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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.



Jul. 7th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
There are so many issues of 'what is the greatest band ever' ...it gets homogenized by our 'cultural ear' (ie. would the audience consider The Roots' a band, or something not made in 'the west') and then by age (I wouldn't consider 'The Beatles' of my generation, and U2 formed the year I was born). And then what is it, record sales, mass marketing, longevity of albums past the time stamp of recording methods for years. I'm a U2 fan, but they have... I'd say... 4 albums I really like. I get as much music sustainability out of: Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Outkast, or Spiritualized. And this is just brushing the tip of major industry music, I'm woefully behind on not as highly circulated work.

Art shouldn't be a competition... No band can speak for 'a generation' because any generation is vast in it's experience and it's cultural touch stones. Art is reflective of a moment, and there are a thousand moments and billions of people in that moment. No particular viewpoint or commentary is better (although we can debate the execution of technique)
Jul. 7th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm not actually trying to get one answer. I don't think there is one right answer. I'm trying to get lots and lots of thoughtful answers, because my friends' words are interesting.
Jul. 7th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
ya...I reread your post and thought 'doh... I think I missed the point' (skipping my evening caffeine hurts the brain)... I think overallt he whole greatest band ever thing might just bother me.

to quote a great feminist

why does there have to be a heirarchy ;)