Some comments my friend Olaf and wife Andrea said a couple weeks back has had me thinking a lot lately. Olaf has long thought that my motto when it came to music was “your band sucks”. Many of the comments had to do with me being a music snob and having no respect for other people musical tastes. I guess it is partially true since I do dog on music I find less than steller, but I am bothered that they think that I am so close minded.
I know both think that I will automatically begin hating a band if they become popular. This is so far from the truth. Yes once upon a time I had a problem with bands becoming mainstream. But years ago I fell in love with Coldplay’s first album Parachutes, one day I was clicking through the channels and came across the video for Yellow playing on VH1. I was excited to have stumbled upon and watched eagerly. Then the end of the video came and that is when I realized that this was a countdown show of the most popular music at that time. What amazed me was one that I loved this song/album so much, and that it was the number one single on VH1 at the time. I think it was a good thing I was sitting down.
So this one moment made me rethink everything I had thought before. From that day forward I set out to try to broaden my horizons when it came to popular music. That was back in about 2000-2001 sometime. Since then I have fallen in love with so many bands that are or have become very mainstream. (Radiohead, Cake, Black Keys, White Stripe, Dropkick Murphys, Foo Fighters, The Killers to name a few)
That brings me to my next thought. This kind of came to me yesterday while watching a video of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan doing a press conference down at South By Southwest happening down in Austin, Texas. It’s long but watch.
I agree with some of what Billy says, but I don’t take that much of a hardline. One of his major things is the separation of main stream music by both the record industry and by Indie Hipsters. Do hipsters really stand against there favorite bands making it big? That seems so stupid to me. I want my band to become popular and be successful. I want to whole world to share the love I have for their art. I do think that if a band completely changes there style just to make it big is sad. It is the only reason I would turn on one of my bands. Don’t get me wrong its ok to change, just a shame when is drastic. When your view of a band is solely determined by where you think you stand culturally, you are no longer a music fan and you only can be considered an elitist. If hipster really do think this way, indie rock is doomed.
I do think the record industry is broken at the moment. I think that the major record labels have to much control over what people hear. I think that not enough people think outside the box when it come to discovering music. I think a majority of people listen what is fed to them and accept it as their choice. That being said, I do think there are lot of people both making and discovering music in so many forms. I think for those who do dig under the surface there is an amazing amount of music for what ever taste one has. I also think that I still need to stop telling people what they like sucks.
In closing, I want this to be notice that this blog is a form of self expression as well as a way of sharing the music I love. It hopefully is a place of discovery for me. I hope you all continue to share your thought and music interests with me. With that, I leave you with the video for Yellow by Coldplay that I mentioned above.