I know that "Blurred Lines" is a song, a very
popular song, sung by Alan Thicke's son, but I don't know what it sounds like (though it's quite possible I've heard
it inadvertently and not known better).
Where do people hear this song, and songs like it, passively? I don't
listen to the radio so that must be it? I thought everyone played what they
wanted whenever they wanted on demand now. I'm really resistant to spending the
few clicks to look for it on Spotify. Similarly, I'm aware that in the very
recent past Magna Carta Holy Grail was a much talked about album by Jay Z (and that the hyphen is no longer used–though I just figured out a few weeks ago that Rihanna is the spelling, not Rhianna like Rhiannon). I
don't know any of the songs from that either.
After the early '90s I lost track of most pop music and I
don't mean that like an I Don't Own a TV brag. The '80s were my childhood so
there was a lot of radio and TV; that's all there was. But my top 40 knowledge
ended somewhere around when Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms and Blues Traveler became
I felt like a whoisarcadefire troll recently when I said
aloud (on Twitter) that I didn't know any Liz Phair songs. I don't. (I just
clicked on "Supernova" because that's the title of the song I thought
I might know, but no). And that's very much in my demographic. Radio and cable were not in my life post '91.
I somehow think Portland is to blame too.
It's not about eschewing pop culture because I watch a lot
of mainstream TV, well, thought I did; Under
the Dome (horrible, horrible show) is the only thing I regularly watch on this
top 25 ratings list. And it's certainly not about food (anyone bemoaning
Dunkin' Donuts coming to Bedford Ave. can suck it). It's just music. It doesn't
penetrate my world and if things aren't pushed anymore it's hard to muster the
energy to find them.
Update: I didn't post this last night as intended, then woke
up this morning and played/watched "Blurred Lines" first thing, by which I
mean 11:30am. Eh, it's possible I've heard this song. I get it; it's catchy,
tongue in cheek sexy (I'm referring to the standard, subtler, clothed version of the video). What I wondered most was if the models will make as
lasting of an impression as the "Addicted to Love" ladies did in the