My favourite topic to discuss!!!
I totally agree with you and Brian on this one. I grew up listening to stuff that wasn't cool. Queen is the best example. When I was 10 and started to like Queen no one in my school or around me, except of my mum, liked Queen. I used to wear a Freddie T-Shirt at school and the kids would say to me: "Eeeeehh, you like Queen! You're shite!"
The older I got the less it bothered me.
Here in Germany, most people are very narrow-minded when it comes to music. I've always been interested in older bands. When I was 14 I got into The Clash. They remained my favourite band, along with Queen until this day. If you tell someone here in Germany that you like The Clash, no one knows who you're talking about. You mention Joe Strummer, they're completely lost. 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' might remind them....
None of my friends likes Queen that much. They dig the new stuff, regardless what kind of music it is. But it has to be new. Old stuff is uncool! The other day a guy told me: "I hate Queen!" I said: "Why?" He said: "Cos the singer was gay. And he's dead anyway."
That made me wanna strangle the guy, I tell you!
I have no problem to admit to others that I love Queen, The Clash, The Beatles and also Elton John, some country stuff, Elvis... whatever!
I enjoy listening to Take That sometimes cos some songs were really cool! I love Robbie Williams!
I don't like Hip Hop, but I think Eminem is a genius!
I don't like Madonna's music but I really admire the woman for what she's done althrough her life!
I don't like J-Lo's music but I also think she's a very hard working woman.
And she's good at what she does.
BUT what I don't like is the fact that today music has become a mass production. Things like pop idol are so fucked up and not just that. There are so many bands/singers who don't deserve the success they have!
Just because the look good, can sing a bit and can dance doesn't mean that they are musically talented!
Anyone of us could make a #1 hit today if we wanted to. Technic can manipulate our voices so that they sound good in the end.
So in these cases, the effort behind the music is not made by the stars, but by other people who do it all for them.
And the charts are full of that crap! At least here in Germany. And they get all the money and the success for things they haven't even done themselves and taking the place of people who make real honest music!
Many of these bands who really put an effort in the music by writing and playing themselves don't get supported enough anymore. They don't even get the chance to let the people know what they've done.
I know a band that's kind of successful (or at least was successful) especially in the UK, and I know what happened to them. The record company, a big one, doesn't support them and I know how hard the guys work on their music! They deserve a little more attention I think.
To me, Britney Spears is one of many. There's no exclusiveness anymore because one sounds the other, and soon there are a few of them just because one has had a big success.
The "re-birth" of rock (how it's often written in mags) came with The Strokes. Now just look how many "The" bands there are and how many of them sound like The Strokes or at least try to.
This is what annoys me. But in many cases you can't even blame the "artists". It's the record companies who fuck it all up!
But I definitely admire those who work hard and I recognize their talent even if I don't like their music.
PS.... wow that was long...
"This world may be another planet's hell."
- Aldous Huxley