If only it were that simple…
‘I believe that most of the real musicians at this point have been stymied by the pop industry; an industry seemingly set on destroying itself. We’re left with the fall-outs, the b-musicians at best, shedding clothes instead of shredding guitars.’
Billy Corgan: on modern pop stars who “do porn” in their music videos.
The frontman for Smashing Pumpkins says he believes the public have “had it” with overtly sexual pop stars.
Corgan: “I have a strange sense that people have had it with pop. I can’t compete with somebody who’s doing porn. The person who does porn for their video is going to sell more records than me.
“So how did we compete back in the day and how do we compete now? It’s the same. You have to be truer than false, realer than fake, and you have to bring something that only you can bring.”
Gene Simmons: ‘Rock Is Finally Dead. It Was Murdered’
“Rock is finally dead,” Simmons declared in an interview with Esquire. “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered,” he added. But rock’s killer wasn’t the blurring of musical genres or lack of craftsmanship. Instead, Simmons blames file sharing and the fact that no one values music “enough to pay you for it” for murdering rock n’ roll.
“It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance. If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible.”
Compound that with numerous other factors, like free music internet stations (Spotify, Pandora, etc.), Pop Musicians (like U2) giving albums away for free on iTunes, and a very confused music industry in general… and things seems dire indeed.
Is Rock (or Music in general) finally crossing into the light? Might be. Seems to be doing something.
As the front-man for Blabpipe, I think I’ll just keep on rocking.. ’til I drop. Let the industry catch up when they can. 🙂