John Mayer has been giving to Rolling Stone and Playboy lately, but it's been widely reported that he had to apologize for a racial slur this week.
Dangerous stuff, those slurs, and I hope he apologizes for the non-important, tacky details he's been throwing out there as well. I'm not interested in reading that "I'm so significant--let me tell you about my sex life" drivel. Sadly, this type of disease has
infiltrated American culture lately.
This only matters because Mayer is a talented songwriter and guitarist (and a sort of acquired taste as a vocalist--some find his style annoying) who managed to sneak "Waiting On the World to Change" to the top of the charts a few years back. Mayer was vague enough about his criticism of world leaders, including Bush II, that it eluded all the radio censors, who seem to think that socio-political pop is obscene. Modeling "Waiting On the World to Change" after Curtis Mayfield's '60s work with the Impressions (think "People Get Ready" and "I'm So Proud") was a masterstroke, insuring that Mayer wasn't merely ranting.
So why does this guy's intelligence vanish during interviews?