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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Nuke Kids On the Block: Explosive Poppers Whose Songs Are Shockers!


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I never thought it would happen.

It took decades for me to come around,

but now I am digging the sound.

It happened a few years ago with heavy metal
and it happened again at the start of this year.
I opened my ears and mind and developed an
appreciation of modern pop, pop rock and
pop rap. In this year long, 12-part series,
I am introducing the young divas who
perform this style of music. Some are
sweet. Some are sassy. Some will
delight you. Some, like the ones
you will meet in this post, are
likely to shock and disturb
you. Take a look and a
listen. How will you
react to these
controversial
artists, songs
and videos?


JANET LENNON

CUBBY O'BRIEN & BRIAN SIEBMAN


The world has changed, my friend.
(Ya think, Shady?)

When I was a kid in the 50s, boys and girls
looked, sounded and behaved like the
three you will see in the first video.

From The Lawrence Welk Show here are Janet Lennon, youngest of the singing Lennon Sisters, Cubby O'Brien, a Mousketeer from Walt Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club, and Brian Siebman, a junior cast member of the Welk show, performing a song on an episode of the series that aired circa 1958.


"That's How Much I Love You" - Janet Lennon
with Cubby O'Brien & Brian Siebman
(The Lawrence Welk Show)





jordyn jones

Now that you have watched Janet Lennon,
innocent pop princess of the 1950s,
FF 60 years and experience a
truly jarring juxtaposition.


Behold the look, sound, attitude
and demeanor of one of today's
up-and-comers - singer, dancer,
model and actress Jordyn Jones.
Jordyn's performances of new
songs and covers have drawn
nearly 100 million views on
YouTube. Keep Janet Lennon
and her friends in mind as
you watch the video and
behold this 5-foot, 3-inch
spark plug and her posse!

"Lip Gloss" - Lil Mama
cover by Jordyn Jones
December 2014





meghan trainor


There once was a girl from Nantucket -
her name - Meghan Trainor. Between
the ages of 15 and 17, the precocious
singer and songwriter wrote, recorded,
produced and released three albums.
Signed to a major label in 2011,
Meghan achieved a hit in 2014
with Title, an EP that expanded
into a studio album of the same
name in 2015 with most of the songs
co-written and composed by Meghan.


Title debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums
chart. "All About That Bass," the debut single
from the album, is a song intended to promote
positive body image, but some critics accused
Trainor of anti-feminism, claiming the song 
has the negative effect of promoting curvy,
plus size women as the ideal and shaming
thin women. In spite of the controversy,
"All About That Bass" was a monster hit.
It soared to #1 in the U.S., the UK and
17 other countries. "Bass" was called
a cultural phenomenon and turned
Meghan into one of the biggest
breakout singing stars of 2014.
What's your reaction?

"All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
(Aug. 2104, highest chart pos. #1
just about everyplace on earth)





hailee steinfeld


Teenage actress, model and singer Hailee Steinfeld
has appeared in a couple dozen TV shows and movies
including the Jeff Bridges film True Grit, a role that
earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best
Supporting Actress. In 2015 Hailee signed a record
deal and released her debut single "Love Myself."
The song raised a few eyebrows including mine.


In the music video Hailee wears a leotard bearing
the words "SELF SERVICE." The lyrics of the song
include "I'm gonna put my body first/And love
me so hard 'til it hurts" and "I'm gonna touch
the pain away/I know how to scream my own
name." It didn't take long for fans and the media
to call "Love Myself" an "ode to masturbation."
"Love Myself" was an international hit, reaching
the Top 30 on the Hot 100 and the Top 10 on
the Dance Club survey. Hailee's DIY video
has been viewed nearly 107 million times
on YouTube. What's your interpretation?

"Love Myself" - Hailee Steinfeld
(September. 2015, highest chart pos.
#30 Hot 100/#6 Dance Club Songs)





indiana


Perhaps Halee Steinfeld got her inspiration
from British singer/songwriter Lauren Henson,
stage name Indiana. In 2014 Indiana released
"Solo Dancing," a single and video from her
debut studio album No Romeo.


The song lyrics hint at the DIY theme and the video
erases all doubt. The clip is a montage of sight gags
depicting slang expressions and euphemisms that
refer to self pleasuring. Watch the video and
give me your reaction. Cute...or too much?

"Solo Dancing" - Indiana
(April 2014, highest chart pos. #14 UK
from Jan. 2015 album No Romeo)





tove lo


Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo
(Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson) takes it to
the next level with "Talking Body,"
a song with explicit language that's
all about sex. In the spring of 2015
"Talking Body" was a hit in Sweden,
in America and around the world!

"Talking Body" - Tove Lo
(March. 2015, highest chart pos.
#12 Hot 100/#1 US Dance Club Songs)





route 94

ft. jess glynne

Londoner Rowan Tyler Jones, stage name
Route 94, is a producer and DJ specializing
in deep house, a music genre influenced by
90s Eurodance. In 2014, Route 94 released
the debut single "My Love" featuring the
vocals of up-and-coming English singer
and songwriter Jess Glynne.


"My Love" topped the chart in the UK.
The video was shot using an infrared
"night vision" heat-seeking technique
that reveals the body heat generated
by young lovers at a dance club.

(Pick up the action at 2:00.)

"My Love" - Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne
(April 2014, highest chart pos. #1 UK
#23 US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)





TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:

Now that you have experienced Jordyn Jones
and the other featured artists, I'd like your opinion.

*  Were you offended by any of the song lyrics
     or video images? If so, which ones and why?

* Are young pop-rappers like Jordyn Jones
   growing up too fast? Are they setting a bad
   example for preadolescent girls (and boys)?

* How much influence do songs and videos
   like these have on today's young pop fans?

* How did we get from point A,
the innocent Janet Lennon years,
to point B, where we are today?

As Madonna put it, "express yourself."

Have a Shady day!