Friday, February 17, 2012

Quote of the Day: Fool Fighters Edition

"I love all kinds of music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn't matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that all human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician's personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and... human." (On technological advances in the recording of music:) "That's exactly what I was referring to, the 'human element,' that thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like people. Somewhere along the line those things became 'bad' things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily 'fixed.' The end result? In my humble opinion... a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place. I try really fucking hard so that I don't have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that's what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real."

-- Dave Grohl, "clarifying" his Grammy acceptance speech from Sunday night, which was knee-jerked by a few pissy, hypersensitive electronic elitists as some kind of broadside against dance music, which it clearly wasn't

I trust that now that it's been spelled out in terms that even the Dennis Romeros of the world can understand, this ridiculous horseshit controversy can be put to rest.

Update: I honestly kind of saw this coming, but rather than making the wise decision to back off, Dennis Romero is actually doubling-down on his royal fuck-up. He posted another column in LA Weekly just a little while ago which takes full credit for Grohl's decision to "clarify" his statement, calls him a dinosaur, makes ridiculous veiled references to homophobia, and throws around the term "EDM" like it's the password to get past the velvet rope at a secret club. I'd link to it, but why? At this point Romero's just trolling, so I see no need to continue helping to give him the most attention he's gotten in his entire meaningless career. At this point, it's best to just laugh him off.


J. Dack said...

Gotta love Dave. He put into words exactly what I've been saying for a while now. I *like* lo-fi, I like stuff that sounds raw and not so squeaky clean like 99% of radio rock.

I just bought the Black Keys "El Camino" and it sounds like it was recorded in someone's garage. I love it.

kanye said...

Dennis, or Denis, is either the first or last name of a male derived from the Greco-Roman name Dionysius meaning "servant of Dionysus", the Thracian god of wine.

Fucking Thracians.

Busayo said...

@ kanye: It is my firm desire that soon, the gods shall remove cock from the mouth of Dennis/Denis. Or leave it be for our merriment.

Also, Dave Grohl is one of the best human beings on the planet.

FabMax said...

Having read a few other music-related articles (especially the best and worst lists), I'm convinced that that site writes up controversial articles for traffic in general.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Dave Grohl is perfectly right. I was hearing an analysis of music on CBC yesterday that made no reference to this kerfuffle, but brought up the same points he brings up ("when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp"), plus a couple more similar ones; pointing out that that's what makes it "human music" that people like, whereas we often get bored pretty quickly of computer generated music.

kanye said...