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Challenge: Disprove CM's Thesis

cheetahmaster posted this thesis on music of our generation. And I'm curious to see if it can be disproved. I think it probably can but I don't know exactly how or with what examples. (Note: I don't think you can or should take CM to task directly for the statement if you think it's wrong, let's just call it a statement that's hanging out there to be disproved.)

It's also hard to define greatest, in the sense that do you mean are they our generation's Elvis? Or our generation's Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones? The latter of whose influence and greatness is probably widely debatable? [edit] And can our generation even have something seminal like that?

I am thinking of greatness in a sense of popularity + musical quality (or percieved musical quality based on critical repsonse) + staying power. And I don't listen to what people would consider "great" bands by those standards, so I have a hard time coming up with alternatives.

Anyways, discuss.

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snidegrrl
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
I thought of Radiohead too, but don't know enough about them to really defend them as an option.
cheetahmaster
Jul. 7th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Michael Jackson never maintained his popularity, though, and is now something of a sideshow joke. While U2 is still selling out stadiums.

Radiohead? Were they ever that popular?
snidegrrl
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
I think it's easy to underestimate the impact of Radiohead. I'm not a huge fan but they are critic's darlings, and inspire music fans to slather praise and pontificate. And I suspect they move a not-insignificant amount of product. Influential is a word you could easily use to describe them.
cheetahmaster
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Influential, I would give you. Popular? No. Biggest? No.
professorbooty
Jul. 8th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Radiohead may not be the most popular, but they are definitely quite popular.