A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Today's music doesn't suck any more than yesterday's. It's easy to look back and remember only the good parts of the past. There has always been plenty of crappy music around, it's nothing new. In the seventies, I proudly wore my "Disco Sucks" t-shirt...because disco sucks. The eighties had an abundance of new wave wuss bands and Madonna and her clones. The nineties brought us the bad poetry set to stolen music that is rap.
I like a lot of the different genres of rock, but I am primarily a headbanger. With the exception of a brief period in the early nineties when ZRock stations were popping up around the country, the radio has never played my kind of music. Bands like Motorhead, Megadeth, Slayer, and even Metallica did fine without any significant radio exposure. We relied on word of mouth to find bands we liked or, as Marty said, heard them at parties, and that still works. There are good bands out there...find them and share them with your friends.
My first post here,
I contend music doesn't suck today, there are more great bands out there now than ever before.
The embarrasment of niches concept is where the problem lies. You can find thousands of bands worthy of attention on Not Lame's site, for instance, but you basically have to know what you're interested in to find the site and those bands in the first place. For the most part you're not going to get any mainstream exposure to those bands, which means you've got to be deliberate in what you're searching for online etc.
Jason and the Scorchers, Cheap Trick, Tal Bachman, Pugwash, Duckworth Lewis Method, The Michael Schenker Group, The Shazam and a thousand other artists have released stellar music in the last few years (in the case of JATS Halcyon Days or Cheap Trick's The Latest or the new MSG lineup with Gary Barden back on vocals IMHO being perhaps their best work in decades) but where are you gonna hear them unless you're already a fan?
There is no mainstream exposure for these projects barring a few cuts on satellite radio and programs like Little Steven's Underground garage...in which case, you still basically need to know your niche to find the stuff.
As an aside,I thought for a while that Satellite radio would be the saviour of new music, but it's been in large part another big disappointment. A casual scan of the Sirious dial will yield the same Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Carrie Underwood and Pink Floyd stuff you can hear on your local radio station for free. Nothing against most of those bands, but do you really need to hear Black Dog or Dream On again and pay a monthly fee for the privilege? The few specialized channels, like Outlaw Country or LSUG have limited playlists which often repeat the same few songs with virtually nothing new. LSUG does play the Shazam and new Cheap Trick stuff, but it's the exception.
As long as the major players, American Idol along with the corporate enities like Clearchannel etc. have control over radio and major tours, you're just gonna get bombarded with manufactured crap 24/7.
Casual listeners seem to be pretty satisfied with that whitewashed, manufatured corporate stuff, and the rest of us are simply stuck, with few exceptions, with our niche genre's and that's fine with me. 99% of my online time is spent searching out bands and new music to experience, I think we all know how to find what interests us or search for something new and unexpected to enjoy... I don't see it changing any time soon so why fight it ?