80's alternative rock. 90's alternative rock.
The music was so creative, back-to-basics, and uncompromising in regards to quality over image. But most of those bands (with some exceptions like Sonic Youth) have broken up. Worse, nobody even knows about them - have you tried striking up a conversation about alternative rock bands you wish would get back together while only getting blank stares?
On top of that, modern radio rock owes a huge debt to alternative rock music. You can hear the influences everywhere, excepted watered-down and devoid of any real creativity. Today's bands don't acknowledge who they got that sound from, leaving the original pioneers to stew in obscurity.
And third, why do so many people associate the genre with it's most musically incompetent and most recent acts? Green Day, Yellowcard, Lifehouse, Blink-182 are all bands that barely pass for the namesake, yet keep getting propped up as "prime examples".
It just seems like being a real alternative rock fan sucks.
Anyone else agree?
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