Not all mustaches are ironic. Mine isn't, at least. I genuinely think I look better with it than without it, haha.
I completely understand what he's trying to say because I come into this exact some contradicting idea. He just doesn't want to say it and I believe you put it nicely. I'm not going to, modern pop is basically fake. I like songs for lyrics. So if someone else writes and does a good job I'll enjoy the song; however most of the time they just get an "attractive" singer "singing" songs about meaningless ideas or such ambitious points that its pointless.
So to go from something deep such as bad religion or bayside and say you like bieber just as much is a bit ridiculous. Chances are you like him for his appearance not his pubescent voice.
Anthony's point is completely legit just most people don't want to believe it. They are different kinds of music.. real and fake.
This is why I love Bayside. Their lyrics ACTUALLY mean something.
Except you're basing what "good music" is on what you
like in music. You're devaluing the musicality and the performance.
Pop music isn't
fake. You may not like it, but it is a genuine form of art. Saying "the singer didn't write this song, so it's not honest" is plain stupid. The songwriter could have been completely honest when he wrote the song. Also, there are many bands who's singers do not write the lyrics; does this mean they are not "honest?"