Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
The ones that piss me off are the "artists" that play no musical instrument, and write none of their own songs, but still manage to become superstars for nothing more than a decent voice. If someone writes their own lyrics and plays their own instrument it is a lot more respectable. Even if they suck, at least they are trying and being original musicians.
I don't mind the re-makes of older songs, I happen to like a lot of them. I don't however think a band should be brought into the spotlight of polularity because of a re-make. They are fine as a tribute to the original artist, but don't stand tall on the backs of others hard work when you haven't done any of it yourself. Perform it in concert, put it on your CD, but don't release it as a video or on the radio as "Band X's New Single Hit!"
I don't think that originality is completely gone, there are just things that haven't been discovered. Saying originality in music is gone is like saying that everything that can ever be invented has been invented, it's just not true.
As far as the American Idol thing, read my first paragraph. I've really not seen the show at all (and when I did it was to hear the brutal British bastard berate these people for having little or no talent). So you have a nice voice? Good for you, join a choir or opera, don't try to pass yourself off as a musician. Just my $0.02.
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