I too love alternative better than classic rock mainly because classic rock is TOO OVERPLAYED or pushed on us cause it sells air time better, its familar. But everyone's been up in arms about how the music industry is dying, blaming free downloading sites. I think if the radio stations & retail stores would promote the new bands, play all their songs and not just the singles, the music industry would be just fine. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. The Artic Monkeys out of the UK debuted in 06'. I found they're cd at the library, gave it a listen, copied it cause every single song is good to me. Then I see in 07' the new one came out, bought it instantly and loved all of it also, but still don't hear it played on college radio or alt rock stations....why. Another band, out of Canada, Billy Talent, hardly any radio station plays them, but they were on Conan O'brien in 07' and I bought they're cd the next day at Walmart. Speaking of wallyworld, they really push classic rock on us than the independent stores, and I hate how they'll only carry sensored cds and not the original recordings....thanks Tipper Gore & Jimmy Swaggert.
I'm a neophile. I'm interested mainly in what's new and different, I enjoy having to seek out new things even if those things I find turn out to be dreadful. If the stuff I'm listening to has filtered through to the mainstream and has had time to become succesful then it's a sign that I'm not looking hard enough for something new and I'm relying not upon my wits to find new things but upon the standard hype channels.
I have dumped bands in the past once they became famous but that's usually because there tends to be a drop in quality involved in appealing to the mainstream.
Basically, despite the fact that it dropped out of common useage in the late nineties, I like to think of my taste in music as alternative rock because I generally DO want a real alternative... something different. By definition that type of thing can't be popular.
But that's like saying "I don't like the pyramides in Egypt because a lot of other people like them too".
(Although I have to admitt I say "I don't like Harry Potter and won't read it because everybody makes such a f*cking hype about it." lol)
Somehow it sounds childish..
The music doesn't change.
If you thought it was good, how can it turn bad just because it's popular all of a sudden?
Of course a band does not make the same music as long as they exist. (THAT would be boring..)
Personal tastes change so the bands you listen to also change or you always find more bands that suit your situation/emotions/whatever better at that time.
People that listen to the same 5 bands all their life scare me.. lol
Did I write anything new? Not really but I don't care... ;)
I agree with you Morrigan when u say you dont hate a band because they become mainstream, Good ON them for getting there ... thats what its about, getting your music heard and if it means becoming mainstream then who cares !! thats what they say Kurt Cobains Prob was , he couldnt handle the pressure so he "did" what he "did" ... I tend to still think he had help to this day.
HIM are goth rock overhere.. some also say goth pop.. Gotta love Ville Valo's voice.. lol
I listen to a lot of alternative music.
But then again I put a lot of different music styles in the "alternative drawer".
And I'm not all "oh my God, they're mainstream now so now I hate them" every time a band gets popular.
I still like Linik Park, Hawthorne Heights, Slipknot, My chemical Romance, Korn, Such a surge, bullet for my valentine and so on... even if more than 5 people listen to their music! ;-)
I like some alternative ... but dont really know a lot of bands out there that are emo ... what category would you place HIM in ...?? I love them , I think they would fall more under the Goth Metal category ...