|yeah but look at the pattern.. lol ive been thinking about this for a few days, talking with my girlfriend about it. the industry goes thru a cycle, seems to me anyway. the 50's, great breakout era for rock and roll then towards the end A&R men ruled into the mid 60's. a lot of covers of the same songs were released. late 60's into the 70's we get the brit explosion and the great american response to it, that gave us the stones, hendrix, the who, creedence clearwater, the doors and many others.|
then disco came around with many innovative players doing new things noone had heard before, it became staid and commercial formulaic, the backlash was punk, the pistols etc in the uk and bands like husker du in the states.
it burned bright and short, then we got the west coast metal scene in the states, and the electronic thing in the u.k. it started out raw and edgy but by the end became silly and commercial
the backlash this time was grunge in america and acid house/ dance in britain. now we can go into more detail because this was something i saw happen.. i hit uni in 98, when dance music was massive but not commercial yet, you could got 20 differen clubs on any given night and here 20 diferent styles of dance music. into the 2000's and the small clubs are disappearing replaced with superclubs all playing the same chart crap.
so another stagnation..
for some reason then everything just became a demographic. when i was a kid i bought my combats in the army surplus store, now "metal kids" go to the same designer shops as everyone else to make their parents buy them 100 quid "distressed" metal wear. they're no different than the WAGS, the emo's, the clubbers.. and the music is he same.
right now metal, like a lot of other music seems to be a demographic.. its targetted at an age group. the music sounds the same, there's no rebellion anymore, there's no passion. bands dont make money, producers and labels do. Buy this sig axe, buy that sig amp, i have to have X guitar with Y pickups and Z amp to get band XYZ's tone..
the only band i think have really and truely kept there values, and have just gotten harder the older they get is slayer..
there will be a backlash soon, i wonder what we'll hear then