September 2011

The Mutt We Always Wanted Music to Be

Indie's History With Mainstream Music

The Stooges also pioneered a fashion sense later adopted by heroin addicts and Scott Stapp.

If listening to the same five songs for six hours is hell, then listening to the same five songs for six hours where four out of five of those songs sound alike is a very special kind of hell reserved for Michael McDonald (regardless of your thoughts on Steely Dan).  So, at work a few days ago, somebody happened to be listening to a local pop music station and I happened to be within earshot.  And, of course, I heard the same songs in heavy rotation over and over again.

But wait.  I could swear I heard the Foster the People song "Pumped Up Kicks".  That can't be right.  It was too ambient, too genreless for the mainstream crowd.  Of course, I should have known better.  The mainstream crowd is a many-headed beast.  It may hunger for the same song over and over again, but its appetite can range far from the milquetoast of "me too" artists.  More and more, indie-sounding bands are breaking into the mainstream.