Had boy bands never happened, had rappers not ran out of ideas to rap about, and had pop music not become such a lousy expression of mindless culture – we would still have music videos.
The mid-1990s literally destroyed the idea of the music video by exposing us to reality television and low quality music with no cultural relevance or substance. MTV began the trend with The Real World, which was a cheap way to get musicians to give up on their dreams of making a difference and teenagers to realize how pointless MTV thought their generation was. I blame Viacom and Clear Channel for most of it. There was never a focus on quality, talent, or art. Remember, Viacom is the team that decided TV Land and Nick at Night should replace Mary Tyler Moore, Laugh In and Mr. Ed with Joan Rivers on How’d You Get So Rich?.
Soapbox aside. Today, the music industry is dead and cheap reality television is dying. TNT, AMC, HBO, and Showtime have seen the void and filled it with shows like Breaking Bad, Dallas, Franklin & Bash, The Walking Dead, Weeds, and Mad Men.
The music industry is returning to the musicians, regardless what these top 40 stations proclaim. Sirius/XM actually gives listeners an alternative to the nonsense Clear Channel expects listeners to swallow with stations like The Spectrum, Alt Nation, and others.
The internet has provided an alternative for music as well. Pandora, Spotify, and Youtube have come in handy lately with unsigned and genuine talent.
That brings me to my actual reason for writing a blog today. This band is incredible, their videos are incredible, their harmonies are incredible, and their talent is incredible. If Viacom or Clear Channel had their way, I would have never heard of them.
or this incredible artist: