The Bad Touch
By listening to the beat, and analyzing the lyrics of the song “The Bad Touch”, can the song be placed into a particular musical genre?
There are many different artifacts that I could have pick to write a paper about, but this particular artifact fell into my lap very unrepentantly. After leaving class I got into my truck and turned on the radio, I quickly recognized a particular song that I find very amusing. The song is called “The Bad Touch”, and is performed by a group called the Bloodhound Gang. The song has a very unusual beat and the lyrics are very funny, but the song is very sexually explicit. I continued to listen to the song until it was over. After the song was finished the radio station that I was listening to went to a commercial break, I then quickly changed to a different radio station. The next radio station that I switched to plays a completely different genre of music than the previous station that I had been listening to. I quickly noticed that this station was also playing the song “The Bad Touch” by the Bloodhound Gang. This lead me to my paper and research question.
The situation that created the confusion of which genre the song belong to was the two different radio stations playing the same song. In order to better understand the two different genres of the radio station I would first have to decipher what music genre the two radio stations considered themselves to be. The two different radio stations were
KWOD 106.5, and 107.9 The End. I e-mailed both stations to get their opinions on what
they considered their radio stations music genre to be. Kwod 106.5 believes that their stations music genre is “alternative rock”, while 107.9 The End believes that their music genre is hip hop, and pop. These two radio station would be considered to be very different by most people, this is why it seemed so peculiar that they would be playing the same song. In order to understand the difference between the two different genres that the radio stations play we will first have to identify the differences between the alternative rock, and hip hop pop.
The roots of rock and roll started in the South with rhythm and blues. Rhythm and blue was considered to be “Black”, music, this style originated in the South and was very popular among the black community. The artist utilized instruments like the blues guitar and the saxophone. Many of the original lyrics where derived from gospel songs, written by both white and black musicians. As time went on many of the lyric became much more sexual. The rhythms started to change to a much more seductive sound, and the name of the music was soon changed to rock and roll. Rock n roll was a slang term or an innuendo for having sex. It still incorporated the sound of the blues guitar, but over time the blues guitar was replaced with the sound of the country, or folk guitar.
Country and folk music were traditionally considered to be music that was listen to...