This is stupid, revisionist bullshit. Stop sharing it on Facebook.
ON THE FIRST ONE: The Monkees (though still great goddamn songs). Herman’s Hermits. Nancy Sinatra. Ricky Nelson. The Trashmen. That’s just off the top of my head and just the 1960s. We get into the 1970s and forget about it (Disco Duck). This whole idea that MTV ruined music by introducing the concept of image trumping artistic merit is SUCH. UNBRIDLED. BULLSHIT. There was nothing to ruin! There was never NEVER NEVER NEVER a period in pop music that did not see mediocrity rise above all else. I mean Jesus Christ, all forms of art. How many times do you talk about how great artists (i.e. Van Gogh) are never properly recognized in their time? By you I mean the person who shared this, you reckless buffoon.
ON TOM PETTY (aka the poor man’s Jeff Buckley): In addition to the bands I mentioned before: The Partridge Family. The Archies. Sonny and Cher. The comments in the original post mention ”Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” and other similar programs of its era.
And who the fuck is Tom Petty to get snarky? I’d call him the poor man’s Bruce Springsteen, except that’s Bob Seger and at least Bob Seger takes off his fucking sunglasses indoors for an interview. Look, Tom, I know you think you’re above it all because you were in the Traveling Wilburys, but you should know that those albums fucking sucked for the most part. More importantly, you did not absorb Bob Dylan’s talent or Roy Orbison’s mystique and charisma by osmosis. Mostly you just croaked a few lines and sucked the cool out of the room.
Besides, your big artistic reach was scoring one of Edward Burns’ movies that’s about a guy who’s just such a good guy and ain’t he a good guy? Go get fucked, stop throwing shade, and take yours off if you want anyone to take you seriously.
All joking aside, someone needs to tell the baby boomers their generation of culture sucked and they’re all a bunch of under-achieving posers.