On Replacing Our Heroes With American Idols

Interesting quote from Tony Visconti, the legendary producer at the helm for such David Bowie albums as Space Oddity, Heroes, and Young Americans, discussing the chances an artist like Bowie would have in today’s music climate (via Metro.co.uk):

Metro.co.uk: What did you make of the 1970s scene?

TONY VISCONTI: It was the most creative period in British rock. If David Bowie started now, record companies wouldn?t look at him and radio wouldn?t play him. Back then if you looked unusual, you had a better chance of getting played on the radio. There?s no reason why we can?t have that same freedom again. Someone somewhere is imposing it and everyone feels they have to make bland music but it doesn?t have to be that way.

Visconti’s making a point about record companies and radio, and a shift of the mainstream from outlandish, risk-taking artists to cookie-cutter, auto-tuned pop tarts. And, in America, Hinder. He has a point there, but you have to think that a freakish talent like Bowie would be recognized (if only by quirk-loving bloggers). But does it matter that the mainstream has little room for a man in the mold of Ziggy? Can we, the music snobs of today, still recognize, sustain and create room for deserving legends? Or are we going down as “The Age Of Daughtry”? Betcha Daughtry doesn’t look this cool with a fag.

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