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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    And Britney Spears won't be on the radio in 25 years either.
    I hope you're right, but Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Bangels have been getting a frightening amount of airplay lately.

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    I agree that crap music isn't a new phenomenon. I like '80's music, but the '80's were crap. None of the other rock decades were immune, either, as you note.

    I think the big difference in popular music now is that everything is so fractured. Way back when, people either listened to Q102 or WEBN. Their parents listened to WARM98. That was about it. Now there are so many stations catering to so many genres that it's tough to stay current with it all. And small labels, despite the proliferation of stations, still get short shrift.

    Today it's possible to be completely unaware of a massively popular act like Brooks and Dunn or T.I. That would've been impossible a generation ago, when everything "popular" made its way onto one of two or three stations. In general I like the greater amount of variety out there, but everything seems so compartmentalized that if you don't force yourself to move around the dial from time to time, you'll never get exposed to things that might have forced their way into the mainstream back then.

    I guess I'm saying that not only is much of the music "safe," but so are the stations themselves.
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    When Elton John was asked about his thoughts of the Ashlee Simpson lipsynching inident a few years his answer was the best description of the modern music industry. His response was that music industry no longer exists as it has become strictly the entertainment industry. There are good musical artists out there today such as Michael Buble but they don't reach the mainstream. In the mid to late '90's music itself started to push back with the onset of punk-ska and neo-swing genres seeing brief mainstream success. Ska-punk bands like No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Reel Big Fish tore up the radio with punk, reggae, and ska elements with catchy horn riffs and upbeat guitars. Neo-swing bands such as the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy started playing upbeat swing with horns, piano, etc. The lack of sustained mainstream success can be attributed to a couple things. First of all the lack of depth of the quality of bands attributed to an overall infiltration of the radio. The second and most important thing was the lack of the demand of the quality of music by the consumer. Most people these days don't want music. They would rather have the Britney Spears type acting like she's all innocent or a rapper rhythmically reciting erotic lyrically poetry to a 10 second cut of a Stevie Wonder song. It's really ashame that music hasn't improved with technology and it's kind of weird to note a retrogression in the quality with improved technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harangatang View Post
    When Elton John was asked about his thoughts of the Ashlee Simpson lipsynching inident a few years his answer was the best description of the modern music industry. His response was that music industry no longer exists as it has become strictly the entertainment industry. There are good musical artists out there today such as Michael Buble but they don't reach the mainstream. In the mid to late '90's music itself started to push back with the onset of punk-ska and neo-swing genres seeing brief mainstream success. Ska-punk bands like No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Reel Big Fish tore up the radio with punk, reggae, and ska elements with catchy horn riffs and upbeat guitars. Neo-swing bands such as the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy started playing upbeat swing with horns, piano, etc. The lack of sustained mainstream success can be attributed to a couple things. First of all the lack of depth of the quality of bands attributed to an overall infiltration of the radio. The second and most important thing was the lack of the demand of the quality of music by the consumer. Most people these days don't want music. They would rather have the Britney Spears type acting like she's all innocent or a rapper rhythmically reciting erotic lyrically poetry to a 10 second cut of a Stevie Wonder song. It's really ashame that music hasn't improved with technology and it's kind of weird to note a retrogression in the quality with improved technology.
    I really disagree. I think there's just as much good music out there as there's ever been, but people just have to work to find it. Elton John has always been part of a bigger and more public part of the music industry. With all due respect to him (and I love Elton John), his music, while good, has always been part of entertainment. People who are stuck in that world are bound to see that world. There is a huge underground music industry that is producing quality stuff that has little to do with mass entertainment and there always has been. I know a great number of people who make quality music that they love, either as musicians or as producers or as executives, and they do it for a living and are very happy with it. It doesn't get out to as many people as the "entertainment" genre, but it is most definitely there and it has an audience.

    Many of the very best bands in history were largely unknown, but they survive. One of my favorite bands ever is Television and they certainly fall into that category. There were bands during their time who sold billions more records; Television didn't, but they're still touring and still good. That's just always been the case and will continue to be. The only major difference I see is that in the past, many major, popular bands were also viable musically, even regardless of personal taste (Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin). It's harder to find bands of that magnitude these days who are that good...but it's harder to find bands of that magnitude today, period, because the industry and the demographics of people buying records have changed so much. Fewer and fewer older people are buying records; they're spending their money on things that weren't available in the past: expensive electronics, DVDs, etc. Meanwhile younger kids have more disposable income than they used to so they're the ones buying records. Tastes haven't changed that much on a great scale. Demographics have.

    I do think that the internet and so forth are good for music...any band can get its stuff out there to thousands in a second. It hasn't completely happened yet, but in time I think this will cause bands to really have to do something to stand out against all that competition, and it will be a natural weeding out of sorts. It's going to be very interesting.
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    Speaking of Led Zeppelin, on this date in 1969 they released their eponymous debut album.
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    It's not just music. Individual taste is subjective, be it music, food, clothing, art, etc.

    Budweiser is the world's top-selling beer. It's not the best tasting beer in the world, but it's got a mild flavor that appeals to (or at least doesn't offend) the majority of people. There are beers with more flavor, but taste is very subjective and robust flavors don't necessarily appeal to the majority.
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    I actually think that in the early days, MTV was very instrumental in opening up the country to a broader spectrum of music than we previously had exposure to. Before I had MTV, my music choices were limited to pretty much what was available on the radio. The radio, at least in Cleveland, was as it is today, dictated by the whims of the program directors, many of whom push a very limited variety of music they deem popular (or the record companies "pay" them to deem so). MTV, on the other hand, was like a breath of fresh air. You may call it filler, but early MTV would air just about anyone who put out a music video, which wasn't a common thing when it first came on the air. Therefore, they couldn't just stick with one "format" like the radio stations did. I could see Devo, followed by Van Halen, followed by Run-DMC, followed by Madonna. If I didn't like a song/video, I knew one I would like would be on shortly. I don't think I would have ever been exposed to a lot of New Wave, College Music, Rap, or even a lot of Heavy Metal if it had not been for MTV. It may seem like they played a lot of crap back in the '80s, but that's likely just because the music industry put out a lot of crap. I think you had a better chance of finding out about a new band that you would love on MTV than you would on the radio...well at least here in the midwest.
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    Re: MTV and the music industry

    ...and then there's American Idol, taking music to another 'level'

    Bob Dylan bores me to tears -- Simon CowellFri Jan 12, 2007 9:25 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 11 (Reuters Life!) - Don't expect to see Bob Dylan joining the celebrities on "American Idol" anytime soon.

    One of the show's judges, Simon Cowell, says he has never bought a Dylan record because he "bores me to tears."

    The British pop impresario says in the February issue of Playboy that he would "plug my ears and run in the other direction" if he were to see a 21-year-old Dylan singing "Blowin' in the Wind."

    Cowell, 47, is not known for holding back when it comes to issuing verdicts on the wannabe stars who flock to the top-rated talent show. Last season, he said a female contestant was so fat that the stage should be enlarged, and he suggested that another hopeful should shave his beard and wear a dress.

    On the other hand, he told Playboy that inaugural champ Kelly Clarkson is "a young Aretha Franklin," and he much preferred her music to Dylan's.

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    MTV to Music

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    Re: MTV and the music industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Yachtzee View Post
    I actually think that in the early days, MTV was very instrumental in opening up the country to a broader spectrum of music than we previously had exposure to.... Therefore, they couldn't just stick with one "format" like the radio stations did. I could see Devo, followed by Van Halen, followed by Run-DMC, followed by Madonna.... I don't think I would have ever been exposed to a lot of New Wave, College Music, Rap, or even a lot of Heavy Metal if it had not been for MTV.
    I wholeheartedly agree with this. I'm sure I never would have heard of ZZ Top or Run-DMC without Mtv.
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    I wholeheartedly agree with this. I'm sure I never would have heard of ZZ Top or Run-DMC without Mtv.
    On the other hand, they also brought us The Jets.

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    MTV was simply a stage for advertising/promoting bands old and new. Would some bands have ever made it, like Men At Work, if not for the exposure on MTV?
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    On the other hand, he told Playboy that inaugural champ Kelly Clarkson is "a young Aretha Franklin," and he much preferred her music to Dylan's.
    Oh...yikes.

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    Look no further than MTV's and Puff Daddy's "Making the Band" - which turned into a crappy female pop group known as "danity kane" - for evidence as to how MTV has influenced the music industry negatively.

    "bands" are put together based on look - music is written by others for them to perform, and poorly IMO.

    You really have to get beyond MTV to find good music these days. If you ever watch any of MTV's actual video channels, its the same ol' crap recycled hour after hour. Justin Timberlake, Christina Augilara, Shakira, Ciara, etc, over and over and over again. I think one night at a friends house I ended up hearing/watching the same video more than a dozen times on 2 of their channels within 4 hours.

    MTV was my alter growing up as a kid, when there was only one MTV channel, and it actually played music vids.. now adays MTV is teh suck
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    I don't think MTV is the place where you go to look for the best new music anymore. May have been that way, back when you could watch shows like 120 Minutes, Yo MTV Raps! and Headbanger's Ball. But now you don't need to watch MTV for that when you can just as easily find that stuff online. Plus you don't have to wait around all day to catch that new video you were waiting to see. The MTV of today reflects marketing data that teenagers don't want a whole day of music videos. They'd rather watch a whole day of kids in their late teens and early 20s making fools of themselves on some reality show. I can remember when the Real World was actually a rather innovative idea and was compelling TV, just because they pulled a bunch of people from different walks of life, just to see how they'd get along. Once that got stale, they shifted to trying to find the most controversial people they could find. From what I hear, they've now resorted to finding the naughtiest people they can find.

    I can remember when VH1 began, showing videos to cater to the baby boomers. It too went the way of ditching music videos in favor of reality shows and their ever popular nostalgia shows. But does anyone really sit around and watch music videos all day like they used to?

    The one thing I miss from old MTV is Liquid Television.
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