'I think music has gotten very girly' Bono has announced in an interview with Rolling Stone and if we set aside the use of the expression of contempt for girly things, the U2 front man has reached the same conclusion i have been spouting since the turn of the century.
Not that i was much of a fan of U2, when they were calling themselves a 'Rock Band' in the late 80s and early 90s we had the likes of Guns 'n' Roses and Nirvana angrily self-imploding all over the place like proper rock bands so U2 always felt like Rock wannabe's rather than a real Rock band.
I'm sure he doesn't worry what i think as he counts his tax free riches from his Lithuanian Shopping Centre but as his band cluttered up the charts with more than their fair share of 'girly' ballads, it seems a bit rich for him to now moan about other bands doing the same but if we ignore all that, he is right but it isn't just the music but the musicians.
Today's musicians wouldn't emulate the bands back in the day by trashing a hotel room and nobody of my generation is as appalled by Rhianna or Ed Sheeran who seem safe and very nice people, but they are not making angry music full of spiky social commentary.
The youth of today have so much more than we had to kick out at back in my teenage years, today there are wars, austerity, cuts, youth unemployment, police harassment, university fees, Brexit, the rise of the right and inept politicians which should be driving the backlash, but we get nothing.
The ballad singing acts polluting the charts today my smell better and are more likely to hoover a hotel room rather than wreck it but that doesn't compare to the times when music was deafening, the musicians were always drunk and mostly high but always entertaining.