I took advantage of an online sale and received a Go-Gos greatest hits CD. (I know what many of you are thinking, but that in itself is not the disturbing thought; they're simply one of those bands that refuses to put their three good songs on any of the bazillion 80s compilations out there, and I don't have iTunes or Napster or any of those.)
So I was listening to it this morning and got to work a few minutes early, so I looked at the liner notes. There's a multi-page essay about how they were the greatest, they were unappreciated in their time, yadda yadda. . . . All the while, I'm thinking, "No, this was a merely above average band whose crowning achievement was making Jane Wiedlin famous enough that she could be cast in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure despite having no acting ability."
But then it occurs to me: I've seen such essays in just about every "greatest hits" CD I've ever seen, essays about how the artist was ahead of his (or her, or their) time, revolutionized the genre, was a huge influence on band X and Y and Z, etc. Fine if you're talking about Bob Dylan or Billie Holliday. A little less fine, but still acceptable for The Clash or Pearl Jam, really pushing it for The Go-Gos, and yet still unexplainably contained in the liner notes for CDs by bands like Poison and A Flock of Seagulls.
So the disturbing thought? In about twenty years, if you're demented enough to buy the CD, you can read this essay:
Scary, huh?Though his seminal work with N-Sync is now considered to be some of the greatest music of the 21st century, it was in his solo career that Timberlake truly exceeded, summing up the uncertainty and paranoia of the Bush years. Beneath a facade of foppish sexuality--who can forget his Super Bowl appearance with the late Janet Jackson?--he portrayed a poetic maturity that only now can be truly appreciated.