When I was 13-years-old, I bought Madonna’s Like a Virgin. Up to that point, I listened almost exclusively to classic rock and ’80s hair bands, so this was quite different than what I was used to. My older brothers mocked me for listening to “that pop crap”. I promised myself then and there that I would never make fun of anyone’s musical tastes, no matter what.
I have to admit, I almost fell back on that promise when I became a father to pre-teen and teenage girls. For example, I have a 13-year-old daughter who loves One Direction. (Harry Styles – which I always thought sounded like a hair salon – is her favorite.) Now, I have listened to more 1D songs than I care to admit on a public forum. And while they are not necessarily on my list of Top 30 bands, I can honestly say that they are definitely not the worst band out there.
Mitski Miyawaki – who goes by her first name, like Madonna – seems to feel the way I do. Recently in Billboard she stated, “We seem to de-legitimize music that has a majority of young girl fans and think of it as having less cultural value.” She then goes on to prove her point by covering One Direction’s “Fireproof”. (Which is a pretty good song, even when done by the boys in 1D.)
Trust me, don’t dismiss this cover simply because it’s a One Direction song.