TIK TOK Already
Ke$ha showcases everything that's wrong with music today: The worst of the poptarts terrorizes Houston
In the name of fair-and-just journalism, I feel I have a responsibility to acknowledge that the latest international pop sensation, Ke$ha, is performing at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston on Friday.
As a person who values the art of musical creation and highly respect those who have dedicated their life to learning the language of sound and instrumentation, I have a responsibility to say ... phphphphhphpt.
Ke$ha is to music what a highway lane striper is to painting and a rotisserie hot dog from Valero is to fine dining.
Of all the pop tarts who draw paychecks more for their pretty smiles and junk-in-the-trunk then for what they offer to the evolution of music, Ke$ha is, perhaps, the most befuddling.
Her two best singles (and I use that phrase loosely), "Your Love Is My Drug" and "Tik Tok" from her debut album, Animal are vacant even by the low standards of cotton candy dance pop. Both push the limits of fail-safe recording studio tools like over-synthesized production and Auto-Tuned vocals.
Yet ever since Animal was released on New Year's Day 2010 it has been a holiday for Ke$ha ever since. The album debuted at No. 1 and has sold over three million albums. She has never known a single that didn't make the top 10 (including her latest, "Blow" from the more recent"Cannibal" EP).
"Tik Tok" reached the top of the charts in 11 countries. Lady Gaga had to wear meat to get that kind of momentum!
I don't get the Ke$ha craze. I don't understand the words she writes on her arms, the blue lipstick or the blacklight poster fashions. I especially don't understand why the dollar sign in her name isn't considered open mockery by her fans for all the dollars she' s palmed off of them. Perhaps I never will understand.
All I know is her first headlining concert's title, the Get Sleazy Tour, seems an equally apt moniker for the state of the pop music product the general public has grown to accept as art.
Ke$ha, 8 p.m. Friday at Verizon Wireless Theater