[I first posted this one back in 2009, and what strikes me most upon revisiting it is that I was hard pressed to nominate somebody new for the list -- i.e., somebody who arrived on the pop scene too late to make it in the first go round. Whether that speaks to the general blandness of most contemporary pop rather than to my general age-influenced indifference and ignorance of it I would not venture to guess. In any case, as you well know, I have deigned to do some rewriting and I even added a couple of nominees just to keep you all on your toes. -- S.S.]
Post-Beatles Pop Star Who is (or Was), Indisputably, a Huge Asshole!!!
Self-explanatory, obviously, but I've decided not to nominate anybody based solely on their politics. My feeling is that the name of this blog is PowerPop, not Pissed-Off Lefty or National Review Groupie, so out of a decent respect for the opinions of our diverse readership, I myself won't be dissing...oops, almost gave the game away there.
That said, if the rest of you guys feel the need to trash our Pop Star betters for no other reason than their ideological proclivities, feel free. My hands are clean.
And my totally top of my head Top Six is:
Not that I have any particular animus toward the guy, but I figured I'd just beat the rest of you to the punch.
5. Leo Sayer
Never buy an album from a man who looks like he should be singing the lead in Pagliacci.
4. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
C'mon, you knew I was going to do this. Billy Corgan, ladies and germs: His pretentious cueball noggin, his orchestra and his chorus.
3. Nicki Minaj
I carried on about this talentless lump of suet the other week, but at the risk of flogging a deceased equine, let me simply say, and for the record, that if she thought it necessary to set her hair on fire for attention she unquestionably would do it.
2. Mike Love (The Beach Boys)
For a zillion obvious reasons, not the least of which is that it gives me yet another opportunity to post the most awesome photo in rock history. Honorable mention: Occasional Beach Boy John Stamos, who's so big a putz he actually cheated on Rebecca Romijn.
And the numero uno living braying jackass in pop music indisputably is...
1. Neil Tennant (The Pet Shop Boys)
An entire career based on his seething resentment of the fact that nobody took his favorite disco records as seriously as he did. What a jerk.
Awrighty then -- who would YOUR choice(s) be?