August 11, 2010 16:03

Kylie Minogue songwriter Mike Stock: 'Lady Gaga is just a pole dancer'

Stock says he 'doesn't regard' the likes of Gaga and Rihanna as pop music

Kylie Minogue songwriter Mike Stock: 'Lady Gaga is just a pole dancer'

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Songwriter Mick Stock has laid into the current crop of female popstars, including Lady Gaga and Rihanna, for being too explicit.

Stock who, alongside Pete Waterman and Matt Aitkin, helped bring Kylie Minogue to the fore as a popstar in the 1980s, said that the style of the genre nowadays is not suitable for children.

As well as calling Lady Gaga "a deceit", Stock told NME: "The stuff that Rihanna [releases] and the recent stuff is extremely explicit. So in that sense I don't regard it as pop music."

Stock added: "I've always held out for decent pop, which to me is music that can be appreciated by all ages. The more racy stuff that you see going on nowadays is not something you could put two to ten-year-olds in front of, and you're embarrassed if you sit there with your mum. I find that [style] almost anti-pop because it targets the 18-25 year-olds to the exclusion of everybody else."

The songwriter, who has written a new theatre show taking in 'clean' pop music called The Go! Go! Go! Show, has called on broadcasters to "show their responsibility" by pushing for more suitable popstars and songs.

He says he first became moved to speak up about the music after young mothers in focus groups for The Go! Go! Go! Show told him their thoughts on the subject.

Speaking of his desire to back them up, Stock reasoned: "It's only somebody to stand up and say, 'Excuse me can you think about this a bit more?' That's all I'm doing."

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