Re: My rant on today's pop music
Funny thing is, of the bands you listed there Ken, only Doves and Radiohead are bands I like and Doves I've only heard a few tracks.
I'm not actually particularly well informed in terms of mainstream taste and there is a level of hypocrisy there. I can accept that, but it's really refreshing to hear bands putting out music that is challenging, not even experimental. It's part of my Radiohead fandom that they had the balls to put out 'Kid A' to begin with - it's a good example of fairly challenging music crossing over into the mainstream. And I wish more bands did that. And I wish the mainstream weren't so focussed on an easy sale.
There is inventive music everywhere. I just don't think a lot of it is challenging.