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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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multiplexer
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I have no King Crimson on my iPod. I do have King Missile's Way of Salvation album, but somehow, I don't think that's the same thing. :) I also have a healthy dose of Dead Milkmen.

There's some serious punk, techno, and electronica here in the artist list, which flashes my tastes. And it's a wide and very healthy selection of techno and electronica music. I likey the oontz oontz oontz, but that it no way precludes listening to everything else on God's green earth. Iggy Popp, right now, is also very, very, very popular in the household.

We have the same problem with ripping CDs. I estimate that 60% of our CDs are ripped and in iTunes. But I suspect that the 40% missing might very well be crap.

ect does mix album exchanges with people to get more music passed around, so every once in a while we get a hot infusion of new stuff. Every mix album exchange thus far has spawned 2-3 album purchases. Physically exchanging music with other people has, thus far, been the absolutely best way that I've found to get people to hear and think about new songs/groups. They're trivial to produce in iTunes -- I sent off a techno mix disc with 8 songs that had to have a certain sound to them -- and you can put together art and liner notes and everything. You can't do cross fading or slip queuing or anything that is hawt DJ l33tness, but you can produce a mix album.





snidegrrl
Jul. 7th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Hey if ect would like to do mix exchanges, I am all over that! I have a long and varied history of mix exchanges. I might even have a tag for that although I think they are all just under the LJ tag "music". Oh, except I've only back-tagged through 2003. Heh.
multiplexer
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of mix disc exchanges right now because mix discs are something that is not baby-dependent and something I can pick at while at work.

If I understand the game right, you have a bunch of people in a pool that all play. Someone picks a topic ('water', 'flying', etc.) and everyone gets assigned random mix exchange partners. Everyone puts together a mix disc and sends out discs in the mail -- or, you know, drive the whole 1/2 of mile to your house. Wash! Repeat!
snidegrrl
Jul. 9th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
OK, my topic is 'crazy'. I may have a head start... :D I'll make you one if you make me one?
multiplexer
Jul. 11th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Woah. I am way behind from being on vacation!

I'll make a tag called crazy for music, and some mix disc goodness shall be had.
snidegrrl
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
sweet - let me know when you're ready and we'll exchange.