Thursday, 19 March 2009
I Fought The Law
It occurs to me that a song called I Fought The Law And I Won simply wouldn't work. This gives me pause. Is it because the Blues, and its necessary downbeaten ethos, has simply interpenetrated contemporary popular music to too ubiquitous a degree for genuine songs of self-assertion to be possible? I can't listen to self aggrandizing rap without taking it, on some level, as irony. Or is this me projecting my own downbeatenness onto an idiom that is perfectly capable of self-assertion?