I herewith present the "Calendar All-Purpose Pop Music Letter Controversy":
Robert Hilburn writes the following article:
R.E.M. is/are the pinnacle of rock music as meaningful art.
B--Radio playlists are a vast vacuous wasteland.
C--Rock music is worthy of serious critical attention.
Print one or more examples of any or all of the following letters:
A--Rock "music" isn't music, it's garbage!
B--The rock music I listened to when I was a kid was great, but now it's all garbage.
C--What about Third World music? You always leave out Third World music.
D--Only punk was vital, but now punk's dead and everything else is garbage.
E--One more article about Springsteen and I'll scream.
F--What's wrong with heavy metal? It totally talks to where my head's at.
G--Me and my friends like what KIIS-FM plays--if everybody likes it, it can't be terrible, right?
H--What about Madonna? She sings great and she's sexy too!
Repeat every weekend until readers' heads explode.
IAN R. BESTE