Monday, January 9, 2012

Rock N' Roll Dying... Really?

Posted by AreJay Smith
As you can see up top, Black Keys will cover the January 19th issue of Rolling Stone on the strength of their new LP, El Camino
“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” he says, blowing cigarette smoke out the window of his rented East Village loft a few days ­before the band heads to L.A. “So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.”  Patrick Carney via Rolling Stone

This comment has sparked a lot of “buzz” around the campfire, some agreed with grins on their face saying to themselves “finally someone said it!” others a little outraged. I’m not going to say disagree with his statement, however it is a bold statement. To be honest almost sounded like something “the biggest band in the world” would have the gull to say. This is now not a matter of which music you prefer (although I say this many of you will still side with the band you prefer to listen).  As most of you may know Nickelback  responded with a equally bold and egotistical statement saying.

Now that we’ve taken time to soak up both these statements up, lets talk about what’s really going on here. To sum it all up it’s a “pissing contest” and I for one am a little disappointed by Patrick’s statement for multiple reasons. As someone who has been a fan of The Black Keys since the Rubber Factory album, it really made me feel like “what happened to this little band I found, that I praised and showed the 10 A.M. Automatic video to all my friends.” Although I’ve felt like this for awhile this statement confirmed my fears that
The Black Keys are clearly not the little band or secret I kept near and dear to my heart. Still I will jam to them buy their albums, which is more then I can say about Nickelback. I think it’s official to say for good or bad The Black Keys share that stage now. Lastly if The Black Keys are on the cover of The Rolling Stones, is Rock n’ Roll really dying?

1 comment:

Oak Street Marketing said...

This reminds me of the time Oasis said they were better than the Beatles.
It just leaves a bad impression.