What’s love got to do with it?

UGC Columnist Graeme Tidd
UGC Columnist Graeme Tidd
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Rihanna, Perry, Ora, Gaga and Thicke are but a handful of many music artists who have been let loose to provide our youth with their own form of sex education.

No longer do you need to dig into the dark corners of the music industry to find references to sex that will make your buttons pop.

From supermarkets to restaurants, waiting rooms to offices – we are all exposed to the salacious sludge of sex.

Whether innuendo, the dark side of subtlety or blatant filth, the subject of sex leaps

through the music industry like a grinning fool with the intellect of a gnat in a pint of


The primary theme of mainstream pop fuses the subject of love with flagrant hedonism. What’s love got to do with it? In 2014, love, it seems, is being chased away by the aforementioned narcissistic fool, with his pants down. Personally, I enjoy listening to modern pop and like most of the artists I am referring to. But now that I have kids, I have a heightened sense of responsibility. I am bothered.

For example, I’ve witnessed community events where groups of young girls have performed dance to tracks such as Guetta’s Sexy Chick. I find it repulsive and it angers me to consider the incomprehensible lack of consideration given to both the audience and the children involved.

The behaviour of young people as depicted in some lyrics, videos and performances is disastrously misaligned with the reality of normal behaviour and expectation. But kids take things literally. The last time I checked, music didn’t come with an educational toolkit.

The problem is that the moral high ground we hold as a society is breaking apart.

Only a cultural shift can prevent the innocence of our youth falling into hopelessness.

Given the appetite we have as a society for sexualised entertainment and the money flooding the industries that provide it, that shift will have to be seismic.

For years respected artists have expressed their concern about the prevalence of sex in the music industry; Annie Lennox once called the behaviour of smutty artists ‘a glorified and monetised form of self-harm’, with Kylie complaining about the ‘pornography of pop’. When will the line between music and pornography be realised? Spend a few minutes on YouTube – I think we’re almost there.

As Suzi Quatro put it, ‘I am hoping it’s gone to a point where the only way is to go

back again.’