The end of the one hit wonder?


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I don't claim to have my finger on the pulse of mainstream music, but one thing that has jumped out at me over the past year or so, is the consistency and familiarity of the artists that get radio time. In the 80s and 90s (mainly the 90s, I was too young for the 80s) I remember a new "hot" band every month or week, with the following week having them fade into obscurity to be replaced by the new band of the week.

But if you look at the current top 40 singles and albums you see a lot of names that have been around for 5 years or so. They may not have always been chart toppers but people like Missy Elliot and Nickelback have been around for quite a while now, and really don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Again, I mentioned before I'm not too up on the mainstream scene so maybe I'm totally off on these observations, I'd be interested to see if other people have noticed the same thing, or think I'm totally crazy.

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Nickelback should go away, now!!!! I know a cop who lives in BC that arrested the lead singer. Way to go!

As for the one-hit wonder, it's now the 4-hit wonder. A band like the pussy-cat dolls or fergie will release 4 or so popular songs (that actually suck) and then they'll fade to obscurity.

Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

Turn on the radio in the 60s. What to you hear? The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who. All of these artists are still played today.

Turn on the radio in 70s. Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon.

The 80s. This is where I agree with you. The 80s was the decade of the one-hit wonder. Except, unlike now, the songs were catchy (and danceable) Tainted Love, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), Forever Young, Karma Kameleon. On top of that there were huge artists like The Smiths, New Order, The Clash, Michael Jackson, and U2.

Let's skip to the 2000s. Nickelback (bweeehhhh!), Pussy Cat Dolls (garbage), Avril Lavigne, Evanescence, The All-American Rejects (at least their name is correct).

One of these decades is not like the other. Nowadays, if you want to hear good music, it's not being played on the radio. Did you happen to see this year's Crappys....er, I mean Grammys? The real music spreads through the underground The Arcade Fire, The Shins, The Postal Service, Bloc Party.

This post was edited by Erik on 2/25/2007 3:00 PM
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And what does bweeehhhh mean exactly? I think a lot of what you guys are saying can be brought back to the total world domination of Clear Channel. If every radio station is owned by Clear Channel then what they play will be a direct result of what Clear Channel wants them to play, which makes it fairly obvious that they'll play only a select group of artists. There's probably a grad school thesis in there somewhere.
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In today's forced-pop-culture society, the reason there are so many cookie-cutter over-produced crappy popstars producing more than one hit,  is because they have a lot of money invested in them, and stakeholders demanding a return from the plastic popstars.   So even if they suck (which 99.99999999999% of them do), they HAVE to put out at least 4 songs to make it worth the money to back these made-up money-makers.  It is NOT about the music...it is about selling an ideal to the mushy-minded masses...wear the same clothes and buy the same dog as your favourite star...yippeeee!  All of this makes me want to live in the mountains with my kitty--hey maybe i can be a pop-diva and start a new trend!

This post was edited by dakalvia on 2/26/2007 12:21 PM
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Talking about some REAL music, did you see the Arcade Fire on SNL on Saturday night?  They played "Intervention" and "Keep the Car Running" from their new album, Neon Bible (to be released March 6).  I would love to see them live....so many instruments and a megaphone on a stand for shouting into...sweet.  At the end of "Intervention", Win Butler ripped all the strings out of his acoustic guitar and smashed it on the stage...nice touch.

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Ya, I saw them. This is what I call music, and art. I was planning on seeing The Arcade Fire in Toronto, but tickets sold out in seconds.

This post was edited by Erik on 2/26/2007 12:46 PM
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Ya, Amanie. I agree. Down with CLEAR CHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT!!!! (Unless of course you like canned entertainment, crappy banter, and horrible commercials). Me, I listen to RadioParadise.

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