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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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rob_donoghue
Jul. 7th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but pretending this isn't subjective is an impediment.

I agree that Metallica is a better band than DL, hands down, but at the same time, DL is more...emblematic of the hard rock movement. part of that is the level of commercial success, part of it is that lack of quality. They're just the right kind of loud.

Buggles get more props for th efact that their members are all guys whose names show up deep in the jacket info of a lot of albums. The video angle is just the thign that seperated them from other bands and people (like, say, the Alan Parsons projects) who had _huge_ behind the scenes influence.

I call bias on the topic of the Monkees. :) I think they were absolutely an influence on the creation fo the artifical band, as were other efforts, including real winners like Menudo. The reason I pick NKOTB is that it is the perfection of the forumla _without apology_. The Monkees were created to be _derivative_ of other bands, and that was held agaisnt them (Did they play their instruments questiosn being the big indicator). NKOTB was _shamelessly_ shallow, but that's what worked.

That said, Ah ha is actually a wonderful choice, if only to be emblematic of our flash in the pan obsession.