Once or twice a week I like to log into my facebook account and make a comment on something that is on my mind. Last week I said " I HOPE LADY GAGA DIES IN A NASTY PLANE CRASH!!!" and I believe I offended a shit load of people. I would like to explain what exactly I meant by my comment....I have been listening to rock and roll/pop music since I was 4 years old. My first 3 favorites were The Monkees, Herman's Hermit's, and the fucking Beatles. As I grew up in the 1970's I listened to the AM radio which played the top 40 hits. Back in the 70's on the AM radio you could hear rock n roll next to soul. ( Kiss and the Commodores for example back to back) I went from loving the Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band into Kiss and Cheap Trick. In the early 80's I got into the new wave/punk rock stuff (The Clash, Psychedelic Furs, Gang of Four) and also discovered Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. At the age of 16 began working in a record store and continued working in record stores till June of 2009 at the age of 44. For the last 11 years I was the full in store DJ at the Virgin Megastore Union Square in NYC. I played everything at the Virgin Megastore and even got turned on to music that was not rock and roll. (Hip Hop like Jay z and Nas; electronic music like LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk; old school reggae like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown) I always had an open mind when it came to any genre. There is a lot of music that you would call rock and roll that I cant stand. I like melody...pop music...I like a good song whether it's Paul Simon singing something with an acoustic guitar or the Ramones with loud and fast guitars. ( I like something I can sing or hum later) During my last year at the Virgin Megastore I played a lot of Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga was in our top 20 sellers for a long fucking time. My co-workers loved Lady Gaga and would ask me to play her all the fucking time. I honestly dont mind the record. I dont like it but I dont hate it either. It reminds me of some of the new wave pop music from the 1980's that I used to dance to in the clubs in my camouflage pants and eyeliner! I think what bothers me is how fucking popular this mediocre music has become. Of course I understand that music is "art" and people should like what they like. ( I like stuff that people love to make fun of- Barry Manilow, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, Cinderella, England Dan and John Ford Coley just to name a few!!!) I certainly do not want Lady Gaga to die in a nasty plane crash. I am amused that people would take that literally! I really meant to say " I CANT BELIEVE HOW POPULAR THIS SHIT IS!!!" One more thing...I like the internet, email, and facebook BUT I think some of these people who are on the internet all fucking day should leave their fucking house do something other than type on their computer all fucking day.
-Brother Mike Cohen NYC.