion. The lyrics make brain bleed.

        • Train makes me really, irrationally angry.

          • W.

            Good. Let the jimmy rustling continue. Actually, I get super pissed if I ever hear that Hey Soul Sister song.

      • Christian Molenaar
        • W.

          I listen to this song way more than I probably should: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aZJBLAu1E

          • Christian Molenaar

            This song is simultaneously repulsing and a total jam for me.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1fzJ_AYajA

          • I was a big fan of the “Go” soundtrack years ago.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Len, No Doubt, Fatboy Slim, Air, Eagle Eye Cherry (lol), and Natalie Imbruglia? This was once some cutting edge stuff.

          • Tyree

            Natalie Imbruglia >>>

          • Randall Thor

            it was only a matter of time, really http://youtu.be/7f_HsjpSVaI

          • W.

            Yessss

          • Pierre Generic

            Same here, Dubya. I have a fondness for 70’s campy disco that no straight man probably should.

      • Randall Thor

        I would be a liar if I said I can’t get totally turnt up to some Lady Gaga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeWBS0JBNzQ

        • Tyree

          RIP Clarence Clemons.

        • the only song i can get into from that album is “Bloody Mary”. i won’t embed, but check it out if you haven’t heard it!

      • Tyree

        Why? Lol

        • W.

          Mostly for the rustling.

  • Tyree

    Great fucking write up man! Totally agree, I’m a metal head at heart but every now an then I just have to listen to something soothing or poppy.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Thanks dude!! I felt the TovH would be a good place to out my irrational love for pop music.

      • Tyree

        Totally!

      • i share this irrational love. <3 katy perry & kelly clarkson. you can't explain that.

        • Tyree

          Dubya loves Katy Perry too.

        • W.

          Oh man. I love me some KP.

          • Tyree

            Same time!

          • Guacamole Jim

            How can you not??

          • W.

            A heart of stone, maybe?

          • Guacamole Jim

            It’s the only explanation. Teenage Dream changed me, man.

          • Tyree

            I try to not like her but, GODDAMN!

        • Occams_Razor_Ramon

          Katy Perry is my jam. No shame.

          • Max

            I defy anybody to deny that “Since U Been Gone” is a really, really good and well-arranged/produced song.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I’m not sure if she really fits under the category, but anyone here like St. Vincent? Interesting semi-pop stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVAxUMuhz98

    • Tyree

      YES! I love St. Vincent.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      St. Vincent is the most pop I can go without vomiting. I enjoyed her newest album.

    • HessianHunter

      By “like” do you mean “madly in love with”? St. Vincent is the absolute shit, stellar music in every capacity.

  • That track “Lost in You” is pretty solid. Fantastic bass playing, good vocals, and horns that sound like Daytona USA Arcade.

    • Guacamole Jim

      The bass player is really the key to the band, to me. He adds so much that even if the other two guys were slackers (which they clearly aren’t) the whole group would sound like magic. I’ve rarely heard a bass player that can play as many notes as he does without sounding muddy or busy.

  • Tyree

    Can’t help it, I just love her voice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcnjAG8pE

  • Tyree

    I have a sneaking suspicion that we are going to see a lot of VEVO in the comment section.

    • Guacamole Jim

      POP FTW

      • W.

        I love Satellite too. Solidarity.

        • Guacamole Jim

          *fist bump*

        • Stockhausen

          Alive was how I felt Alive, man.

  • LADY GAGA MASTER POP RACE

    • no

      • Metaphysical Anus

        What does Mr. Jackie Bauer think of pop music?

        • no

          • Metaphysical Anus

            That’s the correct answer.

        • Christian Molenaar

          Not enough sweeps. Also, somehow the guy from Archspire growling really fast with no change in pitch is acceptable but rap isn’t.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cU0HcuO8Yk

          • W.

            There’s some pretty brutal rap out there:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kmI2UdHdlQ

          • Christian Molenaar

            This song needs some love for its incorporation of trve brvtal slamz.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EZM75GymXY

          • W.

            Xzibit goes hard.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Something’s gone horribly wrong.

          • W.

            I know Edward and I circlejerk these guys a lot, but Beware is pretty ruthless too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqcTVVUFnKQ

          • Tyree

            That intro is so fitting for this song.

          • W.

            It’s spooky!

          • crazytaco_12

            What I love so much about that intro is that it’s their first official song in their discography, and they pretty much were letting the whole world know “We don’t give a fuck, we will do whatever the fuck we want, however we want to do it, we own ourselves, not a label or fans”. Literally the most badass way you could introduce your band, and DG lived up to that reputation.

          • Howard Dean

            I saw “ELP” and immediately thought Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I enjoyed this song much more than I’ve ever enjoyed Emerson, Lake & Palmer, though. There’s only so long you can sit there and listen to a man masturbate with a keyboard.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            No one enjoys ELP. Not even a die hard prog fan like me.

          • KJM

            Greg Lake was better as King Crimson’s vocalist. Apart from the hits, I can live without ELP.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Lake was amazing in Crimson. Emerson just kills ELP for me. Can you fucking leave those keyboards alone for a second?

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            when you think of all the other bands that the 3 members of ELP were in before or started after or joined in between it starts to boggle the mind. I can’t even begin to list them.

          • W.

            I’m glad you dug it. Edward is a huge El-P fan.

          • Howard Dean

            I don’t do hip hop/rap often, but some of it can tickle my fancy. Like chopped & screwed stuff. I just love that insanely deep, slowed, trippy ass sound things take on when they’re chopped & screwed. I don’t do drugs, but listening to that stuff makes me feel like I’m on something.

          • W.

            I joked with Joe a few weeks ago that someone should chop and screw Godlfesh.

          • I have not forgotten about that either. I’m learning how to do it.

          • W.

            Awww yaaaah!

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL
          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            DJ Screw was an innovator

          • NefariousDude

            Are you totes stoked for run the jewels 2? The first was one of my favorite rap albums of 2013

          • Wizard Aura
          • ARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIREARCHSPIRE

          • No I really just hate the mindless repetitive lyrics. I don’t listen to music for the vocals or the lyrics, I listen to the instruments. That’s why I like tech death a lot. The ridiculous vocals in archspire are just an extra benefit imo.

          • W.

            Listen to the rap song I posted and tell me the lyrics are mindless or repetitive.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            There are some hippity hoppity stuff that I can actually listen to, like Immortal Technique.

          • W.

            You’re higher on the totem pole than Jack right now.

          • I was surrounded by pop music my entire childhood in highschool and what not. I’m just sick of it at this point.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Were you forced to listen to christian pop? It was fucking hell.

          • yes. that’s all i heard was pop pop pop. I don’t want anything to do with it at this point.

          • W.

            My statement regards your trite dismissal of hip hop.

          • It’s not a dismissal. I recognize the talent and the passion. I’m just saying it’s not something I’m interested in.

          • I usually hate rap and pop, but check this out.

            http://youtu.be/1jokzz1EvTw?t=11m12s

          • Guacamole Jim

            Oh man. I seriously dig this. I am grooving hard at my desk.

          • Yeah, Hieroglyphics and Deltron 3030 are great. (Del the Funky Hoposapien is in both, as well as a million other things including some Gorillaz songs)

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Thank you bby! Maybe one day I’ll win your love.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Have you checked out RA The Rugged Man? He’s not as deep as IT, but his flow is pretty killer, and it’s not boring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWzYIpUZCk8

          • W.
          • Guacamole Jim

            Dude!! This was the tune that got me into him. Incredible flow.

          • W.

            One of the best I can think. I think El-P is probably at the top of the chain for creativity, and Death Grips had that avant-garde appeal, but RA has killer flow.

          • Occams_Razor_Ramon

            This thread needs more Atmosphere

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbEwHJX95QE

          • Christian Molenaar

            “I really just hate the mindless repetitive lyrics. I don’t listen to music for…the lyrics.”
            1. #cognitivedissonance
            2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrpHzc-kBpw
            Why can’t anyone understand that I’m meticulous

            I reek of putrified flesh

            The soul serated, contaminated

            Exhuming each and every last cell from you

            Kind of clinical, phorensical
            I crash cadavers and suck brains through it

            Cerebelums kaleidoscopic, my melon retains fluid

            Divine intervention between your living spleen

            Seems erratic, static, having mattered to splattered

            Slightly burned dermis

          • Sorry, I respect that you like this, but it sounds like shit to me lol.

      • Jack, listen to “Summerboy” by Lady Gaga. if you can’t tap your toes to that, there ain’t ‘Merican blood runnin’ through them arteries.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          It seems that I don’t have american blood running through me. I am happy now!

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          Someone say “Merica?

          • Republicans across America are having to change their pants after seeing this.

          • W.

            My presidential heart can confirm.

          • Cock of Steele

            “Where’s my mommy? Ahhhh here she is, mother freedom.”

    • Stockhausen

      We may go to war over this.

  • W.

    Would y’all consider Sleigh Bells pop? Because I love Sleigh Bells. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3bSCZXKvUA

    • Gorgasm

      They’re pop but like more noisey than most pop….Also dig sleigh bells.

      Comeback Kid’s where it’s at.

      http://youtu.be/YiwcUdX7XMw

  • Tyree

    Fuck it, I love the new Coldplay song. Kill me now!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRjCeoBqrI

  • Howard Dean

    PANZER DIVISION RADIO ROCK

    • Howard Dean

      I jest, but I actually do like some “pop” (quotes are because I don’t know if the bands I like would actually be considered pop by the mainstream). Though I am admittedly more of the “trve kvltist” than the “listen to tons of pop on the side” guy, and the first bands I listened to when I first started getting into music were the Big Four (which were sort of pop in their own strange “metal is pop in the ’80s” kind of way), I do have some “pop” favorites. I’ve always had a soft spot for Stone Temple Pilots (even if Scott Weiland is a crazy asshole). Recently, I’ve really been getting into Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (as much as she can be considered “pop”). My pop intake is limited.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    What is it with Sweden that they seem to generate a plethora of insanely talented not-metal and not-quite-metal bands? Seems like just about every new retro sounding proto-metal band that pings my radar is from Sweden. Thank Odin they aren’t an imaginary land like Finland.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I think (and am not entirely sure) that in Sweden you can focus on music in school from a younger age, if you’re so inclined. That, and it’s not imaginary.

      • Mr Poturdlehead

        Don’t forget the socialism and excellent government welfare for bands in Scandinavia…

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt

        Meanwhile in the U.S., when a school district has budget problems, the music program is the first thing cut.

        • Stockhausen

          CUZ SPORTS

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            Indeed.

          • Steve Smithwick

            To be fair, sports are all-important metaphors for the struggle of humanity.

    • Randall Thor

      ABBA and Ace of Base and Dirty Loops and probably infinitely more

      • W.

        We used to jam Ace of Base when we got tired of metal in undergad.

        • Wizard Aura

          Used to jam Ace of Base? I’m so disappointed… “The Sign” deserves to be heard at least once a day.

    • FeelTheDarkness
    • Mother Shabubu III

      Because Breach.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Well, Finland is still better than Sweden, even if we’re imaginary.

      • Scrimm

        Incorrect. Sweden will always be better, cause Dismember. And Grave.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I agree that Sweden is musically better than Finland, but every other way not.

  • This is a newer track. It’s disgustingly twee but I’m still really into it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAn3JdtSrnY

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      hahahhahaha, i love this, everybody’s musical skeletons are coming out of the closet, musical freedom for all, only on the toilet ye are not judged.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I’m amazed that nobody’s posted this yet. This song, despite its meme-ness, is one of my favourite pop tunes ever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    • I’m a big fan of his “other” tune.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nKsnQsi0EQ

      • Guacamole Jim

        I pretty much perpetually <3 Rick Astley. He never lets me down. Or runs around and hurts me.

    • Tyree
      • W.

        Oh gosh. She really should never be allowed to dress like that, but I do <3 this song.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Never bring up Cher around me. I never want to speak of her or hear her name as long as I live.

        • Tyree

          Hahaha, Yeah I can understand. When I got offered free tickets I just had to say yes. Pat Benatar is opening up which is a plus!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I never want to hear her music again. At least the tickets were free.

          • KJM

            I’d go to see Pat Benatar and leave afterward.

          • Tyree

            I’m going to try and svffer through the whole thing. It should be quite the abomination.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            benatar was always good, a lot of hard rock, a few ballads. Actually taylor Momsen reminds of her.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            chuck’s only number one hit on the billboard charts ! Plus he had cameras in the womens bathrooms of his club. What a legacy, geezuz i feel sorry for the guy. this song is about as shitty as you can get though , hahahahhahhahhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaEC-lWSlmI

    • Guppusmaximus

      Well, I’m not ashamed of my love for the hits from Howard Jones. “What is Love” is absofuckinglutely brilliant…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smmtzejfpZ8

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        When it comes to 80’s pop I go all out. I love A Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and Ultravox. Here’s two of my favorite Ultravox albums and a song by AFOS.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzmqAlA-8Zw

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imIW41AmclY

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpfWORQWhU

        • Guppusmaximus

          Agreed! 80s pop / New Wave really has no bad picks imho. Some of my favs: Definitely, Duran Duran as well as The Outfield (1st album), Men at Work (Business as Usual), Tears for Fears, Level 42 (Something about you), Simple Minds (Theme for Breakfast Club), When in Rome (The Promise), Depeche Mode (Violator) and on & on…

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Aw man, I love Simple Minds! I have the first two Men At Work albums on vinyl and they are very good. Very little filler on either album. You probably remember A Flock of Seagulls and Ultravox and they are oddly good for what they are.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Yea, unfortunately, I only listened to the hits from Flock.. I should probably re-investigate. As for Ultravox, seriously, I knew of them but never gave them a chance probably because of funding. Oh well, I was young and we didn’t have the wonderful webbing of intertubes like we do now… *Argh, me matey*

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Flock has some good albums after their first one such as the one from 1984, Dream Come True from 1986 and their 1995 album The Light At The End of the World. I didn’t like their album Listen from 1983. I consider it a clone of the first album.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I’ll have to check out the stuff from ’95 first. I thought Depeche Mode’s releases in the 90s were their best. I was consumed by “Ultra”… Amazing album!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I loved Violator and I consider it one of Depeche Mode’s classic recordings like Some Great Reward and Black Celebration. Unlike most DM fans I hate Music for the Masses. They had something going with Some Great Reward and Black Celebration and then they stop the darker pop for an upbeat attempt to become more mainstream then they were. People were going to love them anyway, why bother going away from what made you famous? They did return to darker themes with Violator which I consider their peak of depressing pop.

        • Cock of Steele
          • Guppusmaximus

            Granted, I only ever liked their one breakout hit “Our House”. I think in all of Madness’ Pop genius they were one of the originators of Ska…

          • Wizard Aura

            Madness doesn’t count ’cause that shit is ska. Ska is what you listen to if you’re in the high school marching band and even pop music is to edgy for you…

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I have this album on cassette. I won’t play it because I want to preserve it for all time.

    • Occams_Razor_Ramon

      This is one of my favorite songs ever. It just makes me so damn happy every time I hear it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsj2wdFDmLk

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I love this songs as well. I’m happy this was in the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

    • NefariousDude

      Sussudio

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        That is my least favorite Phil Collins song ever. That whole album in my opinion was terrible and sounds so dated today that it’s scary.

        • NefariousDude

          It’s the only Phil Collins song I know besides in the air or whatever because I’m a punk ass 90s baby lol

      • Wizard Aura

        I was at this bar in Los Feliz doing karaoke and butchering “In the Air Tonight” so hard that dudes gonged me like 3 lines into the song. As I took my ultimate vibe killer victory walk back to the bar to get my whisky, this old dude comes up to me and says “Bruh, I produced that whole album. What the fuck?” I was like “Bruh bruh, I totally fuck with Phil Collins.” He was like “Yo, peace born knowledge, gods hired me and I turnt those drums the fuck up.” I was like “Word.”

        • NefariousDude

          That’s rocket

    • Gorgasm

      I actually enjoy being Rick Roll’d, because I enjoy generic 80s new wave.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I don’t really hate pop, but I don’t like pop. I had to listen to christian pop for the most of my childhood. Pop is just poison to my ears after that experience.

    • Guacamole Jim

      It’s funny, because I had similar experiences with pop when I was a kid, and it really soured me. But as I got older, I really started coming around to it, especially as I started getting better at music and realizing the sheer talent that went into producing a good pop song. Clearly now I have no shame for my love of pop.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        My parents didn’t allow me to listen to anyhting else for a long while. Then the modern electronic pop is just not for me. It feels more like social music, and I never have been a social person. Plus, it usually gives me a headache.

  • Randall Thor

    ITT: We all admit that we are secretly massive posers.

    • I’ve been upfront from the beginning about my poserdom.

    • The Theory of Heavy Relativity:

      H=mc2(squared), where m is metal music, c is cunting lifelover music, and H is the threshold of heaviness a person can stand (as you approach zero, you can stand heavier sounds, because zero is nothing, and we all know there is nothing heavier than nihilism). Oddly enough, you get the same result if you listen to zero metal, as if you listen to zero cunting lifelover music, whereas listening to any amount of both takes you mathematically further from Absolute Nihilism (zero).

      • Randall Thor

        So listening to no music means the equation results in zero, which means you are the heaviest possible? It may be time to revise your equation.

        • I told you–there is nothing heavier than Nihilism! Someone that listens to no music is the embodiment of nihilism!

          • Randall Thor

            Hellen Keller is heavier than all of us

          • Holy shit, you’re right! And she’ll never know (sheds single tear).

  • Tyree

    This is a pop album that I fucking love too. So many great songs. Sinead was awesome.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnqOhuuP70

    • KJM

      Her 1st 2 discs were great and then there was a big drop off in quality IMO.

      • Tyree

        Agreed! The Lion and the Cobra is fucking amazing. Troy all day long.

  • Arianna Grande FTW

    • W.
      • Metaphysical Anus

        Weeping…

      • Tyree

        Is this that Nickelodeon girl?

        • W.

          Not sure. I don’t get regular tv.

      • Scrimm

        You guys are killing me.

        • W.

          Good! Let the galaxy burn!

          • Scrimm

            I might write a song about that after we finish composing our Innsmouth themed ep.

          • W.

            Innsmouth, eh?

          • Scrimm

            Yeah. The full length already has a song about Colour Out of Space and a ton of other H.P. nods, but we decided to go all in next time.

          • W.

            Awesome. Lemme know when it’s done.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        This is Ariana’s one good song. I also like her because she’s so attractive.

      • KJM

        fapfapfap

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        pretty sure she was part of the fappening.

  • “Metal is, and always will be, an underground form of music. Every time metal flirts with the mainstream and becomes popular, it will be adamantly rejected by the folks who previously loved metal as sell-out material…”

    Absolutely false. Heavy Metal is not punk or hardcore. “Metal” is historically a type of music that, from its very foundation, has sought to be larger than life. There are underground sub-genres and such but the pioneering bands of heavy metal in the seventies and eighties have all sought to be commercially successful.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I agree with you, but I’m speaking towards metal in its current incarnation, and what I see metal becoming in the future. While the pioneers of heavy metal strove for success (and achieved it), metal has taken on its own life now, and I see that life as being underground. Also, there are purists who won’t listen to older, popular heavy metal because it’s not underground enough for them, and that’s more the point I was trying to get at–that the relationship between metal, its listeners, and mainstream culture is a difficult one to pin down or understand.

  • Scrimm

    I tried to think of something, but my Iggy video obsession aside I cant think of any pop that doesn’t make me cringe.

  • Dental_Damnation

    The Mario Kart Synths are a little much.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    Thriller a hot jam from start to finish to* this day.

  • Occams_Razor_Ramon
    • W.

      I love her Mastodong cover.

      • Occams_Razor_Ramon

        I’m sure this will be a shock, but I own that 7″ they released. I love Mastodon’s cover of A Commotion as well.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      She was on the Steven Colbert Christmas special and she did a great song along with John Legend. Here’s the songs her and John Legend did.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ZCxgp1eBQ

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYf2yFD-iIk

      • JWG

        That was fun, but really, nothing even comes close to the Willie Nelson tune on that soundtrack.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          That song was so amazing. The first time I watched that Christmas special I was doubled over in serious pain from laughing. I have the special on DVD so I can watch it whenever I want. The next time I was doubled over in such pain was during an episode of a show called Comedians in cars Getting Coffee that had Louis CK. Louis CK is a comedic genius.

  • NefariousDude

    Haims “Days Are Gone” was my favorite album of 2013. Crucify me, I love those bitches.

    • That and Sky Ferreira’s record were in my top 5.

      • NefariousDude

        I really enjoy everything is embarrassing. I wish there was more stuff like that on her full length. Her boyfriends band DIIV are pretty good if you’re into heroin addicts making surfy shoe gaze

        • Everything is Embarrassing is just a 5-star jam. I dig some of the DIIV stuff (via being an indie guitar nerd) but that guy seems like such an assclown it kinda takes some of the enjoyment out of it.

          • NefariousDude

            Yeah heroin is dumb. You dig wild nothing? Nocturne is still in rotation haha.

          • “Paradise” will forever be a summer jam for me, mang.

          • NefariousDude

            Hold me, Thrashnkill.

          • I’m pretty sure we are best friends and lovers now.

          • NefariousDude

            *”Only Thrashnkill” plays quietly in background*

  • Guppusmaximus

    “but you’d still need a damn good argument to convince me that nearly all hair-metal isn’t pop.”

    That’s because it was really Glam Rock not Hair Metal…

    Anyways if you love pop covers Gergo Borlai & Tamas Barabas did one for Katy Perry’s ET. It was fucking amazeballs! Unfortunately he had to remove it from Youtube and didn’t respond to my message requesting a copy *sniff, sniff*. Well, this one was pretty rad too…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVNCodovo00

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I love Rihanna. I love her music and don’t even get me started on her looks. She’s so damn attractive.

      • Guppusmaximus

        Can’t say I share your love for her music but, yea, she’s pretty hot. Gergo nails that fucking song and then takes it up a billion notches!

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          Is there any guy who won’t admit that they think Rihanna is hot?

          • Guppusmaximus

            I dunno how you wouldn’t. Granted she’s not necessarily my “type” (I prefer Soleil Moonfrye) but I wouldn’t throw her out of bed for eating crackers… *Ba-Dum-Boom-Tiss*

  • Man, that bassist is fucking good, but there’s just something about his face.
    http://i.imgur.com/Iyunl10.gif

  • pop or not, this is why I’m here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Oh how much I hate Nirvana.

      • NIRVANA >>>>>> YOUR GOOD FOR NOTHING DIVE BAR BAND

        LONG LIVE DAVE GROHL
        DAVE GROHL > DANISH PROPHET

        I’M A NEGATIVE CREEP AND I’M STONED

        • Metaphysical Anus

          This doesn’t change the fact that I absolutely detest (abhor, loathe, despise) Nirvana. I would rather disembowel myself than say that Nirvana is good.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Can we get married? I love you so much because you hate Nirvana. I have opinions of Cobain that I will not share as they are extremely offensive and controversial. I would rather be drawn and quartered than listen to Cobain whine about absolutely nothing. The only reason people like him is because they consider him a god. I consider him Satan when it comes to what he did to hard rock and metal. If grunge had not gotten big than so many hard rock bands and so many metal bands wouldn’t have suffered critically and performance wise.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I would maybe marry you of I were gay. But I like how you hate Nirvana as well. I have had a hard time finding other people that hate Nirvana.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m not gay, but I hate Nirvana more than anything from the 90’s. I hated them more than Furby, more than Beanie Babies and more than Myst. I would rather have someone give me a can of Surge and then when I drank it there was acid in the can that melted my insides than listen to Nirvana. It’s so hard to find anyone in America that hates Nirvana and almost impossible to find people that hate them at the level I do.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I have eaten spicy food for three days now. The tandoori chicken is calling me to the toilet! It burns so much!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love my spicy food. I have ghost pepper hot sauce that I only use for special occasions. I wonder what would happen if I drank the whole bottle of it…

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I would probably shit all of my intestines out.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m sure I would too. I found out that the band HIM is from Finland. Does anyone out in Finland like them as much as their US fans?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I don’t know how much their US fans like them. I guess there are a lot HIM fans here as well. I just happen to dislike them.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            They got really big over here thanks to one of my favorite skateboarders Bam Margera of CKY and a band with him and Dani Filth called Fuckface Unstoppable. I bought their remix album for 2010 earlier this year for 3 dollars. I only got into them earlier this year and it was for a brief period of time.I still enjoy them more than Jefferson Starship and especially Starship.

        • Further Down the Metal Hole

          Riotact, is that you?

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I love you even more now. I hate Nirvana more than any other artist that ever walked the earth in the 90’s. I believe their depressing shit music is a direct ripoff of much better artists like Screaming Trees. I hate Soundgarden but compared to Nirvana they are gods. Nirvana and especially Pearl Jam ripped off Neil Young. Pearl Jam did better though by doing that and they did a live album with Neil Young called Mirrorball. I have a copy of it somewhere.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      i am with you on this, nevermind is a perfectly written album , i consider it metal although people called it grunge. Bleach was a great album too. What i don’t understand is everybody idolizes grohl but he plays softer rock/pop top 40 than nirvana ever did. He has also written nothing as good as nevermind or in utero for that fact. It’s a mystery. Guy does the one probot album and he is the ambassador of metal in the mainstream rock/pop world.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    One thing I love is 80’s pop. I love Duran Duran way more than any metalhead should. I want to get my hair cut to look like the singer of A Flock of Seagulls. Also, who can forget this music video?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914

    • Guppusmaximus

      I still love that song and that video. I like this one too:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ_j_RW2Z60

    • Tyree
    • Gorgasm

      Dude, Duran Duran is also my guilty pleasure…I could listen to “The Reflex” for hours.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I don’t even consider them a guilty pleasure, I just love them. I could listen to anything they wrote for hours, especially their albums up until 1995. Their song Come Undone in my opinion is like a sexy red dress then the intro starts and then the dress comes off and the sex begins. When the song ends I consider it the two loves lying in bed, satisfied with what went down. The song is a turn on for me.

        • Max

          If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Power Station. Mid-’80s supergroup with 2 Durannies, Chic’s awesomeTony Thompson on drums, Robert Palmer on vocals (!), playing what could be described as proto-funk metal, or perhaps soul-metal crossover.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-6eM9UZFGU

          This is the first record I ever got – and I’m adamant that it does actually have a relevant link to what I listen to now.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I enjoyed them, but not as much as their Arcadia side project. It was gothic atmospheric pop. The group had one album called So Red The Rose and I loved it.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            andy taylor had one decent solo album as well.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            yea this is good stuff, their cover of bang a gong is top notch too. Did you like this girl from tron ?

          • Max

            Cindy Morgan can abduct me into a computerized plane of existence and make me race those grid bikes in her honour any time she likes.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            here is something horrible but i watched the video when i was a kid because hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2up7su7CeMUe singer had a bizarre sexiness about her. Weird music.

  • Cock of Steele

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Fditzd-JM I love it when this comes on.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    This is how you write a pop song

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS_ux2H473I

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Robert Smith is a genius. Disintegration is one of my favorite pop albums ever and Friday I’m In Love is one of the greatest pop songs ever.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    While I remember it, here is the greatest saxophone solo ever. It’s from a song called Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIw09oqsYo

    • Guppusmaximus

      Classic track. Too bad the sax part is the only thing I like about it…

      For trumpet, I suggest some Herb Alpert

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC38-qqiVgg

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        That man knows how to do an album with trumpet.

    • JWG

      Wild. I just ran into this video as one of the recommended ones compared to my current viewing.

      You know how sometimes you do that a few times, and get further and further away from your original song type? I kind of think that was what happened here, because this is where I started four steps earlier:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz26fcmq3S8

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I love Triumph. They’re probably my favorite power trio not named Rush.

      • Dude, I just spun my Allied Forces record yesterday. Triumph rules.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I have Allied Forces, Just A Game, Thunder Seven and The Sport Of Kings on vinyl. I feel like listening to a record but I’m not sure which one I will listen to. I guarantee I will not listen to either of the Jefferson Starship albums I have, one of which is a greatest hits. I only bought the greatest hits because it said it had the single from the Star Wars Christmas Special with it. It had a Cher single instead and boy do I hate Cher.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          For me growing up these bands are all i listened to from about 81 to 85.

          1. rush
          2. triumph
          3. saga

          factoid – phil x , the canadian guitarist who played on triumph’s disatrous edge of excess album attempting to replace rik emmett (an impossible and ridiculous venture) NOW plays for bon jovi replacing ritchie sambora. Pretty sweet gig i would say. I thought old phil had dropped off the face of the musical earth. Oh well, never say never in this business. Thats the beauty of the show business, mork tornillo gets his big break with accept at age 50 ! Thats a fucking miracle and he worked his whole life for it. Nice to see the veterans finally get some glory after slogging it out for 30 years.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      this is a great song, so is right down the line.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        It’s a shame Gerry Rafftery died in 2011. Question: Is Kansas good live? They’re coming near me and I was wondering if I should go see them. I enjoy their albums enough to own six of them on vinyl. I still have to find Masque, Song for America and their albums from Audio Visions up to Power on vinyl.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          I would go for sure if i had the chance, make sure steve walsh is singing though, i heard something about him retiring , maybe after this tour. Make sure he is singing since it would be the shits without him. What did you think of the 2 albums they did with steve morse.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I think he did his last performance with them already. I’ve heard his replacement isn’t half bad and the albums they did with Steve Morse were very good. I own of of the albums they did with him, the one from 1988. I bought it for a dollar on vinyl and I enjoyed it. I also have their double live album Two For The Show on vinyl of which I enjoy.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i have 2 for the show and a triple cd best of , that’s all i need, i am a big live album fan probably because the first rush album i got was exit stage left on cassette. I wanted moving pictures but it was sold out. Still my favorite live album. Remember back in the old days bands like rush, scorpions, ozzy, maiden could release live albums and they would easily go platinum. Those days are gone.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            It’s a shame. The only band who can make a good live album still is Rush. They did a live album from their tour last year that was great as usual. I have Moving Pictures, Signals, 2112 and Hemispheres on CD and Hold Your Fire on cassette. I know that all the Rush remasters they did for the albums from their debut up until Roll The Bones are five dollars at Best Buy and Barnes and Noble. The only things I buy from Barnes & Noble are their Rush remasters. I still have to pick up their output from Grace Under Pressure up until Roll The Bones on CD.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I own six Kansas album on vinyl including Two For The Show. The albums are the debut, Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Monolith and In The Spirit of Things. I’ve tried to find the albums I am missing but I can only find Masque wherever I go. I’ve seen copies of Song for America and Audio Visions but I have never seen copies of Vinyl Confessions, Drastic Measures or Power at a reasonable price. I’ve seen those three once before at a store in this mall called the Palisades and they were extremely overpriced at 15 dollars each. If they are there next time I go there I’ll pick them up due to my inability to find them elsewhere. I’m sure I can get them down to a good price with some bargaining.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I consider Kansas from 1980 to 1988 a fake Kansas. Audio Visions up to Power are in my opinion a different band under the name Kansas. I like Steve Morse and all but Power was not a Kansas album. It was nothing like their stuff from their classic era and it was even worse than their Christian album Vinyl Confessions and Drastic Measures. I do like the song All I Wanted off Power though.

  • Guppusmaximus

    How ’bout some Meghan Trainor for your viewing & listening pleasure (yes, I’m all about that bass)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk

    • Pierre Generic

      First time I heard it I thought it was that Duffy girl trying to make a comeback. Doubt anyone remembers Duffy. She was supposed to be the new Amy Winehouse until Adele showed up and put a end to that.

  • KJM

    I’m more of a 60s-70s Pop music person myself, including the R&B/Soul end of it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C4B38etY4k

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      When it comes to pop from the 70s I love 10CC and especially the Kansas albums that I consider pop rock such as Point of Know Return and Monolith. I consider Monolith the last great Kansas album as everything after it was not good except In The Spirit of Things.

  • I am an unashamed and unironic fan of Justin Timberlake. I also really like the new Sia and Lana del Rey.
    http://youtu.be/FyXtoTLLcDk

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I don’t listen to the radio and I haven’t for years. I listen to my CD collection. I have no idea about the new pop that you guys are talking about. I will say that the new Counting Crows came out yesterday if anyone is interested. And the Pixies have a new CD that came out this year.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I never liked Counting Crows or Pixies. When it comes to 90s rock I liked Screaming Trees, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Oasis, Stone Roses and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) Spin Doctors. I hate that I like Spin Doctors but Two Princes was a damn great song.

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        I like mist of those bands, but I loved Dishwalla, and I Really love Catherine Wheel. They are still one of my favorites. Girls Against Boys are great and they finally released a new CD 2 years ago ( I discovered it last year.) I still listen to Primitive Radio Gods, The Flamming Lips, Modest Mouse, The National, and Built To Spill.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I hate Modest Mouse. I like Flaming Lips because of their album Zaireeka and their tribute to Dark Side of The Moon.

  • JWG

    I confess. I dig some synth-pop, but only a very limited subset. I like this song/video for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRedqQIEsh4

    It actually does make me want to go for a completely aimless drive into the woods. So, goal achieved, maybe?

    …Although there’s a moment or two that her vocal style lapses back into the high-pitched nasal whine of album #1 (heck if I could even remember what’s called without Googling). Almost lost me there. As do the ‘related videos’ at the end, if only for the abundance of images of that douchenozzle husband of hers…

    I even kind of like the first true single, even if its flatly ‘upbeat’ repetitiveness reminds me more of that first album than the more adventurous ‘Siberia’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqRA09FVB2I

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    I like a lot of gothic pop and rock like Sisters of Mercy, Gene Loves Jezebel and especially HIM. I don’t consider HIM metal as the only thing that could be considered metal about them is the guitars. Everything else sounds like gothic pop rock. Here’s a song of HIM’s that I like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvxRTs9bVoo

  • Gorgasm

    I enjoy listening to Lana Del Ray……THERE I SAID IT!!!!

    I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY!!!

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Gorgasm has a soft side.

      • Gorgasm

        Yup….It’s all squishy in the inside. That’s where I keep my adoration for Lana, Adele and Florence + The Machine.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I have a small soft place inside where my love of dogs is. Around that is ice that contains hatred.

    • old_man_doom

      I enjoy listening to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” when it comes on the radio at the gym.

      THERE I SAID IT TOO!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      She is good. I admit I like her.

  • old_man_doom

    Oingo Boingo anyone? I just got this record in the mail, gonna spin it all day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iypUpv9xelg

  • Gorgasm

    As far as pop goes, I think this is pretty metal
    1. Derek is formerly of Poison The Well
    2. NOISE!!!
    3. Chris from Trap Them was their touring drummer.

    http://youtu.be/WfGtB6K8q8k

  • ParallaxativeHyperStool

    Dirty loops is hot shit, I posted them in the facebook group a while back. The live studio shit they have on youtube is all killer.

  • Gorgasm

    Here’s one of my favorite no-loud-music-because-i’m-too-damned-hungover tunes. Guy from Reykjavik also is on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label.

    Mugison
    http://youtu.be/1Sl4jJbJYQw

  • HessianHunter

    My pop-genre of choice is absolutely pop punk. Sum 41 were even kind enough to throw in some thrash riffs so as to become a perfect band.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO-mSLxih-c#t=01m02s

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Never got into pop punk outside of Green Day. I hate most of it because my sister loves it way too much. I still consider American Idiot an important influence to me musically though as well as the album 21st Century Breakdown they did in 2009. On the other hand the triple album Green Day did in 2012 was one of the worst things I have ever heard. The only reason I care about punk music in general is because of Green Day and Black Flag.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      When it comes to this kind of music I like the band Screaming Trees. I consider Sum 41 more like alternative rock than pop punk. Screaming Trees was an alternative rock who was lumped in with the grunge movement but predated it by 5 years. I think they were amazing and in my opinion they blew Nirvana out of the water. They are one of many grunge bands who released albums in 1996 before disbanding only Screaming Trees never reformed like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains did. It’s a shame as they were amazing enough that I bought a bootleg of an album they did in 1999 that went unreleased until 2011. I never bought the official version because even though I would have bought it in a heartbeat I didn’t want to get in and then neglect the bootleg I have of the album that I paid quite a bit for. Here’s a copy of their final album Dust that I recommend you listen to.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CseYw86zLS4

  • P0P Kvltvr3

    Can’t forget about the Moz!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    While on the subject of pop Jefferson Starship and Starship are abominations of the pop genre and the rock genre. I have a longstanding hatred for them and even though I own two albums by Jefferson Starship I did not buy them, I got them as gifts. It’s tragic Jefferson Airplane went from that greatness to the horror that was Starship between 1970 and 1985. I’m sorry for anyone that had to watch this happen as it happened.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7dJ3a-U6WQ

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    I don’t try to be troo (although I never will be, with quite an amount of nu metalish music in my collection), it’s just that I could never listen to pop as I’d be thinking “I could be listening to juicy riffs right now” most of the time.

    f I want something poppier, I usually just choose some cleaning singing with my metal, which in my mind equates to pop for some reason.

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      With that said, you definitely made me curious, so I’ll check out the clips you posted at some point.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I don’t try to be trve either. I love my nu metal and I certainly love synthpop from the 80’s. One of my favorite albums is Fundamental Elements of Southtown by POD. I love Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and A Flock of Seagulls quite a bit.

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        I must admit though, if there’s pop music that makes me lift my head and listen, it almost always is something from the 80’s. Also because my brother is a huge 80’s fan and loves to blast it at parties.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I love the 80’s more than any other era of time. The only 80’s band I absolutely hate is Culture Club. When it comes to 80’s music I love all the bands like Journey and Toto, all the hair metal and especially the synthpop. The only bad thing about the 80’s was the downfall of basically every prog band into pop rock, especially Yes and Kansas. I enjoy 80’s Genesis and I consider Invisible Touch a masterpiece of pop music.

  • Super Saiyan Soup

    These guys are from my hometown and have been one of my favorite bands for a while now. Perfect pop jams. Ultra fun live shows too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWBld1FltnE