This car is very much like the generic, royalty free dubstep you’ll find accompanying the grainy videos of a 240 doing messy donuts in a parking lot at night. Now, I really wanted to make the other obvious joke here and go with the Teriyaki Boyz’ Tokyo Drift, a song usually precluding the arrival of a slammed Civic, steering wheel held out the window to maximize swag points, or as the precursor to a sideways curb-slam, or perhaps collision with a telephone pole.
This is basically what I’m talking about. Believe it or not, this is actually an edit of 16 “different” songs that all graced the BeatPort Top 10.
Instead, I’m going to go with the slightly less obvious joke, which is your generic EDM. Think of the license-free dubstep that sounds like soundclips of the fight scenes in a Transformers movie. It’s an apt comparison, because there are plenty of electronic musicians who do have compositional skill, and who know how to put on a good show. In the same way, there are 240SXs that are set up properly for the track or drifting, but too often it’s simply excessive camber, tilting plasti-dipped replica wheels, cone filters sucking hot air, raceland coilovers, a massive sparkling shift knob right out of a sex shop, and a terrible sounding straight pipe exhaust, preferably with bozo JDM street cred tips. In short, it’s about making noise, it’s about “haterz” and “neckbreaking”, and a sense of fake individuality. This is a commonplace problem in our society, which values personal opinions too much. Anyones terrible idea is defendable by saying “hey man it’s just their opinion”. Having an opinion is all you need anymore, it’s even more important than what the opinion itself is. We’re so politically correct that we can’t even bear to tell someone they’re wrong, so they go through life not knowing. Stance culture is a manifestation of this, a form of expensive self loathing in which one spends thousands of to inflict pain upon themselves and incite disappointment in others. They feed off negativity, because they’ve been taught that you’re not doing it right if you don’t piss off other people.
Here’s an example of a richly layered, well thought out electronic song. Not a single Pryda Snare
Such is the case with many electronic “artists” nowadays. The initial love of electronic music were the different noises that it was capable of making, the deep bass, crazy modulation of samples, and just different sounds themselves. But somewhere along the line, people lost sight of the actual structure of music making, and it became a noise competition over a broken drum beat that could go to any other song. There’s no melody, there’s no compositional beauty or complexity, there’s simply SHOUTING LOOK AT ME NOISE NOISE NOISE BOWOPIWEJGOIHJGWEOIHWEG NOISE NOISE BEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEP DOWOOWOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWOWOW.