|Jet Bin Fever |
Dear lord, even for vapid girl groups this is one of the worst I've ever seen. They make Onyanko Club look attractive and coordinated.
And, I wonder how depressing it would be to do para para and look into the audience and see a sea of sweaty men doing para para right back.
In case one of them dies, they can always be replaced. Also, the record companies own them almost since birth.
Well, it helps they don't have to pay them much.
But it's brand power in numbers - put enough girls up there, and the guys will find at least one they like. Also means the girls are easily replaceable - you're a drop in the bucket, so one screw-up and you're gone.
It's also a farm system - the groups of 40 are the minor leagues, and as they go up the ranks they get into smaller groups. Seriously.
They make America's shitty fabricated pop acts look like Johnny Cash.
The only difference between America's idol singer industry and Japan's is that the Japanese one doesn't lie to itself about its fan base.
That crowd is creepy as fuuuuuuuuck.
|American Standard |
Wow does that crowd composition make me uncomfortable.
But not as uncomfortable as the knowledge Japanese music execs actively court this demographic.
It's genius, see, kids depend on their parents, so it's like one cd and one concert every five months. The guys that go to these concerts might have a shitty job, but they can pay for all their idol goodness, and boy do they pay for it.
So, how many of these girls have been molested?
Once they hit puberty, it's over, they become too old for this.
Japanese police could just setup one of these concerts, and drop a giant net over the crowd. You can bet many of those guys have a record.
|Cherry Pop Culture |
I...I feel dirty...
|Caminante Nocturno |
Imagine the audience's reaction if, right in the middle of this song, the entire group suddenly ran off stage and was replaced with GWAR or Lordi.
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