Anyone else think mainstream music (especially rock) is a travesty to music?

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Steve_Wolff
Anyone else think mainstream music (especially rock) is a travesty to music?

As you can tell, I AIN'T a fan of mainstream music. It simply sucks. Finding a good mainstream artist is harder than finding a myspace code. It's that elusive. All you need to be a good mainstream artist is the ability to copy others and lack talent. Worse, any artist in the mainstream that's decent is past his time. Is there a way we can put QUALITY into mainstream music again, if it ever had that. Mainstream music is a travesty and a cancer to the music scene. Anyone who likes it is kidding themselves into thinking crap is quality. Check the underground stuff and you'll see more quality there.

   

   

BeachBum77
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I don't know...to me, mainstream rock isn't that bad...it's pop music that makes me sick.  If someone wanted to torture me, all they would have to do is play Avril Lavigne or Fergie... *barf*

LadyCerridwen48
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I'm going to have to agree with you there, BeachBum.  Although, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised bu Christina Agulierra (sp?).  I thought she was just another prostitot, in the ranks with Avril and Brittany.  Gotta say, that chick's got a set of pipes!  Thing is, it took her doing a retro-style album to get that recognition. 

 

"He sounds different. It's the only reason they can hear him at all."

elleoelle
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It's a factory. A formula.

The Britney-Christina formula sells records. As does the boy band formula and the indie-sounding garage skater rock. As long as people are buying formulaic music, the labels will keep signing the same sort of acts and not veer from what's proven to make money.

(although I feel a little bad grouping Christina and Britney together. I doubt anyone will argue that Ms. Aquilera actually has talent. Girl has pipes - I do agree LadyC.)

It's incredibly difficult for any unique act to get any sort of exposure. A&R people rarely take risks. And now with recent legislation threatening internet radio and podcasts, it'll become even tougher for anyone unique to find an audience.

That's why if you hear a band you like, an indie/unsigned band, using a method to download their work from myspace isn't helping the process. The internet does allow even the most obscure band to sell CDs on their website. It's crucial to support them so that we don't have a world limited to Top 40 drivel or JackFM DJ-less digital playlists. 

 

 

LadyCerridwen48
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[quote=elleohelle]

The internet does allow even the most obscure band to sell CDs on their website. It's crucial to support them so that we don't have a world limited to Top 40 drivel or JackFM DJ-less digital playlists. 

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That's something I've been loving about MySpace, the exposure to local bands, easy and comprehensive access to local bar and band schedules, and the fact that I CAN buy albums from bands that you just aren't going to find on the rack at your local Best Buy.

NY radio ditched Jack FM this week!!!  Yay, I have my oldies station back!!! 

 

"He sounds different. It's the only reason they can hear him at all."

fourtytwocents
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although i do enjoy some mainstream music, my heart belongs to anything before the eighties...disco music aside, there was alot of pure music back then, vocals, guitar, piano....just pure..I agree with LadyCerridwen48, myspace is awesome for good music...

To err is human, to forgive divine

Steve_Wolff
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I hate Avril the most. The fact that she's got fans is a bigger travesty than the fact that she's in the business. I'm guessing the same people that discovered Vanilla Ice discovered her. To me, rock with all that emo crap is lame and useless. All those bands look like posers and copycats, probably thanks to the influence of MTV--or NTV (Nazi Television) as it should be called. NTV is the source of lots of image problems and depression lots of people face. It places values on being popular and its own fascism. It tries to control the world of fashion, censorship and music and comes up with idiotic ideas. If you like the MTV of today you are a nothing but a wannabe because that's all MTV creates.

downgirl2182
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Im not even going to go in depth with this subject.  All im going to say is death to mainstream

Steve_Wolff
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Amen.

p to the izzle
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Mainstream  music has it's place in our world. It's like the old saying. Without Rollerblading every idiot would ride a skateboard. That being said, I like some mainstream music. Rap is very mainstream. Hip hop culture as it were is permeates popular culture. Yet I love a good radio edit rap song. Now my music of choice is mostly metal and hardcore but on my iPod you'll find some Fergie, some Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy Justin Timberlake and such. Just because most mainstream music lacks talent does not mean all mainstream music lacks talent. To be honest the lack of talent really only affects the listener if they go see one of these performers live. Britteny Spears lip syncing for $200 a seat is a tad bit wrong. Now say, 10 years ago I would have never admitted to liking some of the above music. I guess being older makes being cool less important. Now that I've played the other side, here are some great bands that aren't mainstream to check out:

Between The Buried And Me

Rocky Votolato (singer songwriter genre)

Rise Against

Coheed & Cambria

ps, It bears mentioning that Rush is part of Mainstream music especially mainstream rock. They're not my favorite but I can't deny they are some talented SOB's.  

 

"I'm just like you only shorter."

 

elleoelle
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[quote=p to the izzle]

Now say, 10 years ago I would have never admitted to liking some of the above music. I guess being older makes being cool less important.

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Amen. I myself have BEP, a little "X-tina", that Usher tune that echos Michael Jackson 25-30 years ago. Old Madonna and Duran Duran (because I am a 39 year old chick) are next to OuKast and old Run DMC. 

Even Kelly Clarkson and Mandy Moore.

So yeah - it's FAR less important to be cool now that I'm on the right side of 40 for just a few more months. Like I've said to a prolific musician whose tunes I liked 20 years ago as much as I like his new stuff (genres couldn't be more different, those who know whose myspaces I do), when asked what kind of music I like "most"...."I like what I like". Whether there's a synth or a bagpipe. I don't care what people think anymore. 

 

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