I’m a little embarrassed to be spending more time on this, but my man Phil and I were recently harassing each other over our difference of opinion on the value of Britney Spears. Our email discussion went like this:
> Every time you say something or write about Britney
> Spears I cringe. I really do. My face gets all twisted
> and I just shake my head. I just don’t get it.
I like her hits. And I like her. I think she’s sassy.
> Yeah, but that awful music. Seriously…
I am convinced that in the future, people are going to look back at N Sync and the Backstreet Boys and all this Destiny’s Child crap like we look back at Leo Sayer and the Partridge Family and all the throwaway disco hits of the day. And Britney, depending how she deals with her career, might end up like ABBA or someone who’s a little more respected now. I don’t know. She a step above the Christina Aguelleras and the Mandy Moores (or whatever). “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! I Did It Again” are both really cool songs. I like them.
Most music freaks hated Madonna when she came out, but now who doesn’t love “Borderline”? Right? And that’s not even talking about her latest two albums which have both been great.
Give Britney some time. She’ll grow on you. (I don’t care for her ballads though.)
> Um, I think you’re right that it all depends on how
> Britney Spears handles her career. She could just as
> easily end up like Tiffany or Debbie Gibson. The
> difference with Madonna (who I can not even stand to
> hear speak anymore, but that’s another issue) is that
> she came from the club scene. She did have some
> credibility. She was not molded into her pop star
> persona. The clothes and attitude she had back then
> was very Rock and Roll, and entirely hers, even if her
> songs were pop. Britney Spears is manufactured. Does
> anyone really believe she’s a virgin? Does anyone
> care? Yet, that is key to her marketing. I like her
> boobies too, just like I like Christina Aguilara’s
> rear-end, but their music stinks. It’s just plain bad.
The Monkees were manufactured and they rule. Being manufactured does not disqualify an artist from being good and you know it. You’ve put songs by the Partridge Family on mix tapes for me. And who doesn’t love the Banana Splits?
If you don’t like her music, you don’t like her music, and we can agree to disagree on that. I like it and I think some of her songs are really good.
But I hear a lot of people giving her crap not based on her music but on her image or whatever.
There are other bands I like that you don’t like that you don’t give me such a hard time about. What’s the big deal with Britney?
PS – I’ve started enjoying listening to Madonna’s accent du jour… Is she English? Is she European? Is she Spanish? I think she went to the Elizabeth Taylor school of pronunciation.
Phil responded to this, calling me a 14-year-old girl, and other funny stuff, but we lost that message. So you’ll never know what the big deal is with Britney. And so I get the last word. Until next time…