Oh, hello, U2. I didn't see you over there.
U2 is pissed off because their new album, No Line On The Horizon, isn't selling as well as they feel it should and it hasn't produced any songs cracking the charts. But according to Bono and Adam Clayton, the problem isn't that people are rebelling against a band full of raging egomaniacs who feel it is their duty to reveal people's phone numbers to persuade them to vote for causes they approve, and the problem isn't that their core following is falling away with no one new filling up the numbers.
Nope. According to them, rock and roll is becoming extinct.
"We weren't really in that mindset and we felt that the album was a kind of an almost extinct species, and we should approach it in totality and create a mood and a feeling, and a beginning, middle, and an end. And I suppose we've made a work that is a bit challenging for people who have grown up on a diet of pop stars."
Aw, my heart bleeds for them, recording albums in a world full of people exercising their right to buy what they like instead of what they are told is artistic genius.
Part of the reason hiphop and rap have become so popular is that you can record stuff without even the level of ability the Ramones had. Get a drum machine, follow reasonably on beat, and you're done. It's easier to dream about the rap star life than the rock life where you have to actually sing or play an instrument. And as for pop? What's wrong with pop? At least, current pop. It may be filled with American Idol alumnists, but it beats the stupid pedo-rock that Britney Spears and N'Sync were pushing, and U2 wasn't complaining then.
The idea that music appreciation is down is bullshit (and this is coming from someone writing and drawing a comic book that is practically a valentine to music). Music is still selling. Music is still popular. But self-righteous bands looking to assert their own legend status and constantly reminding everyone how much better they are than them won't sell as well. Aggorance used to be a selling point, just like bragging in rap songs is a selling point. But U2 have lost their relavance. Assuming they had any to begin with. And instead of trying to make actual music people want to listen to circa "Under The Blood Red Sky", they are churching out their masturbatory bullshit. Don't blame the fans for your failings, especially when it was your failings that made you sell, and if people truly appreciate music like you say they should, they see there's no artistic genius at work here.