I never make very good points the first time around. I'm not disagreeing
with anything you say here. What I was trying to say is that people like
Hammond tried to find mature acts ready to go. These new A&R guys will try
to create new acts that are clones of some other act like Nirvana. 30 years
ago, Nirvana would've been pretty much the only band that sounded like
Nirvana. But perhaps I'm wrong. I've heard more than one surf band that
sounded like another surf band. Same with the British invasion, Motown,
doowop, etc.. But there's more than anecdotal evidence that record labels
will find a pretty face and produce them into a marketable commodity. They
don't even have to sing on pitch any more thanks to digital technology.
They don't sing the notes, no problem! They don't pick their clothes. They
don't pick their producer. They don't pick the songs. Seems very 1984 (the
book) meets Tom Parker.
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From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Community Radio
> Dylan was found by John Hammond.The same guy who had previously discovered
> Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith,Count Basie,Billie Holiday,and Pete
> Seeger,amoung others.Columbia Records pretty much respected his
> judgement,by 1961,and pretty much gave him carte blanche to sign whoever
> he wanted.
> As for Nirvana,many people do not realize A) Kurt Cobain was quite the
> record collector,and student of rock history.Pull up a list of the songs
> he recorded,by other people,especially on the bootlegs.B)Nirvana were
> unlike anything around at the time,but they were a real throwback,to a lot
> of lesser-known bands,from the early 70s, who were combining
> metal,punk,and folk-rock.
> Roger Kulp
> phillip holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I agree, but it takes someone with some vision (and clout) to sign people
> like Bob Dylan. I remember the first time I heard Nirvana. It was pretty
> radically different than anything else on the radio. Two years later
> everything sounded like Nirvana. And most garage bands sound different
> the next one. But most of those bands won't get polished enough to get a
> record contract.
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