Kid Rock responded to Bob Lefsetz’s theorizing on why Rock N Roll Jesus was selling so well with a missive on why his fans connect with him, as opposed to artists like “Brittney” (sic) Spears and Mariah Carey. Guess what: It’s not because he’s refused to put his summer-song contender “All Summer Long” on iTunes! Instead, follow along with me as I retell the story of a young man who’s become disillusioned with the world at large, and reillusioned with himself:
I really believe its about a connection to the artist and the “lack of” that plays a big part in this. When I would hear a Bob Seger or Run DMC record as a kid, I really believed they WERE the songs, and that they were who they sang and wrote about. I think that connection, especially in pop music has been missing for sometime. Shit, I dont think kids even believe in half the rappers are who they claim to be anymore. On another note, the radio has fucked so much of it up, for instance, that James Mcmurty song is a pop hit, but they know he wont suck thier dick so they say fuck him and as a result kids lose out on hearing a great song and pop music suffers. Now obviously i dont suck dick either, but i know how to put my arm around em and make em feel good, maybe tickle thier balls a little if it means more people will hear my music. BUT NO DICK SUCKING!! Programmers are not the fucking stars, artists are, but if they would rather party with brittney or mariah rather than folks like me, thier missing one hell of a party!! I mean ,I wanna be friends with radio and have met some good folks in it, but overall they make it very difficult with the politics and bullshit, and the record companys share in that as well. (shit, sometimes us artists do too)
And this biggest thing is, you ll never beat word of mouth on a good product! And when people love something, theyll do whatever it takes to get it. Itunes is convienient, but so is Mcdonalds, but……. a lotta people still wait in line and make reservations to eat elsewhere!! Sometimes when you believe in yourself and your product, NO is the best answer. Thiers plenty of ways to have big sales without itunes (or conventional wisdom), i just proved it! (dont mean to toot my own horn but BEEP FUCKING BEEP!!!! haha) bottom line, lets bring some creativity back into this buisness and make it fun again,lifes too short, thats where im at with things.
I wasn’t aware that “smushing together a bunch of old classic-rock radio staples and turning them into a juicy nugget of rock-radio-ready jammage” was what “creativity” meant these days, but I guess the lexicon is always changing.
All Summer Long [Lefsetz Letter]