The Enemies of Rock
Submitted by lbangs on Wed, 01/22/2003 - 06:35
- Major Record Companies - They pulled a few beautiful anti-anti-trust deals with Clear Channel and their ilk and now control almost everything you hear on the godawful radio today. They forcefeed us steaming crap by the spoonfuls and then have the gall to blame you and your computer for slumping sales. Just as they sought to legally halt your ability to tape off the music you buy, they are now trying to legally halt your ability to copy off the music you buy, only this time, the government is on their side and they will do it. Now, the courts are allowing them to force IPs to provide personal private information to help prosecute KaZaA users. Buy used CDs and LPs and download (er, only legally, of course... ;) ) as much as you can and continue to starve these sleazebags of profits. Even if they release an decent album every year or two, these companies are enemies of music.
- Michael Powell and the FCC - With a careless screw-the-listeners attitude, they relaxed decades-old rules and allowed two companies to buy up nearly every radio station in the United States. These moves allowed the record companies to gain nearly complete control of the airwaves, and those companies are a) whittling the variety of music on the radio down to a thin twig and b) shoving crap down your throats with no regards to listeners' requests or demand. Your local radio suck? Sure it does. Michael Powell with the FCC helped make it that way. And yes, Michael's predecessors were just as bad.
- George W. Bush - There is not a single large industry he would not kill to help, and he will help push any bill through Congress helping the big boys and sticking it to YOU.
- Rolling Stone and Spin magazines - Jann Wenner is one of the antichrists of rock, and Spin magazine never has and never will be cool. Both are in the pockets of the major labels and couldn't care less about quality rock music. Recently, a few Spin critics even admited their year-end best album list was carefully crafted to hook readers and didn't even reflect Spin's own writers' actual opinions. Pathetic. Neither magazine is worth wiping your butt with. (Still need a good rock magazine fix? Check out England's Uncut magazine, widely available in the US, and it covers film and books as well.)
- MTV - Sad, but my, how times change. When MTV started, it helped to kick off New Wave, the last terrific singles era in rock music. Today, they hardly ever run music videos, and even their spin-off MTV2 is starting to head down that path. They stuck around just long enough to make sure plenty of 'sexy' plastic performers could carve careers while talented non-'sexy' performers suffered. Oh, and their Real World was the opening shot in the sad, sorry salvo of reality shows that fester on television today. (Of course, if people were smart enough not to watch the trash, it wouldn't stay on the air, but that's another rant altogether...). At least MTV2 has more variety of music than most radio stations have nowadays. Hey, its been known to play The Strokes, The White Stripes, Beck, and The Flaming Lips...
- Cary Sherman and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) - New president, just as stupid as the old one.
- More to Follow...
Yes, I am sick and cranky today. Still, am I not right?