Originally Posted by diosdude
Okay, let me put it another way. JB gets into a horrible car crash and suffer 3rd and 4th degree burns, horribly disfiguring their faces. They survive but are permently and grossly disfigured. They continue to write their best songs ever. Do their ticket sales go up or down?
Basically it boils down to jealousy. Am i jealous? Of course. I've put in ten times the efforts as these kids to achieve superstardom but their looks have rocketed them way past me. I ain't gonna try to deny it. But to those who go to see JB or Avril or Brittney Spears or Beyonce or whoever and deny that they like those performers primarily for their looks you're fooling yourselves. Would i like Avril's tunes if it was say, Jordin Sparks singing them? Definitely not.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
--1 John 2:16-17
You've got a point. It's always about looks and sex and stuff. To be fair though it's not even just pop music, i personally don't know of any female fronted metal bands that don't have a very nice looking singer. That's sort of the whole point. I remember in our old band the guitar player wanted to get rid of this girl who was a perfectly okay musician but he pointed out that we'd never get famous. As much as i disagree with that, he is right.
As for the beatles, no-one is saying they were the best musicians but that's been the case a lot of the times down the line. You can write some great songs without having huge musical ability or knowledge. It's a bit like a lot of modern art, it's not about how long it took someone to paint a picture or how detailed or realistic it looks, it's about the expression of it. Someone recently filled a box full of dry ice or something to that effect so that when you were inside this box you can't see anything more than a couple of feet in front of you. That didn't take tremendous artistic ability to come up with but he expressed himself in a very creative manner. Just like music.