Re: Music question: Should the sins of the children be visited upon the parents?
I don't really blame the forfathers of any genre for the mountain of crap that generally gets released in their wake. There's a lot of awful prog that can trace its roots back to Pink Floyd, but i don't think Pink Floyd can necessarily be blamed for that. Ditto Zeppelin, or Judas Priest. And how much cheesy goth music could be pinned on the Cure or Joy Division?
I loathe bands when they artifically change their sound to fit with what's popular--particularly when they're not very adept at it. (I'm looking at you, Bono.) But it's hard for me to fault a band simply for blazing a trail.
We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.