Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BigWoof31, Jan 14, 2010.
Ya know, I knew you'd be coming in saying how great it was sooner or later.
The point is, once good indie music comes out, it hits the mainstream and becomes popular. Thus, it is no longer indie.
Boy, I would disagree with that vehemently. Can you give me some kind of example?
REM is a good example, having started on an 'indie' label.
Mainstream music fucking sucks, for the most part.
I hate to be that guy, but in this situation I'm going to be that guy.
EDIT: I now realize that what I said doesn't really relate to what you said. But there is a lot of good music that's not popular. A lot.
I don't think it all sucks just 90% of it.
That's why I said for the most part. I like some of it. I'm not going to say who, because it's kind of embarrassing.
Lady Gaga is the pinnacle of American lyricism.
Actually, 'indie' music can still be hugely popular, and still be 'indie'.
All that makes music 'indie' is the fact that it's recorded for an 'independent' label (i.e. not one of the big labels, Columbia, RCA, Warner Bros, etc), no more, no less.
Technically, the Beatles were an 'indie' band.
May you rot in hell...
Yea, I guess we're getting into semantics now, as, in my opinion, the term "indie music" has morphed into something more than a mere reference to the abscence of a major music label, but I digress.
Your REM example is a good one because I guess they eventually jumped to Warner Bros, if I'm not mistaken. Often, it seems like a jump to a major label precipitates a decline in the quality of the music. Honestly though, I would say the exact opposite of what DontHateOState said is true: most typically, a jump to a major label precipitates a decline in the originality and often quality of the music. JMO.
Yes, that it a faux pas on me. I was associating the indie trend with the "misunderstood, we really know music, popular music isn't good" crowd.
Although, I don't think I'm particularly far off. Even though the strict definition of indie is independent, many "indie fans" like indie music because it allows them to be different.
Depends on how you define 'good', of course. Popular music is popular because many people find it 'good.'
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