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    CNN Front page: Has image overtaken music?

    Has image overtaken music? -

    Is Lady Gaga an artist?
    Sure, she can play piano. She's got some songwriting talent, too. But music isn't what comes to mind when the former Stefani Germanotta is discussed. Instead, it's the attention-getting antics: The controversial videos. The in-your-face sexuality. The crazy concerts. The meat dress.

    Is it about the music, or the Fame Monster?

    Rachel Weingarten wonders. "I don't consider Gaga an artist," the New York style consultant says, then reconsiders. "Well, maybe she's an artist for our time. Every generation gets the artist it deserves."

    If that's the case, Gaga has a lot of company.

    "They want to be famous, not make music," says Lyndsey Parker, managing editor of Yahoo! Music, of some of the new breed. "The music is just one facet of the celebrity."

    It's an indicator of societal shifts, she says. Now you can upload a video and receive immediate fame. So much for learning three chords and working your way up the ladder.

    "Now everyone expects overnight success, whether it's because someone discovered your video on YouTube, or you went on a reality show," she says.
    Has the gimmickry gone too far? Have we become numb to the emotion and the power of music? The stuff used to be about something, dammit, not a soundalike drone of manufactured robots, lip-synching amid falling tinsel.

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    See also the late 80s. Which is why a lot of people my age are itching for the 90s to come back, where people just want to write good songs and get up on stage in whatever they're wearing that day, before that, too, gets exploited by people who just want fame and money. I'm ok with musicians not becoming rich anymore, as long as they can still make a living, because then only those who want to make music will make music, and those who want fame and money can go do something else.

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    Well, the 90's had an image as well. I don't know how it was where you grew up, but everyone here had a flannel and ripped jeans, and $50 shitty flannel shirts were everywhere.

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    Yeah, sorry Aaron but the no image thing was a big image thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleven59 View Post
    get up on stage in whatever they're wearing that day
    This is why so many people stopped caring about rock music in the 90s. People didn't go to large rock shows to see people dressed like the guy mowing their lawn, singing dour political songs. They go to shows to forget about life for a while, which is why large shows have smoke machines, lasers, pyro, video screens, a rack of lights, and a band full of guys that look like fuckin' rock stars. I may hate Kiss, but they have the formula drilled, which is why they play stadiums.
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    Image has always been important when performing music to a group. Humans need to identify things. Clothing and setting help them do that. Is this my thing, should I be here? Is this socially acceptable (or otherwise)? I'm rambling but youprobably get the idea.

    Part of the magic pre-Internet is that you had no idea what a band looked like outside of the small photos in the album unless you became a big idea and went to a show. For me, Led Zeppelin and Metallica were basically fiction in my head for how I wanted to imagine them. Kind of like reading a book. Until someone shows you the movie. Then you kind of re-image the whole thing next time you read it because the movie changed your perception.

    Doesn't bother me. Rock isn't quite dead. I think this is one reason local music seems to be getting bigger: a pushback against constant musical melodrama, accessibility and image.
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    I don't think it was ever quite that simple, Dave - maybe by the end of the '90s when the rejection of gimmickry had itself become a gimmick, but at the beginning there was an intensity that came from a bunch of guys just standing there and playing, focusing on the music and not the stage show.

    By the time grunge blew over? Sure, t was just as excessive as hair metal had gotten at the very end, but like most new genres it wasn't at the very start until the bands ripping off the innovators came in, much like djent today.
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    Well, Stefani tried the musicianship thing. Turns out writing songs for others from the shadows while they soak up the stage attention isn't rewarding. I fucking hate all her music I've heard, but good on her for changing it up and trying something else when what she was doing wasn't working as she'd hoped.
    Pop stars who hit it huge these days have society to thank, as we have society to blame. It's the same uploading of videos and immediate fame which opens our eyes to what's happening across the world. I'm just fine without seeing the pre-teens singing along to their favourite artists, but on some very fucked up level inside my head, I'm reassured and glad they're there. It gives us something to use as a lowest common denominator.

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