Bad taste, Odd Future
Odd Future's 20-year-old frontman Tyler the Creator has been keeping journalists busy with his own peculiar breed of semi-nihilistic hyperactivity.
His lyrics are filled with expletives, abandonment and an extremely large dose of rape. The videos (made by band members and starring their friends) are a colourful cocktail of blood, vomit, unloved skate parks,
threatening innuendos and experimental drug taking. With crowds scrambling to shout “Kill people, burn shit, fuck school” at their sellout concerts, you might be forgiven for thinking that the future’s looking very odd indeed.
Beyond the well-worn expression of youthful rebellion, however, the Western preoccupation with authenticity loads flaws and imperfections with valuable social currency.
There's a definite appeal to the aesthetics of ‘bad taste’ in contemporary Western culture, which flaunt convention and codes of behaviour.
Just look at the spread of hipster culture in the mainstream, complete with retro animated gifs it hurts to look at and gaudy vintage sweaters that look like someone's thrown up on them.