The Wiggles have dominated the decade at my house.
Originally Posted by SunDeck
But I just don't think it's possible for any of them to reach the status of the rock bands from the 60's through the 80's. That money is going into manufacturing the next American Idol star instead.
That was one of the points I was going to make. Part of me dies with each successive week that American Idol (and its ilk) are on tv drawing big viewing numbers. It's wrong on a variety of levels. I can't decide whether it's more damning that the American public is so dense that they think it's good entertainment, or that it's more damning that the TV folks can't come up with anything better to put on the tube.
We also now have a generation of people who know Ozzie Osbourne not from his musical career, but as the goofy & out-of-it dad from his TV show. Same thing with Run from Run DMC. Our generation knows him as a ground-breaking musician, but there's a whole new generation who knows him only as the dad on Run's House. The interest isn't so much in the music as it is in seeing the goofy/dysfunctional hijinks at casa de Ozzie, etc. "Entertainment" has been redefined.
Maybe it's not so much a band of the aughts as it is a specific performer. Though the timing doesn't quite line up cleanly with the decade beginning & end, I think guys like Eminem and Moby were there early in the time frame. Maybe now it's more of a Jay-Z / P Diddy / Kanye West type, if you're open to the possibility that hip-hop is to the aughts as rock was to the 60s-80s.