These are times of laments and regrets. Even the self righteous, hormone fueled, anti-establishment, sex and drugs spirit of Rock 'N Roll seems to have slipped away and is lost. When Elvis first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show they shot him from the waist up. His moves were seen as too sexual and lascivious to be broadcast. The Doors were banned from the same show for life because Jim Morrison sang the words "girl we couldn't get much higher" even though he had agreed to change the lyrics when he appeared on the show.
The rebelliousness of youth culture has been replaced by.... I'm not sure what. Some recent examples:
Last week, for a full 5 days, U2 goofed and clowned for David Letterman. Ironically, it's the same theater that Elvis and The Doors played, the former home of The Ed Sullivan Show.
The same week, images of U2 inserted into Dell monitors on the cover of a Best Buy circular.
Heartland hero Bruce Springsteen gave small town destroyer, WalMart, a 2 weeks exclusive on his latest release. The following week he performed what can only be described as insipid, self-parody during the Super Bowl halftime.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers just released "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" in its entirety for the game Rock Band. In their video for Californication they are animated as if in a video game, snowboarding and battling sharks and bears. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC would never have done something like this.
The members of Coldplay as marionettes in the video for Life in Technicolor. More childish infantilization.
Kid Rock teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr for a National Guard promotion. What bothers me the most is that Kid Rock has really come into his own as a musician and performer with his latest release. And then this. I don't even know to process this It's postmodern in its perplexity.