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the millenium the music died

there’s an unbroken line that runs from frank sinatra, to elvis, to the beatles, to david bowie, to the sex pistols, to u2, to nirvana, to eminem.

someone was always around to shake things up and make music interesting again, when all was looking irretrievably lost. the sex pistols had sid. u2 has bono. nirvana had kurt. the beatles got lucky and had two people. well, maybe, two and a half, if you count george.

i wish someone would come along and make music interesting again. and don’t tell me about the arctic monkeys or franz ferdinand or whatever the flavor of the month band is now.

you know what i mean, and the scale of influence to which i’m referring.

npr is getting boring.


  1. It’s true… after that bands, we haven’t seen a really “strong” band… But maybe it’s because we are in a big world, and there are so many bands… Today I can listen to music from China, Turkey or Nigeria, thanks to internet. And music turns into a new style everytime with that influence.
    In my opinion, instead of having one big band, we have lots of small bands.

    Posted on 31-Mar-07 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  2. that’s very true–music has fragmented not only by country, but into innumerable styles. and with the internet, if you are into industrial music from latvia or whatever, you can focus like a laser on that and get a steady stream of your favorite music.

    i also think that the relative weakness of the big 4 music companies makes it difficult to market an artist into a position of dominance, “american idol” notwithstanding.

    maybe we’ll never see another u2, and maybe that’s not a bad thing.

    thanks for showing me the optimistic side of a pessimistic post.

    Posted on 01-Apr-07 at 7:28 am | Permalink

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