I admit there are some real bands out their today, but most aren't know because the average teen with no real sense of music will choose the fake hip hop singer over true talent. Then you have the people who claim to be fans. However, this a very good point. Many jazz fans may not know this. About the comments on underground music and independent labels there are some bands that belong to these catigories that have semi-statisfying music rarely very excellent songs by these artists but there need to be something of a higher rank to save music then current independent musicians. They incorporated real life events and good quality into awesome music.
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Even The Kids Today Think Modern Music Sucks
Possibly the most extreme example is "gangsta" rap, in which you cannot get a record deal unless you have a criminal record. I don't know what insulated world you live in, Adam, but where I live there are plenty of radio stations that play music from the "independent music industry". All genres including rap were far better decades ago. My veiw on music, with the exception of rap, is that all music is good. I have focused on the metal scene because that is what I know in depth, but be assured there are similar movements within all the varied sections of music. People now really don't watch MTV, but back then, when rap took over, people still watched because of its goodness years back, and stil, lets say, trusted it. In the mid 90's there were bands like Oasis, The Cranberries, and Radiohead that tried to revive the industry but record execs only cared about the likes of Britney and teen pop "sensations" and completely forgot about music altogether.