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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 01:48 pm (UTC)
I have only listened to Fish-Marillion and I kind of wonder if that's not a good thing. :) For some reason Fish irritates me.

Thank you for giving props to the Dave Matthews Band. I love that they are making some of the most intricate and interesting pop music and still selling big. So many people deride DMB and I think that's because they do sell so big and to so many regular folks, not because of their music.

There are so many bands out there for me to explore... I think I'll never catch up.
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
yeah.. DMB is great.. They are amazing musicians.. I like most of their stuff.
I tend to gravitate mostly towards the stuff that they don't release to be beaten to death on the airwaves, but Before These Crowded Streets is a beautiful album in my opinion.. I think the song lengths and a few odd meters and such turned some people off.. but I think it's great.

The Marillion debate is a huge one.
It's blasphemy to say you like Hogarth better than Fish with "true" Marillion fans..
I dunno.. if your expecting prog with Hogarth.. you'll find a little of it.. but it's more very polished rock to me, but I love it.
I found Hogarth to be a bit boring at first, but I think it's because his voice is so different from anything I've heard before then.
Now he's far and away my favorite vocalist/song writer.. that band to me is much better than the sum of it's parts..
Drummers might tend to shy from Marillion a bit as well.. he doesn't do anything flamboyant or super tricky.. He does what fits the music.. and after time you do realize that they all have their mark on the music which you'd not trade.
He used to play with Hackett's band or something me thinks..
Jul. 8th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Personally, I will gladly deride Dave Matthews Band on the basis of their music, but maybe that's just me.