Commercial music must die!

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Líder: anarchoqueer
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Creado el: 14 Mar 2007

Ah, the overproduced, badly-written, manufactured, glossy "beauty" that is commercial music!

Don't you just love it? I sure don't.

Please read before joining:

I define "commercial music" as anything on a major label (with a few exceptions---bands like Primus could hardly be considered commercial), and obviously, all music that dominates the airwaves and MTV, or did at one point in time.

That said, there are several jazz artists from the 30s and 40s (to use an obvious example) that were wildly popular in their time, yet would never make it onto your typical pop radio station in the 00s. "Consumer tastes"---as the major label CEOs would say---change rapidly; while disco was quite commercial in the 70s and 80s, it has since been driven underground, and your average conformist-MTV-clone-teenager would not be caught (brain)dead listening to it.

However, those two genres are a rare exception. Plenty of classic rock and oldies artists remain very commercial (how many trendy Pink Floyd and Beatles shirts do you see at the mall?). Quite a few people continue to listen to this music. Much of oldies and classic rock has been highly influential to today's bands, so I respect it, but that doesn't mean it isn't commercial. It's just commercial in a different sense than, say, Britney Spears, whose music is disposable and uninfluential, as the sound is nearly indistinguishable from other "pop princesses" featured on MTV.

Non-commercial music is basically anything unsigned or on an independent label. There is a stark contrast between this music and commercial music. When you hear it, you can immediately tell the difference; the soul remains intact, and the music itself is not lost within layers upon layers of unnecessary production. It retains its individuality, and there is a refreshing raw emotion and passion to it.

Of course, I'm being idealistic here, as not all non-commercial music is this amazing. In fact, some of it is pretty fucking boring. But regardless of an artist's talent or your own subjective personal taste, it remains that there is a world of difference between the experience of listening to independent music versus the experience of listening to mainstream music. And once you've had this experience, you know you can never go back.

Anyway, join at your own discretion. As long as the majority of the artists in your charts are independent, I don't see a problem. If you listen to a lot of mainstream music, please don't join. If you do, I'm not going to ban you or anything, but I don't see why someone would want to join this group if their music ideals are completely counter to mine and that of the rest of the members.

Maybe people assume that the group name is referring to music used in commercials. I really hope that no one is that stupid, but if so, I've already clarified that this group is against mainstream music and for independent music. If you don't know how to read, I'm sorry.

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