The Black Eyed Peas (”musical” group)
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  • That parody comes from the '05 season of Saturday Night Live, but six years later, as we've unfortunately had to watch the ascendancy of this horrific outfit, seeing the Peas sell millions of records all over the world, pop up on the cover of Rolling Stone as the #1 reason to get excited about music in 2010, and most recently, put on a neon soul-crushing, overblown yet underwhelming Super Bowl halftime show featuring a medley of their songs which all sound like ringtones to begin with, it is clear that SNL had a crystal ball on this one
  • They can behead as many bystanders as needed, I just hope they don't headline the Goodbye Earth tribute concert

    • by Nick Addison
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      Banal pop music is an easy target even for the less than brilliant observers among us, and cultural satirists regularly jab at flash-in-the-pan musical phenomena. Is it always deserved? Or accurate? Or eerily prescient in terms of where such acts are headed in the mainstream musical landscape? Perhaps not. But sometimes…

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      That parody comes from the ‘05 season of Saturday Night Live, but six years later, as we’ve unfortunately had to watch the ascendancy of this horrific outfit, seeing the Peas sell millions of records all over the world, pop up on the cover of Rolling Stone as the #1 reason to “get excited about music” in 2010, and most recently, put on


      a neon soul-crushing, overblown yet underwhelming Super Bowl halftime show featuring a medley of their songs which all sound like ringtones to begin with, it is clear that SNL had a crystal ball on this one.

      In the RS cover story interview with Black Eyed Peasants mastermind Will.i.am, it’s clear the guy’s not a total moron; indeed, he’s a reasonably clever manipulator of pop culture cliche and the intersection of corporate control in the industry-making the music that much more unforgivable considering it endlessly promotes mindless-partying and abstract concepts of love and global harmony. The Peas’ success as pitchmen for everything from democracy to Pepsi demonstrates literally the central joke of the SNL ...


      • spoof: these people will do anything for a buck. Rarely has egomania been so liberally applied to a vacuum of personality and carefully calculated stereotyped spectacle.

        The Black Eyed Peas are probably the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and let’s face it, the kind of powers they choose to align themselves with, i.e. corporate, superficial…well, they’re all conducive to making a lot of money, and if that’s the goal-it being the root of all evil after all-then they are certainly succeeding and we should be seeing the seven headed beast emerge from the sea any day now. But if we want to talk about music, about art…then the Black Eyed Peas cease

        to be relevant. They are pure posture and performance with about as much musical creativity as a group of mad horses racing across a giant xylophone. Whatever that means. The point is this: any self-respecting music fan will cross the street and risk being hit by traffic if necessary should they see the Peas on their inevitable march of doom. Run for your life, music lovers, run!

        I would give this group a zero if I could. Maybe a “1/2″ just because I do sort of enjoy the harbingers of society’s imminent collapse. They can behead as many bystanders as needed, I just hope they don’t headline the “Goodbye Earth” tribute concert. Couldn’t sit through that.




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