I'm agreeing with some
of the things your saying there Iain!
I also think pop (as in stuff like beyonce, 50 cent, mcfly, pussy cat dolls... not even going to mention the fast food rockers) is awful!!!! (sorry if anyone is a particular fan of any of those i mentioned... just have to get it of my chest)
Anyway back to what i was saying... all this music is just a beat. No emotion or feeling... just a couple of crappy beats put together and some guy trying to squeeze out a couple of words. They're not even singing... any of us could talk to music. A lot of these artists think that if their hair is cut well, they've spent a million dollars on their make up and they have a fast ride, they're destintined for a multi platinum single. Tough.
When you come to artists REM, Morrissey, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay... these are the guys that have passion for what they do. Not only do they actually have a great voice but the music is incredible.. in most cases they actually compose themselves. And some of them might not actually be known because of the fact that they don't stick their noses into the media, but concentrate on what they love more than life... music.