Don’t you see? Britney and N*Sync and BSB and all those other teeny-bopper groups are actually helping bring back rock’n’roll. But it’s not the rock we know and love. No, instead it is “teeny-bopper rock” that appeals to a broader audience. Nickelback, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Creed, and to a lesser extent koRn and Rob Zombie all have “it” - that certain undefinable something that can be mass-marketed to the 12-15 year olds that actually buy CD’s, who want to rebel, and who want to be a part of something.
Gone are the days of Led Zeppelin, the Doors, CCR - bands that really rocked. Even the ‘80s produced two of my all-time favorites - Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. Gone are the days of the “I don’t give a @#%" attitude; nowadays, it's "I give as little of a @#% as mommy and daddy let me.” Perhaps rock is dead, or maybe just comatose. Hell, GN’R is no more (at least, not the real GN’R) and even Metallica sold out. It’s all about the money these days.
I had a point at first, but then I got depressed thinking about the state of music today. Maybe I’ll finish this later on … right now, I think I’ll go write a real rock song.
As Neil Young once said, “Keep on rockin’ in the free world.”