MEMBERS ONLY: Sam Smith Sounds Like Tom Petty Because There's No Way To Do a Truly Original Song Anymore
I think there's actually another reason a song recorded in the year 2014 by a British guy who sounds like estrogen being injected directly into your soul can sound exactly like a song recorded in 1989 by an American rock singer who looks like Janice from the Electric Mayhem after a two week bender. I think it's not only possible but almost certain that the writers of Stay with Me had never even heard I Won't Back Down. The fact is, we've finally reached a point of critical mass in pop culture, having exhausted every possible creative idea and motif that doesn't involve the invention of entirely new technology. The "primary colors" were there all along and there were always a finite number of variations on a theme that could be concocted before every song sounded like something somebody had heard before, every movie looked like something somebody had seen before, all art started to appear the same. Not exactly the same, of course -- you have to allow for progress in the way art is able to be created -- but alike enough to evoke an eerie sense of deja vu. This is especially true when it comes to music.