Pop is the comedy of music. Because it's accessible, it is undervalued by "serious" fans. "Oh, you have to listen to this at least ten times before you really get it," is the kind of praise offered to esoteric rock albums, as if there's a something wrong with music that is instantly enjoyable. Sonic Youth are lauded for becoming intentionally more obscure.
Instead, let's give props to Junior Senior, the duo whose D-D-Don't Stop the Beat is
astonishingly fun from the get-go. I love Daydream Nation as much as the next
music snob, but I doubt Thurston, Kim, et al. could come up with
anything as catchy as half the tracks on that CD, especially these days.