American Music = Crappy
I just saw a commercial on TV for some upcoming music award show, some generic meaningless music popularity contest, and as the guest performers were listed, it dawned on me that none of them interested me in the slightest (with the near-exception of The Killers). Furthermore, as I thought on the bands I DO like, I realized: “Hey, I don’t like American music!” For instance, U2: Irish, Coldplay: British, Radiohead: Biritsh, Travis: Scottish. Even Rush is Canadian. I guess I can only speak on music in my genre of interest, rock/alternative (and to be honest, I’m still not sure what alternative is supposed to be), but having said that, I think American rock music these days is weak. Pitifully weak. It’s like American music consumers don’t value good rock music any more, just shameless R&B songs about hedonism and sappy pseduo-rock songs about – well, I really don’t know what, feeling sorry for yourself I guess. Now, to be fair, while I don’t like R&B, there are many people who do like it for some reason, and I respect their freedom to like music that I find mindless and carnally-oriented. The same goes for other genres I don’t like. But as for rock, there is something wrong. Of course, this observation about the dearth of good American rock makes me wonder what it is about the United Kingdom that produces such good music. I also wonder why the American market doesn’t demand better rock music. Hm.