Hey, it's Pop Scene! Our monthly feature in which Mike Conklin and Mike Dougherty climb out from under their indie-rockist, um, rock, to find out what regular people all over the country are listening to. This installment features selections from the iTunes music store.
Title: Party in the U.S.A.
Artist: Miley Cyrus
Conklin: Yes, this is the song she performed at the Kids Choice Awards while allegedly pole-dancing. Truth is she barely touched the pole, of course, and that there was a lot of fuss made over absolutely nothing. Would have been nice, though, if some fuss had been made about how completely full of shit this girl is, singing a song about how out of place she feels in Los Angeles because, omigod, she swears she’s just a regular girl from Nashville — you know, despite being one of the most famous and patently artificial human beings alive. During the performance in question, she enters the stage from a trailer home, in order to illustrate just how out of place she is among the rich and fancy, and we’re supposed to ignore the fact that she grew up the daughter of a famous and wealthy singer. We’re also supposed to ignore the fact that she doesn’t know how to sing, like, at all.
Dougherty: Here, we learn Miley has a couple favorite songs — one is Britney, sure, and the other is apparently Jay-Z. Which is totally believable; it’s probably “Hard Knock Life” or something, but can we imagine, just for a second, Miley going word-for-word on, like, “Money, Cash, Hoes”? I would have memorized a lot more DMX verses if Billy Ray were my dad, too.