Friday, April 12, 2002

THINGS WE HATE IN MUSIC: "Bling Bling." It's all very well snorting at out of date slang and phrases - of course people saying "Groovy", "Punk's not dead" and "Robbie Williams is cheeky, innhe?" are risible, but that's because language dates and there's nothing as stale as yesterday's fresh mintings. But at least for a brief while, it sounds good and fresh. Not so "bling bling" - considering the whole R&B scene is meant to be the new home of rap's fastest wits and most inventive talkers, how ever did anyone ever decide to use this phrase for cash without being given a ritual debagging? It sticks out like a sore thumb in "the" J-Lo's Aint it funny, and makes any number of garage tracks sound like they've been guest-lyriced by the Teletubbies. For god's sake, stop it now.

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