Well I won't make you eat my hot flaming death, because to be honest, for the most part I agree with your thesis.
I am in 3 groups right now, 2 of which consist solely of covers.
Troublemint is an experimental project which is similar to me first and the gimme gimmes. We do covers, but we do them in our own way. Why? We love these songs, we are paying homage to wonderful music, and we are keeping it current. To be honest, a lot of music doesn't last. Sure, The Beatles as a band last. But when was the last time you heard "Things we said today" on the radio?
The other band I am in is a bar band, that plays pop 80's and 90's pretty much straight off the record. Why do I do this? BECAUSE I GET PAID 100-200$ FOR STANDING AROUND, PLAYING MY BASS, MEETING CHICKS AND DRINKING!
Was there ever a better reason?
Why do I covers? The original music scene is rapidly disintegrating. Want to promote your music? Put up a web page. Want to play live? Pay the club 200$ to open up for some band noone has ever heard of.
People are BORED with original music. This is the result of several things.
1. About 10-12 years ago, some new music took over the charts. Remember Nirvana? Pearljam? STP? They spawned the Pop-Punk movement. Offspring? Green Day? This in turn spawned the pseudo-grunge-punk-indie-pop movement. Matchbox 20? The Wallflowers? What have these bands spawned?
About 40000000 guitar-playing 16 year olds who have lame bands that play "original music". This music is about the same level of quality as stuff most musicians write at the age of 5 (And I ain't tlakin bout no Beethoven Symphony my niggas).
These bands flood the local market. There are not enough people to go to all these shows and see the same shitty bands. People stop going to see original music. Clubs realize they can't afford to pay a band that noone is going to see, so they start CHARGING these bands to play.
To a 16 year old who is bankrolled by daddy, that's fine. To musicians who actually want to make a living in original music, it's a nightmare.
2. Live music is losing out to DJ's. The fact is, even being in a bar band is not what it used to be. The days of charging 2G's a gig are over. A bar can get a DJ for 400$ and he will play all night. Equipment, mess, and bar tab are all minimal. A live band with 4-7 people in it don't want to sweat for 6 hours for 30 dollars. But we have no choice in many situations. The people who go to clubs to dance are NOT there to hear original music. They are there to dance to the songs they already know and love. We've thrown originals in with our stuff that our guitar player writes. It clears the floor. This is quality stuff! Danceable poppy music. But if they don't know him, they don't care.
3. Radio pop. Starting a boy band is pretty much impossible. This is why they are created in factories. I have no problem with N'Sync or whoever doing their thing. I do have a problem with the fact that when music made by machines is the most popular music out there, the live bands suffer. But that's a societal trend, and it swings back and forth so really that's kind of off-topic.
Anyway, being in an original band the scene has really died out. It will be back, and when it does I will push my original music again, or write music that fits the times, but untill then, well...
I feel fine.
KISS MY FLAMING WHITE COVER BAND ARSE YOU MUSIC ELITIST. WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT IS BAD. MUSIC IS ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T LISTEN. YOU CAN SIT AROUND AND LISTEN TO 45'S OF THE BEATLES FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IN YOUR BASEMENT AND JERK OFF TO HOW BETTER YOU ARE THAN THE REST OF POPULACE, JUST BECAUSE WE LIKE TO DANCE. YOU CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC OLD MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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