Originally Posted by MWM
There's some new song that is being played tirelessly that fits this description right now. It's some song aout singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long. Most of the entire song is the same 2 bars over and over again. And these two bars are a grand total of 3 notes with the exact same rhythm. There's nothing to the song at all. I have no idea who it is, but if they're making a lot of money off of it, I'd love to be a song writer for that guy.
It's Kid Rock. And though he's come far since his days as a rap-rocker being pigeon-holed with that no-talent ***** Fred Durst, I'm pretty sure the song you're talking about is (purposely) cut from the same cloth that some rap is, in the sense that the two bars you're talking about being repeated are two bars from the actual "Sweet Home Alabama."
It's just that instead of being sampled, they are repeated and re-interpreted throughout the song. In fact, I think I remember an interview where Mr. Rock said his intention with that song was not just to pay homage to Skynyrd, but also to show the versatility and ubiquitousness (note: Kid Rock did not use the word "ubiquitous," but you know what I mean) of that one simple progression throughout rock music history.
And in that regard, I declare: "Success!"...
Then again, I long ago came to the conclusion that sometimes "originality" is really over-rated, especially when it's originality for originality's sake, and not because it -- you know? -- ROCKS. People need to learn to cope with the fact that they're probably not as clever as they think, and that the vast majority of good ideas have already been had at this point in history.... the best you can do is reshape those good ideas in a way that's meaningful to you, and still accessible to an audience, otherwise, it's all just masturbation.
This viewpoint is born of one too many times being in a band with some wanker who insisted on putting his guitar in some weird tuning or inventing new "chords" or somesuch nonsense, and then getting on stage with the confidence that we were being "unique" while simultaneously being confronted with an audience reaction that clearly indicates WHY those ideas had never before, in the history of music, been had. Meantime, in other bands with players no more instrumentally talented than Kurt Cobain or with songwriting aspirations more theoretically-complex than AC/DC, we get nice reactions and people who see us going onto the internet to write about what a great time they had and how seeing us totally put them in the mood to throw empty whiskey bottles at moving cars.
Music's about what makes you happy, I think. In my experience, I've had the good fortune to develop part of me that realizes my happiness is a function of other's happiness, so put me down as being completely ammenable to Kid Rock or anything else that gets you in the toe-tappin' or fist-pumpin' part of your anatomy... simple and crowd pleasing ain't necessarily anything to be ashamed of.