</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font>I know I’m going to be attacked (probably by Rosa) for labeling, but broad labels are helpful. </font><hr></blockquote><font>Haha. This, from someone whose longstanding quote was ‘Ban the PMRC!’ Sometimes I think you should be a card-carrying member <img>
But my quest to thicken your perspectives has become futile. You’re a nice kid. I just think you need to get out of the midwest, if only for a vacation. Maybe travel to a more diverse part of the country, where the boundaries between people fluctuate and dissolve, and where important decisions are made about domestic policy.
And back to the topic at hand. I think what you’re trying to do here is replace modern bands with the bands from which they drew inspiration. Which would be like saying, ‘don’t listen to Rosa, listen to her dead Grandfather instead! Now THERE’S talent!’
Essentially, all music is influenced by SOMEone. For every generation, music, politics, technology, etc. are handed down, altered, and expanded upon. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I think it’s erroneous, and dangerous, to get so caught up in revisionism that young bands don’t get a chance to be heard. It’s also a disservice to the pioneer artists, who worked hard (artistically, beaurocratically) to give young people that very opportunity. I don’t suppose you vote Republican?
If you go around cutting chunks out of things you will inevitably chop off some of the more useful parts. Pop music has its place in our culture, even if elitist lemmings (not necessarily you, dear Malc) think it’s unnecessary and unlistenable. Art isn’t always bad simply because it’s popular, although popularity and art don’t always have the most healthy of relationships. Pop music is both a shining example of capable songwriting and ingenius marketing, and a vulgar display of materialism and sexual exploitation. I think it’s actually a fascinating commentary on our culture. And it’s part of a bigger whole, which should be examined, not censored.
I say, listen to whatever pleases you. But please, paws off my collection.
I don’t hate you, Malk. Just giving my input, as you requested.
<small>[ 08-29-2002, 08:35 PM: Message edited by: rosa ]</small>