Tuesday, June 22, 2004

No More Exceptions

I'm back to what sucks. As we--all ten of us--know, bands like Nickelback really suck. Suck in a deep, dark way that hurts our hearts.

It's not just like they're bad. Millions of people listen to them and love them. That's what makes the sucking hurt. That music this machine-tooled, mass-produced, and soul-dead gets consumed and loved while there is so much good music out there is...sad. That the record companies, MTV, and radio programmers continue to get away with this scam is...sad.

That this has always been happening in some form or another is not sad; it is a fundamental paradox at the heart of pop music's tug-of-war between art and commerce. If you can't enjoy the friction, listen to opera. But that the battle between the two, at least on the airwaves, is pretty much lost is...sad.

But who can summon the will or energy to try to put the shittiness of bands like Nickelback into words? I can't. I don't have the musical vocabulary, for one thing; for another, there are simply too many shitty bands to know where to begin.

That's why I'm so thankful for this amazing audio stream. It says it all. Seriously, whoever did this should get airtime on MTV and all the major modern-rock Clear Channel affiliates, to demonstrate the findings of his experiment and to present these villains with an opportunity to apologize to the vulnerable and so ruthlessly exploited rock audience. I don't see how this is any less of a scandal than the Milli-Vanilli brouhaha fifteen or so years back. But standards and corporate accountability have slipped so far since then I doubt this marvelous expose will get the airtime it deserves.

(Thanks to the blog whose name/url I can't remember for linking to this in the first place).


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