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Or are we beyond the age of a few bands becoming huge and a cornerstone of the music landscape?
no band will ever sell as many albums as pink floyd or led zeppelin did, regardless of how good they are relatively...
But isn't it possible that some modern albums are circulated as much as some legendary ones if you count sales AND illegal downloads?
What I do agree with is that the current separation gap between "mainstream" and "alternative/indie/whatever/P4k" means few bands are universally popular enough to become legendary.
check out no.4
plus 10 of the top 30 were released in the download age
Yeah probably none, not because of quality but because of more bands, fragmented listener ship and lack of self fulfilling music press gate keeping myth making
Major labels don't work the same way. Fans don't work the same way.
Radio and the Heads?
they'll have to stick some drums on their tunes first though.
Or why there's suddenly half a dozen threads on it.
Either way, you generally get 'cornerstone' artists for newer genres, or newly popularised ones, rather than old ones. So you're unlikely to get an band/artist who's seen as the cornerstone of classical, jazz, or rock in 2014.
legendary band: white, male, 3 - 6 members, sold quite a few albums.
was covered extensively in Rolling Stone magazine.
popular no later than the early 1990s.
Err, what the actual fuck DiS?
that roof has already been raised.
the bands that have sold the most copies recently - Dido & Adele for example, have in now way the same critical reception that some of the previous big sellers got [though its not like everyone likes Queen now is it....]. I think Wonton is right that the gap between critical opinion and the mainstream has widened, making "legendary" bands harder [if not impossible] to come across any more? And as the music industry splinters into more and more genres, no one band dominates coverage or seen to be pushing the boat out any more than anyone else...
I've long argued that they'll be looked back on as my generation's Stooges.
It won't be anyone like Radiohead or Arcade Fire as mentioned above as there's no excitement or mystique about or around them. Music aside, they're just boring as people (or at least, not 'rock n roll'). Can you imagine reading a biography about either band?! I think this extra element is required for a band to become 'legendary'.
mcfly - tom fletcher is really good at writing songs.
the whole record sales + fans = legendary band doesn't exist anymore for reasons pf said up there ^. one direction and arctic monkeys are the closest we've got to that right now.
also, the internet. more places to discover music, more places to find music for free. and more and more people are coming round to the fact that there is so much more to music than men with guitars.
such a fucking lame, unpunk concept
I can see it being really hard to get hold of obscure bands from the last ten years in the future if the massive websites like youtube or soundcloud/bandcamp start wiping loads of data or worse go out of business or whatever.
It'll be really cool being able to look up bands who happened to be DIY or whatever in thirty years because of the net.
But as far as bands that parents will be boring their kids with in twenty years go, well I'd imagine records like the Suburbs will be used for that despite them being boring people. Guns and Roses were boring people, you see folk still wearing their t shirts.
They just weren't very pleasant ones.
Ah well, in 1992 Generation Terrorists came along and made up for all that.
by introducing some truly boring people to the formula?
But GT is definitely not one of them.
I was convinced 3 or 4 years ago that they would build a huge legacy. That first album particularly.
Maybe not now.
It's all about the individual these days, fuck the collectives.
If Daft Punk had stopped after Discovery.