As a music business student, I have an interesting class schedule at times, so currently, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I don’t have class until 5 p.m. This allows for me to be able to do a number of different activities. Catch up on some lost sleep, do some homework, take my dog on a walk, make some eggs and hashbrowns, maybe take my cup of coffee with a joint if the day is right. And, it was one of these unique mornings that I had a realization that inspired me to take a big look at the band Maroon 5.
That morning I decided to take a stoned shower and somehow, randomly, “This Love” by Maroon 5 came onto my shower playlist. Now I’m sure I won’t have to remind you, that “This Love” was one of Maroon 5’s first big singles, coming from their first album, Songs about Jane.
Listening to this song reminded me how much love I had for Maroon 5 after that album came out. Their unique use of jazz-pop fusion was a welcome surprise compared to all of the other pop of the early 2000s.
Fast forward to 2019; and who do we have playing the Super Bowl? Maroon 5. I think I can speak for a lot of other people when I say; in an extremely dull Super Bowl, the terrible halftime show was icing on top. The band played a half-baked performance, barely held together by skeletons of their old music, and a horrific butchering of Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.”
And where was I during this halftime show? I was sitting in my fraternity house living room thinking “Finally, this is exactly what this band needs.”
Don’t get me wrong, there was no way I would think that monstrosity of a halftime show would be good for the band. As much as I loved Maroon 5’s first album, the love disappeared with each album they released. I couldn’t put my finger on why I was progressively liking them less.
Then, 2010 came around, and they released “Moves Like Jagger.” This was the turning point for me. I finally realized what I didn’t like about the band anymore: Maroon 5 had lost all of its sense of originality. What made the band so interesting was their use of pop trends alongside jazz techniques to make songs worth talking about. By the time “Moves Like Jagger” came out, the band had no “sound” that they were able to draw from, instead only following the basic pop song formula of the time, solely relying on the dull drones and Adam Levine’s screeching vocals.
“Alright Charlie we get it, you don’t like the band anymore. But why did you say that bad halftime show is what the band needed?”
Thank you for asking. Even though the entirety of that Super Bowl was hot garbage, there is still a silver lining around this dark cloud. My one wish is for people to have come out of this Super Bowl and finally realize that Maroon 5 is no longer a band that deserves our attention. We live in a time of great pop music, and we deserve better than this corporate sellout of a band catering to the lowest common denominator.