One of the perks of running a blog--even one like Rebel Frequencies that strives to be more than a non-stop rant--is that the writer has an opportunity to vent in a healthy manner.
In that spirit, I would like to express how profoundly sick I am of seeing the Jonas Brothers everywhere.
Here is example number one of a musical act (note that I am refraining from calling them "artists") that would not exist were it not for the music industry. They are nothing more than creations of Disney (who after making up the term "tween" are now determined to corner the market).
If not for the ever-present industry, then we wouldn't have to see the brothers' images pasted up everywhere, we wouldn't have to put up with their massacre version of "Hello, Good-bye" in Target commercials, and we wouldn't have to put up with rhetoric about how "wholesome" they are (you know, with their Evangelical beliefs, promise rings, and abstinence from drugs and alcohol).
The immortal Bill Hicks had the perfect words for "wholesome" acts like this when talking about the New Kids on the Block:
"'Oh, come on Bill. Don't pick on the New Kids. They're so good and wholesome and they're such a good image for the children.' Fuck that. Since when is mediocrity and banality a good image for your children? I want my kids listening to people who fucking rocked! I don't care if they died in puddles of their own vomit; I want my kids listening to someone who plays from his fucking heart!"
Alas, acts like this don't need heart. They have a more important social role. Make no mistake, it's not just that the Jonas Brothers are marketed relentlessly and at the same time "happen" to be pabulum. Entertainment of this character has a very specific ideological agenda behind it: to reinforce an impossible level of "morality" to dull the pain of reality. The crumbling economy, the decline in living standards for young people, the fact that any one of us might be sent to die in a meaningless war--Disney chooses not to deal with all this (they are, after all, at least indirectly responsible for it), instead insulting our intelligence with cliched versions of "good Christian values" wrapped up in a shiny package.
Reality has always been an after-thought for Disney--remember, they also refused to distribute Fahrenheit 9/11)--and as for true, honest, gritty music that actually reflects that reality? Forget it.