The Grammys: Unpopular in Downtown Eugene

Despite its lively music scene, residents in downtown Eugene do not intend to watch the award show.

By Laura Hanson

photophoto (1)Downtown Eugene residents are generally uninterested in watching the Grammy Award show on February 10th, citing their unfamiliarity with the nominees and distaste for modern music.

When shown the list of Grammy nominations for the 2013 award show, downtown Eugene residents were quick to criticize the show, modern music and explain the merits of their personal favorite musicians. Taking a smoke break outside of their rehabilitation clinic, brothers Parker and Justin Jones explained why they did not intend to waste their time on Sunday evening watching the show. “Most of the music they nominate, I don’t listen to. It’s not a part of my generation… Cake is my favorite band. Weezer. Jane’s Addiction. All of the guys who are dead from heroin addiction… This is our rehab center.” Indicating the building behind him. “I grew up in Seattle when Nirvana was around, so we would hang out and listen to them,” said Justin Jones.

Parker Jones demonstrated a greater understanding for the awards show than his brother. He believed that The Black Keys should be recognized at the ceremony: “The Black Keys should win record and artist of the year. I’ve been listening to them for a long time and they’re good now. They’re hard and freaky enough, but still have enough pop appeal [to win an award].”

Both brothers were eager to discuss the new wardrobe regulations for the show. A memo from CBS, the broadcasting company airing the show, addressed to those attending the ceremony leaked to the public last week. The memo asked those attending to, ”Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples.”

Justin Jones explained the reasoning behind the regulation change: “It’s a ratings thing; so many kids are watching, they don’t want kids seeing anything indecent.” Parker Jones added, “They’re trying to get women to actually wear clothes. They should be able to wear whatever they want.”

Andrew Agerter of Eugene Toy and Hobby saw Album of the Year nominees The Black Keys and Jack White in concert in 2012. On the award, he said, “Personally I’d go for El Camino, myself, as much as I enjoyed Blunderbuss, The Black Keys are my style.”

Agerter’s coworker, Jeremy Lee, was critical of the nominees and of the award show: “I agree that music’s important. I just don’t like this stuff. They just say, ‘If people will buy this, great. Let’s just cookie cutter out more stuff.’”

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, February 10th.

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