A thread on one of my music lists is currently flogging the subject I posted on earlier – to wit, what the fuck is up with the top-grossing artists list? It has been noted that Green Day is doing pretty well financially, selling discs by the crateload.
True dat, but let’s not confuse “exception” and “rule,” mmkay?
Green Day may ultimately be the last time we see a band that’s both commerically successful and critically worthy. Once upon a time there was nothing rare about the idea that a truly great band would sell lots of records, but these days? Seriously, look at your list of best bands in the world right now and weigh that against the bands that are making the best money. Hell, if you’re like me, some of the bands on your list have to work day jobs to pay the rent. And if those two lists overlap by more than two bands – and the margin of error here is one, so don’t push it – then you just need to flip over to the all-Pat-Boone-all-the-time station and shut the heck up before you embarrass your family any more than you already have.
I’m hard pressed to think of anybody besides Green Day right now that’s a serious threat to pop the daily double – best seller of the year and best CD of the year. It pains me to say this, given how I love U2 (innovative and critical greatness may be behind them for good) and a host of incredibly talented bands that almost nobody is ever going to hear of (Jeff Foster, Don Dixon, Jets Overhead, Paul Lewis, VAST, etc.)
If Green Day is the last of a breed, good on ’em. American Idiot was as brilliant as it was courageous. I hope people were taking notes….