Over the course of the evening the realization that the definition of Alternative music has changed drastically since I was a child and was listening to Alternative greats like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots. Apparently I got off the train so long ago that my ticket doesn't even mean the same thing anymore.
If I were to get on the music train in Pop-town heading to Alternative-ville there are several things that become evident to me:
- The ride got a whole lot shorter -- Since when was it completely plausible to mis-categorize an alternative song as a pop song. From the start the alternative genre has been exactly what is sounds like...a FUCKING ALTERNATIVE TO POP.
- The landscape has completely changed -- Instead of seeing songs about how the life sucks and how we hate everyone, we get touchy feely bullshit. Now I'll be honest...I like REM as much as the next guy, probably more, but I blame the transformation of a once awesome independent genre of music into an amalgam of foppish young men crying about their girlfriends on you Micheal Stipe. DAMN YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Well to the gods of music I say...Thanks for preserving my childhood music, even if you had to relabel it...also, FUCK YOU MICHEAL STIPE. Just wanted to put that in there for good measure.
Let me know what you think of America's choices in music today...Do you think Timbawood is buttilicious or do you want a little more moshing and a little less hugging and crying?