Originally Posted by Redsland
Absolutely. Can you imagine Bob Dylan becoming a superstar today? I can't.
There have been good ones who have squeaked through to superstardom while still being genuinely good, valid bands: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Oasis come to mind. Notably, though, they've done it while pretty much avoiding MTV.
I do think it's romanticism to say that there's crap on the radio these days more than in the past. There was an awful lot of bubble gum crap on the radio in the 60s, an awful lot of drone rock in the 70s, an awful lot of crap, period, in the 80s, etc. And a lot of those people got a good chance due to their looks too, even before MTV. We just don't remember it so well because, of course, it did not survive. And Britney Spears won't be on the radio in 25 years either. The sheer amount of money changing hands for this crap these days is ridiculous, but I think that would have happened without MTV anyway.