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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 02:11 pm (UTC)
This is interesting, because I was just about to comment that I didn't know anyone to whom U2 is a personally important band, unlike, say, Pearl Jam, which someone mentioned above. I know several people who are to some extent "obsessed" with Pearl Jam, travel to see their shows, collect bootlegs, etc. I don't really know anyone for whom U2 is that important. I've always seen them as a great radio band that everyone likes but few people (aside from critics) really love.

I have to agree about the influence of the Stones, too. I am not a big fan of theirs, but like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and even the Velvet Underground, they made a real impression on the music that followed.

Also, Kim is obviously waiting for me to jump in and say "Rush", so I will. :) I don't think I can really make a case for them being as big as the Beatles, or even them being a band of "my/our generation", but they have certainly sold a lot of records over the past 30 years. Also, unlike the Rolling Stones, Kiss, and Aerosmith, all of which share the same career longevity, they are still getting good reviews and fan response for their new stuff. Not so much with the other three, huh?
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
My ex-boyfriend Rob had CDs of two bands: U2 and Depeche Mode. He literally listened to nothing but U2. U2 was like a god to him.

Yeah, I dunno.

There is a terrific case to be made for Rush's greatness, and they transcend generations!
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
I listened to nothing but U2 on my iPod for the six months after I saw them in concert! But I am *so* much cooler than Rob.
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I can see it, with Rush. They are steadfast, for sure! Also good call for throwing in Velvet Underground, who threw a good-sized stone into the water and the ripples are still spreading.

Wow, I have no music-related LJ icons. Dang.