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How is it that such a small area of land has created the best bands in the world?
Me thinks so
Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Pistols, Smiths, Napalm Death a fine lineage to name but a few.
we got the requisite technology before most other countries. Because we are rich from the industrial revolution and pillaging stuff from our vast empire. Because the United States, where most of our pop tradition finds its roots, speaks English too. Because our post-war baby boom generation created the market for them. Et cetera...
Just sit back and enjoy it...
Last couple of points make clear sense, first couple not so much. The creation of original sustaining music is not reliant on requisite tech(eg Latin America)
are perhaps slightly cynical on my part, but still true I think.
Latin America is a good counter-example though. I am a huge fan of Brazillian music from the late-50s through to the early-70s. But you look at the staggering number of great artists to come out of that era and none of them were ever that famous outside of Brazil.
I think it's fair to say that British artists of that era were bigger than, say, Brazillian or Uraguayan artists at least in part because the British industry had more money to throw at it. That's why it's cynical - in actuality we may not have produced more great bands than these countries but, in the eyes of most people, we did.
but there is so much else out there for other times, and other moods and other ways of life.
Caetano Veloso is even more amazing though :-)
of your hate for french people !
who i saw last night
it was good
i can't even be bothered to argue about why. it's just... stupid.
We sing in English, which opens up the appeal of our music to a large world-wide audience.
Because of that, the Music Industry has made a lot of money over the years, and has invested heavily in homegrown talent.
There is a tendancy in British people to be rebellious, but not in a political wider context, more in an introspective way. This is why, in my opinion, Britain has created so many great authors, artists and musicicians over the last half century, as that rebellious nature propels people to push artist boundaries.
Britain also has a history of celebrating and respecting it's cultural rebels.
"most popular" maybe, but best?
I don't think theres any way of judging which country has produced the most "good" bands because there's always going to be amazing things you've never heard of in every country.