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Everything Is Awesome

Posted by Ryuujin , Feb 08 2014 · 299 views

RIP Tegan and Sara's indie cred

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plus it's a terrible song

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What's the big deal with Indie Cred anyway?

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Ugh. I'd never heard of the two before, but apparently them doing something that increases their exposure so that folks like me learn about them amounts to "selling out". Just a reminder of why I hate so much of music culture.

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hahahahahahahahahaha
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I know, right? Indy didn't even cameo in the LEGO movie!
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nice bait mate

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Ugh. I'd never heard of the two before, but apparently them doing something that increases their exposure so that folks like me learn about them amounts to "selling out". Just a reminder of why I hate so much of music culture.


I like how you felt the need to get all indignant over the opinion of a long-time fan of a band you know nothing about based on a statement that was tongue-in-cheek to begin with.

but no, it's more like they've made a conscious decision to transition from a respected indie rock band to a radio dance-pop band without any of the depth that drew people to them in the first place, culminating in a terrible collaboration with one of the worst musical acts of the last 5 years for the theme song to a Hollywood children's movie.
 
it's not even so much their newfound mainstream popularity or their current musical style that disappoints me (I really liked their latest album and I like a lot of artists who have very similar sounds, such as Chvrches who released my second-favorite album of 2013), it's how far they've deviated from the skills they spent over a decade honing, how blatantly they've given up their roots, and the way they've alienated a large amount of their original fanbase in the process.
 
I honestly still like them a lot (although I hate this stupid song) but I wish they resembled the same band that released some of my favorite albums like The Con and weren't on their way to becoming just another in a sea of artists trying their hardest to be the Next Big Thing™.
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idk part of me rather liked the song, kinda enjoyed it's positive and upbeat note with the energy it had (albeit it's kinda repetitive and simple).

i can't comment on the artists themselves or their previous work since i never listened to it. (but i'm not gonna lie, i tend to enjoy more pop music :l)
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I've got nothing against pop usually, I enjoy a ton of poppy music. Tegan and Sara have always had a bit of a pop element to their music as well, and like I said before, I really enjoyed their latest album which was basically full-on synthpop.

I'm just disappointed with the career path they appear to have decided to take since. it doesn't do them or their image justice.
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Ymper Trymon
Feb 09 2014 11:12 PM

So... a bit like how I'd feel if Jethro Tull suddenly released an autotuned radio rap album?

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hopefully they do what makes them feel fulfilled as artists (though i wouldn't really say that they're necessarily going mainstream and tuning their music for popularity than passion because they made a track for a movie, unless they themselves said something to that effect in an interview).

i'm not like, hugely knowledgeable about the music industry and precisely how it works and all that, but i mean if they're making music they love and pour their passion into, then their songs will likely still hold that same quality as before (if not better)... buuuuut i also do not know how much control record companies have (presuming one picked them up and they signed a contract and all that) over the people they take on and publicize, though i imagine they have enough power to forcefully get the artists to change their music so that it's more popular... and popular things aren't always particularly meaningful or passionate (though there are exceptions). which would suck, because i love running into new artists to listen to music from that's not like the 90billion songs played on the radio that only occasionally appeal to me (like, something that has a more unique style, with interesting and gripping lyrics... even if half the songs i listen to are sung in a language i don't understand >.> [or lack lyrics altogether])

but idk i prolly rambled a little bit and my lack of musical knowledge prolly showed through all between all those spaces (kinda just a "i hope they do what makes them happy" post).

(this is also coming from someone who likes to listen to pon pon pon <.<)
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(though i wouldn't really say that they're necessarily going mainstream and tuning their music for popularity than passion because they made a track for a movie, unless they themselves said something to that effect in an interview).

 
oh, no, that was just the latest in a fairly long line of steps toward the mainstream. their last album, Heartthrob, was about as slick and commercial a pop album as you can find (though still good) and had a hit pop radio single in "Closer", which even ended up being performed on Glee. they started performing with people like Taylor Swift, began signing numerous merchandising and advertising deals, their CDs started showing up in places like Walmart, and now this. 5 years ago I don't think they would've even considered doing a silly nonsensical song for a kids' movie or collaborating with The Lonely Island of all people.

I think the thing that bothers me the most about "Everything Is Awesome" is that it's on its way to becoming the most popular and well-known thing that Tegan and Sara have done. sure, it'll introduce new fans to them, but having been a fan of their music for years now it pains me to see a song like that become the thing they're most known for, to see them become "the band that did that song for the Lego movie" in the eyes of the public.

as a side note, they did literally state that their last album was a conscious effort to go mainstream, with album sales and venue sizes being among their primary considerations when working on it.
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Considering that the creators of the LEGO Movie also got The Lonely Island to contribute to that song... I don't think they were being at all subtle about the song being tongue-in-cheek. It's supposed to be incredibly generic and cheesy, not to mention having not-so-subtle Orwellian overtones like the rest of the movie.

I don't know a lot about Tegan and Sara, but I think if they really do value having a unique sound and creative vision, then it would make perfect sense for them to record a song that actively makes fun of the generic pop music that they have previously avoided. Other artists have done the same thing — for instance, the band Stealers Wheel wrote the song "Stuck in the Middle With You" as a parody of Bob Dylan's musical style and paranoid attitude. It was not at all like any of their other songs, and was probably never intended to become as big a hit as it did.
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