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MUSIC: An art or a Con?

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MUSIC: An art or a Con? Popular music is dead. Rock Music is dead. Now we just have pretty models to look at, whilst their "music" simply serves as a continuos drone of un-originality and as commercials for the corporate entities such as Britney Spears who masquerade as "musicians". The term quality that has been associated with music has been replaced with 'child exploitation.' It should be illegal! The music industry and music industry press with entities such as MTV, act like N Sync, Eminem, Britney Spears and about a dozen other musical acts are the only music available, anywhere. In the early nineties MTV and music magazines used to expose literally hundreds of new (and not so new) performers every year, although admittedly, not all of them were brilliant. Now they focus on the same group of performers (who all seem to be image oriented rather than music oriented) only deciding to change bands when a record company decides to pay them lots of money for their next product to appear. But the result is always the assumption that there are no musical alternatives to these untalented bands like N Sync, or performers like Britney Spears etc. These untalented people, who usually have the abilities to sing as well as any one else, dance in synchronization and always look good, have no discernable traits to separate themselves. ...read more.

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This trend doesn't seem to be stopping, with more Britney Spear Clones, and with hugely successful bands like Linkin Park arriving on the scene to appeal to a whole new demographic. With the trend continuing, some people may find resolve in the knowledge that these bands exploitation purposes are being exposed. The terms 'boy bands' and 'manufactured bands' have all started to appear with the success of the much used 5 piece boy band template and programs like Popstars and Pop Idol, where the bands are shown to be modeled for exploitation on TV. But despite the acknowledgement of this, parents still seem to be happy buying albums (that were made by any writer for any band) that have the soul intention of manipulating money out of little children. Merchandise is also used in the same way. If people think the threat of 'brainwashing' to their children is non-existent, you must only look at how American culture has infiltrated the Japanese youth! There are a large number of decent bands coming out of England such as Muse, but they are continually living in the shadow of their American counterparts, who can be both genuine musicians and money churning concoctions. The English population for their part needs to find their senses (and taste) ...read more.

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The Internet, underground clubs and parties offer the only salvation from this invasion of corporate blandness. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins a few years ago said on Howard Stern that while rock is basically out of ideas, there is still groundbreaking innovation taking place on a regular basis in the world of electronica. His words have proven to be true, as underground dance music has replaced rock as the true voice of musical rebellion, and the Internet has replaced MTV as the place where the music of the future is exposed and exchanged right here in the present. Which would explain the lengths that Record companies have gone through to make Internet music banned. It would seem that people like me who have noticed this, will soon be able to make a difference, which is already happening in rock with the appearance of English bands in American charts, but they too have been subjected to hype and that probably means that in the background, a company is making the descions. For mainstream rock and pop, their era of importance is completely over, to be replaced with machine music and to be remembered for the bad mistakes that filled the late nineties. Infact, at the current time, an English electronica band are topping the albums charts followed closely by a lot of American popstars/groups and only one European Rock band at number 10 (an unusual success for Europe culture). ...read more.

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