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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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zenthia
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Well, my comment over there refers to my favorite band, but to make a serious thought-- I was watching VH1's hottest bodies the other day (at the gym - honestly, that's the sort of thing that really helps keep you going past the time you were going to stop... Oh.. it's Carmen Electra... Must... sweat... harder... butt... not.. that.. firm...) Anyway, so on came Madonna and there she was in all her glory and hot bodied-ness and I thought - damn, she must be the musician of the last few decades. Always changing her style, still staying on the radio and generally being provocative if not down right important. So, I don't think it's U2, I think it's Madonna, not that I'm going to go buy her new album or anything.
snidegrrl
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
I maintain that as time goes on, her music will be remembered as pretty good, but her entertainment business acumen is what's to admire. :)
examorata
Jul. 7th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
I agree completely with this statement. Even though I do not now and have never liked Madonna's music, I can remember *visually* many of her styles throughout the years. She is a fighter and a hard worker and an excellent self-marketer and a fascinating self-made woman. But I still put U2 above her on the "music of my generation" schtick.
cheetahmaster
Jul. 7th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
She is, in fact, the strongest competitor for the title so far.

As I noted in my discussion, though, I think more people listen to U2's music than listen to Madonna's. And as noted over there, I have no facts or statistics to back that up. :}
professorbooty
Jul. 8th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
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As I noted in my discussion, though, I think more people listen to U2's music than listen to Madonna's.  And as noted over there, I have no facts or statistics to back that up. :}

I think it's the other way around, but I also don't have any numbers to go on.