Who is 'Al Shipley'?
-- Mordechai Shinefield, Monday, December 31, 2007 1:41 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Link
That'd be me. I always thought it was somehow less rude or antagonistic to criticize this thread from the outside, perhaps other people felt the opposite. Either way, I probably did cross a line somewhere and don't fault Frank for feeling a certain way about it, so I'll try and stop posting on this thread right now.
― Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 31 December 2007 18:50 (8 years ago) Permalink
i'd be v. much in favor of "rolling pop 2008" which i guess is basically what we did on the rolling 2007 charts thread and that was pretty cool when it was revived.
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 18:53 (8 years ago) Permalink
i'd imagine that rolling pop 2008 would just evolve into rolling us charts thread 2008 anyway, and that would be a good thread.
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 18:54 (8 years ago) Permalink
Yeah the "teen" disctinction isn't really needed, I'd rather it was just "Rolling Pop" - it's more inclusive.
― The Brainwasher, Monday, 31 December 2007 18:54 (8 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, I guess that would be the only question: whether to separate out the charts thread for those who didn't care about the charts. But if you're interested in pop, you're probably interested in the charts at least a little, I'm guessing.
― jaymc, Monday, 31 December 2007 18:55 (8 years ago) Permalink
tbh there should be a rolling teenpop thread 2008 bcuz there is a pretty big distinction between talking about aly & aj and radio disney spins and playaz circle, finger eleven or shop boyz.
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 18:59 (8 years ago) Permalink
THAN playaz circle etc.*
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 19:00 (8 years ago) Permalink
anyway you dudes do what you want
My basic feeling is that the spark is long gone and that the good pop convos are happening elsewhere, not on ilX.
Where? And I really, really hate posting on Livejournal.
― Mordechai Shinefield, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:02 (8 years ago) Permalink
yeah, where? certainly not that awful poptimist LJ community..
― The Brainwasher, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:02 (8 years ago) Permalink
The community is fine, Brainwasher. It's just the format that bugs me. I don't like the posts - comments setup. I love one long rolling forum for discussion. It feels much less confined.
― Mordechai Shinefield, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:04 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Ioannis, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:06 (8 years ago) Permalink
And I hope the sour note I struck with that last post doesn't undermine what I'm about to say further, but Tim F., I'm really glad you're well and healthy.
I'd think a "rolling pop thread" would be too broad and blah, but since I'm not the one who's going to be starting the thread, I won't protest whatever decision you guys make (and it does seem that some people want to keep on, so go for it). An advantage of the "teenpop" moniker is that it seems like kid stuff, which gives it both the positive and negative energy that comes from most of the world assuming it's too childish for the serious attention we give it. Of course, some of it is too childish, which is why we keep veering towards other music. But in fact I don't think the title has been a restraint on what we talk about. I've been veering wherever I wanted to, and one reason I started the teenpop thread was so that I'd stop talking about Lohan and Duff et al. on the rolling country thread. (Go back to December 2005 on rolling country to see the shenanigans I was pulling. I once brought in Madonna on the pretext that she'd worn a cowboy hat on the cover of a previous album.) And part of my method in talking about things is talking about the negative space that surrounds it, competing genres, the reaction of kids who'd find the "kid" role oppressive, etc., which also opens us up pretty well.
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:32 (8 years ago) Permalink
Frank, now that you said all that (plus what I emailed you), why won't you start the new thread?
― Mordechai Shinefield, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:35 (8 years ago) Permalink
Al, you did cross a line ("I don't honestly think that Frank or anyone else on the thread is a paedophile, but you have to admit that at the very least, something like this is ripe for ridicule"), but it isn't for me to keep you off a thread, especially since the thread should be more what you guys want than what I want. And I haven't in general thought "Here's a guy with nothing to say" when I read you, just that you have your dangerous moments, hence I'm wary.
Mordy, 'cause it shouldn't be my thread. If I think it's losing its spark, then it really should be more in the hands of people who want to give it their own spark.
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:42 (8 years ago) Permalink
rolling US charts 2008/talk about "pop" here
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 19:45 (8 years ago) Permalink
I don't know if saying something leaves itself open to ridicule is as bad or worse than actually ridiculing that thing (not to saying I never ridiculed to any extent, just that I criticized seriously more often than jokingly), but point taken.
― Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:53 (8 years ago) Permalink
("not to saying" ugh please to ridicule my own garbled diction)
― Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 31 December 2007 19:54 (8 years ago) Permalink
OK. Peace. And sorry I was so intemperate in the way I expressed myself, and thanks for not responding in kind.
I find livejournal really frustrating too, plus with poptimists you've got to get up at like 6 in the morning Mountain Time or most of the conversations are over. Freaky Trigger coulda worked, maybe, except the print is too small. So it isn't like there's another specific gathering place for "teenpop" (or whatever) other than here. Things'll hop from Nia's journal to bedbugs to Freaky Trigger to this thread to Will's blog to Hazel's journal to Lex's journal to poptimists to Mike's blog to Cis's journal to Kat's journal to Dave's journal etc. And people will often put a discussion under lock and key, which frustrates me because I can't then tell my friends to go look at it. But those various places had what was for me the real Paris and Britney and Aly & A.J. convos (plus Girls Aloud and Kylie and Cascada etc.), plus a line on a whole landscapes and cave's worth of music I barely know.
I think ilX really lost something when Tom and Mark and a lot of those people basically decamped (I mean, they still pop in occasionally, but...).
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 31 December 2007 20:08 (8 years ago) Permalink
(But not sure that putting "charts" in your threads title will get you what you want. Narrows it in a different way. As I said, up to you guys. Is J0rdan's thread the one you want?)
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 31 December 2007 20:10 (8 years ago) Permalink
Is it worth stressing the minutiae?
― The Reverend, Monday, 31 December 2007 20:22 (8 years ago) Permalink
rev otm but i put charts in the title because the 07 charts thread is where we talked about pop(ular) music without only talking about itunes sales and shit. i would like ppl to post links to new songs and stuff but whatever we'll see where it goes.
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 20:27 (8 years ago) Permalink
an all encompassing pop thread would make my head explode esp. in a world where people say with a straight-face that battles are a "pop" band
The teenpop thread has to keep going because the battle to integrate the genre into a discussion of pop music in general hasn't been won. Sure, Britney's album got its own thread, but we couldn't have discussed Ashley Tisdale's album on a general pop thread and gotten a good discussion out of it. The teenpop thread exists for a good reason: it's a real genre, with real depth and complex songs, that is completely dismissed by the majority of pop music fans on ILM. The Paris Hilton album comes to mind-- Lex started a thread about it that became a continued series of people mocking him for starting it, and on the teenpop thread the album got the serious discussion it deserved.
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 31 December 2007 21:52 (8 years ago) Permalink
"Pop" sounds way more bland and chickenshit and compromised than "teenpop" to me; it's too all-encompassing (plus just wait until it gets overrun by Big Star and Blue Ash and Badfinger fans.) (Not that they should be shut out or anything. Sometimes I'm even one of those myself.)
And my problem with "U.S. charts" is, uh, what about teenpop that doesn't make the U.S. charts (like, say Skye Sweetnam and Hope Partlow and the Veronicas and Pretty Donkey and fill-in-the-Europop-star-I-never-heard-of in the past few years)? Where does that go?
I suggest: Rolling Bubblegum Thread '08. (But it's too late now, maybe.)
― xhuxk, Monday, 31 December 2007 22:21 (8 years ago) Permalink
livejournal really frustrating too, plus with poptimists you've got to get up at like 6 in the morning Mountain Time or most of the conversations are over. Freaky Trigger coulda worked, maybe, except the print is too small. So it isn't like there's another specific gathering place for "teenpop" (or whatever) other than here. Things'll hop from Nia's journal to bedbugs to Freaky Trigger to this thread to Will's blog to Hazel's journal to Lex's journal to poptimists to Mike's blog to Cis's journal to Kat's journal to Dave's journal etc
See, this all just seems really diffuse to me, and makes the discussion even more closed, somehow. And confusing; I've probably never even seen most of the journals and blogs that Frank is referring to; I'm not even sure what most of them are. Which is probably why I never managed to get caught up in the discussions in those places, or to join in there. If somebody says something really smart in one of those places, why can't it just be quoted or linked to from Rolling Whatever? -- which, as even Frank seems to be admitting, seems to be the only place where all sorts of conversations can converge. (As for individual-album threads, like the Britney or Paris ones, I've never looked at those, and have no intention to; I can't really imagine caring that much about any particular album.) (Well, okay, I cared that much about a Big N Rich album once. But that was the exception that proves the rule I guess.) And anyway, what makes the rolling threads great is that they can go off on wide-ranging tangents -- except those rolling threads where idiots get upset when such tangents happen, which hasn't seemed to be a problem with the teenpop one.
― xhuxk, Monday, 31 December 2007 22:31 (8 years ago) Permalink
Gotta run until '08 but:
Rolling Bubblegum Thread '08.
Seconded if someone else wants to start it.
― dabug, Monday, 31 December 2007 23:50 (8 years ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Monday, 31 December 2007 23:51 (8 years ago) Permalink
2008 isn't for another few hours. But if no one starts it before 12:01 AM EST tonight, I will.
― Mordechai Shinefield, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 00:32 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Tape Store, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 01:40 (8 years ago) Permalink
Bubblegummy goodness continues: Rolling Debutante Bubblegum Teenpop Thread 2008
― Greg Fanoe, Thursday, 3 January 2008 17:42 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Dom Passantino, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:35 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Curt1s Stephens, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:37 (7 years ago) Permalink