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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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salami_salome
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm having a hard time with this one too. I'll listen to a U2 song if it comes on the radio but I don't own any of their albums, and their ubiquity to me sorta seems to water them down.
Does the death of Kurt Cobain disqualify Nirvana? I'd say they were a star that shone pretty bright, if not for very long. Even if you hated 'em you gotta admit they were big. Anthemic. And people projected the gestalt of a generation onto them, whether or not they wanted it that way.
snidegrrl
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
i think the thing with Nirvana is that the follow through wasn't them. everything that came down after nirvana broke may be somewhat attributable, and certainly they are universally recognizable... ehn, i don't think i know enough about the grunge thing to answer. i bet some pearl jam fans could make a good case for that band, though. far as i know they are still together.
multiplexer
Jul. 7th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
As a Pearl Jam fan, I can make absolutely no case for Pearl Jam. Like most of the grunge bands I love (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, etc.) I love them but they aren't all that good. :)
angela_la_la
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
I don't think their lyrics are any worse than U2's, for sure.