Your Reaper must be getting old. The worrying thing is, old age appears to have hit me early. I'm not even 30 years old yet and already I'm struggling to keep up with the latest names to come from the pop music scene. Until I was around 16, I used to know who was at number one each week, then I noticed that I didn't really give a shit about that, so stopped checking.
Now, for some reason or other, I still listen to Radio 1 in the car. Perhaps to give the impression that I've still got it, and perhaps also because I know that switching over to Radio 2 is an admission that I'm officially getting old. Mainly however, it's because all the commercial stations are crap. Admittedly, Radio 1 do vary their music selection a bit more than other stations, but there's still far too much rubbish on it from the likes of Cheryl Cole, and too many rap (with a silent C at the front) songs as well.
However, I must admit that the name Justin Bieber is one that had almost passed me by completely. I'd heard the name mentioned on Twitter before, but never bothered enquiring on who he was or anything. I just assumed it was something to do with Glee or something equally shit. Not so. According to Wikipedia, he's "a Canadian pop-R&B singer" who was "discovered in 2008 by Scooter Braun, who happened to come across Bieber's videos on YouTube and later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with Usher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group... and then to a recording contract with Island Records.". There's me told, eh?
It also turns out he's a 16-year old guy who still sounds like he's 10 years old. So when I heard that he was appearing on The X Factor last night, I can't say I was expecting much. I was expecting to hear sub-standard dross, in much the same way that whoever appeared before him on the show also played sub-standard dross. I can actually say that, in the end, it was even worse than that. He "played" two of his songs, and both were absolutely fucking dismal. In reality, he didn't "play" anything. Heck, he didn't even sing - it was just his record in the background as he danced and bothered to sing little bits of it. The dancing was okay I suppose, but there's a small problem - we were told you were going to be singing your latest song, and you only sung bits of it. That's misleading the audience slightly, isn't it? And given that Cowell got into some trouble a while ago regarding the "auto-tuning" scandal early in this series, I would have thought he'd be keener to avoid yet more.
Naturally enough, a 16-year old boy is going to get quite excited when he sees an attractive woman in front of him and he couldn't resist the opportunity to say hello to Cheryl Cole, who was sat in front of him, making a "call me" gesture with his hand in the process. I wonder how his legion of 12-year old fans are going to respond when they see his kind of woman is the toilet attendant-bashing kind?
More importantly, how many people are honestly want to go and see him after that performance? People are not going to pay good money in order to see someone prance around a stage for two and a half hours without bothering to actually sing anything. Your Reaper hates saying this, on the grounds it makes him sound like the doddery old bastard he doesn't want to admit he probably is becoming, but there really isn't much to say about these modern day musicians.
How long until Bieber's name is long forgotten about?