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Davey Why does bad music sell? (96* d) RE: Why does bad music sell? 20 Sep 99

Wow, what an interesting thread... I don't get in here as often as I should, but I feel I need to add some comments. I think that the music today, at least that which gets commercially marketed, serves the corporate agenda, in that it caters to a generation who have been raised on McDonalds/Wall Marts and other mega enterprises where volume is the only criteria. Consumers are geared to mass marketing, 15 second sound bites, and journalistic rags that harp on the same topics over and over until the mind is numb and begins to believe all that is presented. In addition, most people are so overworked and stressed out that they can't take the time to actively seek out alternatives. Therefore they take the easy way out and 'go with the flow'. This applies to the music scene as well, where a glitzy presentation and catchy beat are more important than content. Poet strikes a chord (pun intended) when stating that one's musical taste is the product of age and energy. I've run the gamut of 50's and 60's rock 'n roll to the folk of today, and for me, the latter has much more meaning now because it speaks to current issues, not just the 'he loves me/she doesn't love me' crap that's endlessly repeated in different ways. Frank Hamilton, I liked your comment that Americans are not well educated musically. This applies to Canadians as well. Further than that, we are not well educated on many levels except for that which serves the corporate agenda. I'd better get off my soapbox before I get really wound up and end up writing a book.

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