I’m getting a little pissed at the number of people going around regurgitating “music now’s not like it used to be” “all post 21-century rock and pop in garbage”
Albeit today rock and pop bands (not acts) struggle to break above the choppy waves of one-direction or <insert generic r&b artist here> in our current album charts the reality was perhaps not so different in, say, the early 90’s. Kurt Cobain and Nirvana could only muster an all time best 5th in the UK singles chart (with heart shaped box), a feat “bettered” by the likes of Take That, Wet, Wet, Wet and Madonna several times within the span of their three (real) albums.
This has obvious parallels today with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys or Arcade Fire (two groups which will eventually go down with the Pixies, Velvet Underground and Nirvana themselves as some of the greats).
Putting nostalgia aside, let’s be honest, Humbug and Funeral are better albums than “are you experienced - hendrix” or the one with the warhol banana on the front by the VU. Not much better, but better. (I’m not saying they’re bad albums THEY’RE FUCKING EXCELLENT bits of work)
We’re too scared to admit this because critics have created a certain aura around these classics, and again don’t get me wrong they are classics, that makes them untouchable pending the wrath of the sheep of YouTube and members of other social arenas.
Stubborn or old fashioned? Have a look around at some of the Rock and Pop out there. Agreed, music is easier than ever to make, so the vast majority of it dilutes some modern gems. There’s a million sewers of shite you could stumble through but every so often somebody flushes something good down the toilet.