dirtbagsurfer
DirtbagSurfer
dirtbagsurfer
Apr 19
13

It’s been a thing as long as popular/recorded music has been a thing. The manufactured teen idols of the 50s, the Monkees in the 60s, the Partridge Family in the 70s, New Kids on the Block in the 80s, the Backstreet Boys/N*Sync and the Britney Spears of the world in the 90s, etc.

Apr 19
14

I don’t know—isn’t this still very much a thing? It seems like it keeps coming back around every decade or so, when suddenly manufactured boy bands/girl bands are all the rage for a little bit until the collective pop audience gets bored with them again. For example, it seems like Little Mix did/does quite well and Read more

Apr 19
7

I’m honestly surprised that bands like this still exist. What you’re calling “industry plants” were an incredibly common thing as recently as 15 years ago. Major labels would essentially curate bands based on their notions of what might strike gold. The hilarious thing is that these would-be tastemakers were so Read more

Apr 19
14

I don’t disagree, but I can read this as someone being “random” as much as suggestive. Perhaps I’m pointing out my own inability to take them seriously more than anything. My time in the trenches of the mid-aughts internet has surely rendered me numb and unshockable. Read more

Apr 19
30

Usually a can of whipping cream is just a can of whipping cream. Who wouldn’t eat it from a can? But... Not they way any of them are doing it. (Same for the nox)

Apr 19
7

I know no one asked, but as the ambassador from StraightWhiteMale, I never even considered that the above picture could be intended to arouse until you mentioned the iconography, but I also never actually set foot in a Hot Topic, so I may have to consult with one of my JNCO-clad deputy ministers. Read more

Apr 19
26

Same as it ever was. Liz Phair recorded the excellent Exile in Guysville on a shoestring in 1993. Industry suits sensed that they can make some money if they just knock off the rough edges and the next thing you know, Alanis Morrissette is a gigantic star due to her “edgy” and not at all contrived Jagged Little Pill. A Read more

Apr 19
72

So....you point out that they appeared out of the woodwork, with a weirdly polished image and social media presence, making carefully focus-grouped “edgy” music that is neither novel nor particularly edgy.... Read more

Apr 9
51

The only time I had one, it was explicitly for gas or emergencies, with the understanding that you were in deep shit if you charged anything else to it. I just paid for my own gas, because I’m prone to bouts of severe airhead syndrome and lived in deep fear of misplacing a receipt. Read more

Apr 8
100

A similar transaction occurred with at least one other woman, whom Greenberg paid using his government-issued credit card, the Beast reports—that is, with taxpayer dollars. Seminole County auditors reportedly found some $300,000 in suspicious payments on the card. Read more

Apr 7
67

She looks so uncomfortable, in general. Oy. She can feel however she wants about it and I don’t care to comment on her body either, but it’s hard to feel sorry for a family whose entire brand is based around making others feel bad about themselves. They’re always carefully controlling every image, every moment, Read more

Apr 4
1

She isn’t on any committees so she ain’t doing shit for her district.

Apr 2
9

No kidding.  I wish I could get paid to work out and type BS on the internet.

Apr 2
3

Mike Shultz would like to have a word with MTG. This man was as fit and healthy as could be and the Covid almost took him out and it took him forever to recover.

Apr 2
10

Crossfit is absolutely a cult. But the fact is that most workout plans and diets fail, not because they’re not effective, but because the person doing them just stops. Crossfit solves that. Because you’re in the cult, you’re one of us, you’re not going to the gym, it’s a box, you’re certified now, you’re the fittest, Read more