Could the Answer to Finding More Rock Stars be Found in “No Pop?”


The Lonely Vagabond passes on some interesting thoughts about where we’re going to get our rock stars of the future. This comes from Nightmair Creative.

What ever happened to the honest to god rock star? You know the ones I mean; the artists and bands willing to take a stand politically, socioeconomically, and musically for what they believe in? Willing to wave the flag and say come follow me and let’s fix this!

Why are all radio stations playing the same shit? Why do they ignore the listeners who post daily on the station’s Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and call in to complain about how ‘crappy that last song is and why the hell do you play it 6 times a day?’, and yet the stations continue to spin the crap?

Why are all recent country songs clones of each other? Bro-Country where it’s mandatory to mention pick up trucks, little red cups, Fourth of July, tailgates, radio and oh yeah, the ‘hey girl’ in endless loops of songs just to get it on the radio – same song different singer, same bull shit different bull.

And why, oh why do artists at Awards ceremonies thank (in this order) Record Label, Mgmt, Publicist, Radio Stations, writer of their song, Venues, and then… “oh yeah the fans that actually bought our tune. “

For the same reason that sparked this article as I watched a beer commercial. You know the one.. live music, crowd of people, everyone jumping around with raised bottles and raised hands as a well known (or implied well known) DJ spins tunes on a stage flooded in blue and white light while his ‘song’ is shown in the bottom left corner of the ad.

Commercialism. Corporate handshakes. In an age where its harder for indie bands to get exposure, where its harder for established bands to continue to make a living, where it’s play by the rules or lose out on shows or radio air time, artists bemoan the state of the industry in private, but nobody wants to rock the boat. With good reason, nobody wants to ‘bite the hand that feeds’.

Keep going.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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