Re: British Invasion 2.0
Wy, I agree. I die a little whenever I see certain names arising (very often on this forum). That said, The Beatles to me are an exception. There's an attitude there and a spirit of experimentation that inspires me more than the music itself. If you view The Beatles as a experience of innovation (and other bands of that era, early Pink Floyd as well) and what they represented in terms of ideas rather than necessarily music, bands must compete with that.
Music itself is, as you say, very regressive. It irritates me as well - massively. But if we take enough of the spirit rather than the music verbatim, that will change.