Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, February 10, 2006

Daily Rant

So, American Idol had better ratings than the Grammys and in fact the Grammys scored its smallest television audience to date. Between 8:00 and 9:00, nearly 29 millions people watched Idol while only 15 million watched the Grammys. It seems people are more interested, or call it hopeful, that there is undiscovered musical talent out there considering the sad state of music these days. I’m sorry but John Legend is not a legend now and he most likely never will be, Kanye West is fine as a rapper and spokesperson for idiocy but you won’t find him in my CD player, and Mariah Carey’s comeback has a better chance on Celebrity Fit Club then at the Grammys. Why are the Grammys so bad and why doesn’t anyone care? Simple, rock music is horrible these days. Just look at the Best Solo Rock Performance category: Clapton, Robert Plant, Springsteen, Neil Young and Rob Thomas; four of those 5 are already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I don’t even know who Rob Thomas is, and if you look at any category with U2 in it, they won too. When were the words, “Today’s music aien’t got the same soul, I like that old time rock and roll,” more poignant? Why do the Rolling Stones, U2, and Sir Paul make the most money touring? Because rock music today sucks, that’s why kids today listen to Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Eminem, not that rap is exactly the finest musical genre out there. Rap music comes and goes and what was hot yesterday is outdated and old tomorrow. The Rolling Stones still sell out in their 60s, I don’t see the same things for Kanye at the same age; anything released by Clapton, McCartney, Aerosmith, Neil Young, or U2, becomes an instant classic. Bands like KISS and the Eagles can go out on tour tomorrow and be the highest grossing acts out there. People are so starved for rock music that bands that did not have half the talent of bands like the Beatles or the Stones make money hand over fist when they reunite and go on tour: Poison, Motley Crue, Skid Row, etc, etc. And there are bands that if they got back together would make more money than the GDP of many small counties: The Who and Led Zeppelin (even with half the band already dead).
Someone somewhere forgot that rock music is all about rhythm and blues, no not the R&B of Carey and Beyonce, but the rock music that goes back to Elvis and the Beatles, with electric guitar, lyrics you can understand and sing to (even Bob Dylan’s incoherent lyrics), and a rock and drum beat that people can play air guitar to and tap their feet and fingers to in the car.
Please bring back rock and roll. I aien’t saying she’s a gold digger, I’m just saying that the music sucks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHat is really lacking in today's music is soul. The bands you mentioned all had/have it. "Artists" like Kanye West do not. What he has is a great marketing machine. He creates a controversy, generates interest, and people go buy his stuff to see what the big deal is. And, not knowing any better, or being told by the media, decide that this is what is "good." In a perfect world, a Motown revival would be taking place right now. There are good bands out there, playing good, straight up rock-n-roll, but you're going to have to do some searching. Go to your local record store, not the Sam GOody at the Mall, a mom and pop record store, ask the clerks what they're listening too, and you'll be on the right path.

Mon Feb 13, 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good strategy, or use (believe it or not) iTunes. They have virtually every signed artist and some who are not, and you can preview every song. Not all albums are available yet but I'm sure they will be. I know this is nothing new, but I think its great how I can sit there all day and find new artists and even genres that I can get into. I have discovered some of my favorite artists on there (Forest Sun, Chip Taylor, Tim O'Brien) and it is very easy to sift through the mass-marketed crap like Kanye, Clay Aiken, and anything else you've ever heard of.

Mon Feb 13, 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Don't get me wrong, I think there are a lot of people out there making really good rock music, and I could ramble off a list of some of the bands too. But, the problem is that only those people who understand how bad the music out there really is know that they need to go out and find good music. Kids these days have always had MTV and BET and have been spoon-fed musical crap since birth. There needs to be an alcohol-awareness-type campaign to get kids off the streets listening to bad music and to learn what good music sounds like. Kids need to learn that just because someone on TV tells them that some song or artist is popular doesn’t mean that the song is good.
Want to know why kids buy car speakers that blast bass so that those in other countries can hear too? Because the words aren’t important because they know the song will be old by next week and replaced by a new piece of garbage.

Mon Feb 13, 02:24:00 PM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Couldn't agree more. Here's a list of shitty musicians and the people who are either poor and less famous (or at least less famous) but have more talent and should replace them:
Jessica/Ashlee Simpson: Rhonda Vincent
All Rappers: Jurassic 5
Coldplay: Son Volt
3 Doors Down: Ryan Adams
Widespread Panic: Yonder Mountain String Band
Kenny Chesney: Lyle Lovett/Dwight Yoakam
Green Day: Circa Survive
Phish: Hit and Run
Willie Nelson: Guy Clark
Beyonce Knowles: Jill Scott

Mon Feb 13, 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Willie Nelson is an icon though, and I don't think he can be replaced when you view his body of work. Same with the Stones, their early stuff is amazing, their later stuff does not measure up, but I would take a 30 year old Stones song over almost anything that comes out today.

Mon Feb 13, 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While it would be great to tell kids today that just because MTV says that "this is what's happening," that they have choices, they don't seem to want any. Why think for yourself when someone else will do it for you. This is what you like, this is your favorite song, you like these clothes...people who do their own thing, and like different music aren't cool. THe Black Eyed Peas suck rocks, but at this point could release an album of Fergie farting in a mason jar, and if MTV said it was genius, the sheep would snap it right up, and there would 8 copycat albums in the near future. Don't try to save them, they don't even know they need saving. Pop in some Marvin Gaye and know that, at least, you have some taste.

Tue Feb 14, 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I once tried to do the saving, and failed. But, I was once saved. I once only listened to rap and hip-hop, as embarrassed as I am to say that now. MTV and the ilk taught me that country music was for rednecks, I had never heard of blues or bluegrass, rock music was cool in the 80s but was now dead, and any music made before the Sugar Hill Gang was either disco, music for old people, or crap. Someone had to show me the light too.
Maybe it is something that happens with age or maybe it is something that kids today need to be forced to see like pulling back the curtain to show who the wizard really is, but as long as they still believe that the world is flat they will never know what is really out there.

Tue Feb 14, 10:54:00 AM  

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