Originally Posted by thelimpingtoad
well I can say imo... the difference with the police vs many commercial minded musicians is that the police were incredible musicians :)
Kenny G is a superb musican. Michael Bolton is an excellent singer. Now look at the gulf between the pleasure most of us gain from their music as compared with those of The Police.
It can be hard to work out what is success through being appealing to a lot of people ends and success through marketing exposure. If we differ, it could be because I enjoy a lot of commercial music, eg. Madonna, Anastacia, B52s, Coldplay, etc as well as Steely Dan, Captain Beefheart, Uncle Frank, Crimson, Mahavishnu ...
The thing that bugs many of us is that record companies shape people's tastes in the same way as the media shapes people's opinions. It means that too often there's no room at the top for the cream to rise because there are all these cookie-cutter acts pushed by the companies in the way.