Is this real life or a modern reboot of Spinal Tap?
We often ask ourselves that question when writing about EDM, but American broadcasting network ABC brought the absurdity of modern commercial dance music to a whole new level when the (once respected) nighttime news program Nightline broadcast a 5 minute segment on EDM cheeseball David Guetta which is causing a riot of laughter across social media today.
Both the over the top presentation and lack of research are causing people to ask if this was a true celebrity profile or a reboot of the famous heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
Watch it here:
ABC is promoting the video with this headline – that Guetta “helped bring house music to the US.” Which is, of course, a colossal slab of bullshit.
The video shows a photo of a young David Guetta, and while there are people complaining about Guetta talking about House Music, he actually did make a “real” House Music record back in 1994 (and before that, really cheesy rap.) On “Up & Away” Guetta teamed up with the legendary vocalist Robert Owens, which was remixed by a young Dimitri From Paris. We wrote about this in When Guetta Was Underground:
But the video shows far more scenes like this:
And this curiously unhinged interview:
Nightline’s producers seemed uncomfortable with Guetta’s rather animated performance, and kept cutting away at a furious pace to the interviewer who somehow managed to sit passively through this performance:
A few people are chastising ABC (which has been pretty good, on a local level at least) for their ignorance of the history of the music they’re proclaiming Guetta the “grandfather” of:
@ABC needs a history lesson. Maybe they need to chat with @5Magazine @blucu @djheather @Cajmere_ @andrewemil @LouieVeganyc @GeneFarrisChi @anthonynicholso who all know the history and were making house or deep in it in the USA before @davidguetta “helped bring it” here. C’mon.
— Jeremiah Seraphine (@jeremiahIMC) October 20, 2018
I think it’s pretty funny on the whole. Five years ago we pointed out that the once ubiquitous Jesus Christ posing of David Guetta had become unusually muted, and it had become a bit boring to hate on him. How can you really hate on a guy who makes songs dedicated to his hair gel?
One hopes that making fun of David Guetta is back on the menu for 2018.