George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016, and my first reaction was, “Oh, well, another pop music icon from the ’80’s died.” But I was surprised to realize when they were replaying all his hit songs that I knew every single lyric from all his songs. I soon realized how great his singing talent was, and how great his songs were, and enough time had passed to realize how great, as tacky as they were, ’80’s pop music was. I took it for granted that there was always great music blaring from the radio or from MTV, but those days are long gone. Now, there are a LOT of bad singers out there, and they all sound the same and use the same music track behind their bad singing that I don’t even bother turning the radio on anymore.
No, I wasn’t a huge George Michael fan back then, because he was, to me, as a twelve year-old, a bit much. Now, middle aged, I can ingest his lyrics and the topics of his songs a lot better. I wish we can go back to putting the blinders back on and just enjoy the songs with virgin ears and ignorantly sing along to the heavy lyrics that a lot of these pop songs had. Now, with all the hidden meanings of all these songs revealed, the fun of listening to them has disappeared.
Now, we’re just stuck with listening to all these crappy songs with crappy lyrics sung by crappy singers.