It's not easy being a follower, a sheep. People, am I right, or am I right? Back in the '90s, they said: The mainstream sucks. Indie is king. Stephen Malkmus or Scott Weiland, who do you trust?The article is about the band Garbage. He spends 400 words talking about himself before getting to the band. Let me ask you, what kind of critic follows trends and bands just to be considered cool? A bad one. The name of the article is "Now You are Supposed To Like Garbage." No, asshole, you were always supposed to like them if you enjoyed their music.
For a hopelessly confused budding rock critic, where exactly to tread wasn't clear.
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So we let lapse our interests in Pink Floyd (good idea) and The Who (bad one, since rectified) and commenced wading through the stuff we were supposed to like.
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Then, slowly but surely, everything changed: Indie sucks. The mainstream is king. Yay popular pop. While some of us weren't paying attention, the zeitgeist blew right by. And all we have to show for the journey are dead-end streets, having followed bands no one noticed, gone to shows no one saw, immersed ourselves in albums no one bought.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Why no one likes rock critics
From Philadelphia City Paper, April 2005: