I have a little story to tell, which I’ve been saving up for a post about music, but it’s about popularity too, which, I think works quite well for this post.
It was about 1981, I think, and I was at High-School. The popular band then, was Kiss… It seemed that most of the school absolutely loved them.
Girls would put on Kiss makeup and Kiss cut-outs from magazines were sticky-taped all over their books.
I was merely an observer to this, for as much as I liked music, Kiss were never my thing.
Then I caught the flu and was away from school for nearly a week, I had no contact with friends which was probably for the best, but when I returned I saw something very, very strange.
Everyone hated Kiss, it was like being on another planet, At the time I was stunned, I mean how could a band be so very popular one week, and hated the next? I wondered if something had been said by a band member that I hadn’t
heard about, but apparently not.
People can be very fickle about music, but my observations over the years is that on one hand, you have actual fans, they are the people who lap up the sound like a cat licks up cream, their adoration of the music is completely real, and there are other facets of the band and their music they they love too. I GET this as I’ve felt it quite a few times myself.
On the other hand, you have people who are into it, because it’s popular, and that’s what the cool kids are doing right now, so the attitude is “if I say I like it too, then I’m one of the cool people”.
While the real fans will play an album and listen intently and hear what the band might be telling them, and sometimes that’s useful information… for example: “Our Lips Are Sealed” by either The Go-Gos or Funboy Three, is a great anti-bullying anthem. The latter group will play the music as background music, and not pay much, if any serious attention.
So once it’s perceived that the cool guys aren’t listening anymore, the latter group don’t have to pretend anymore, after all it was little more than a “chore” to them.
The fans however, remain loyal, sometimes for the rest of their lives, because they felt something, they were personally moved, and feel a certain gratitude towards the band.
And now we come back to this weekends march.
The Newspapers, The Murdoch media, and I’m ashamed to say The ABC, all made Tony Abbott into something he wasn’t, The public were given the perception that all the cool people liked him, and none actually do. then lacking the ability to think, they mindlessly ticked the wrong box and Tony became Prime Minister.
The Public believed Tony was the best Man for the job, but the trouble with belief, is that it’s generally not the truth.
The truth is this, something Mum told me a long time ago.
“You can’t make a silk purse, from a Sows ear”.