Okay, so I watched the Carl Palmer video. He has an amazing talent but after 30 seconds I got bored. I was like watching the national yo-yo playoffs or some circus chick spinning plates on a stick or that one youtube juggler guy or some double dutch competition. I get it. He is freakishly good but I'm not moved emotionally or anything. I'm not any more likely to seek out his music.
Then I went and listened to some ELP and thought, well they do have some decent pop songs there. So I resisted posting. Then I get back on tonight and try to give a listen with an open mind to some 10 minute "prog" song from the German ELP and I immediately realize why they had to invent punk rock.
I've been witness to several arguments in threads of why Band A is better than Band B band because they are more technically "good." Why? If the song is good it doesn't matter. I've had many a tone deaf music snob preach to me about what great musicians Rush are despite never playing a note of music themselves. At some point doesn't simply demonstrating technical merit cease to be artistic expression? Am I the only guy here who feels this way?
I'm not saying musicians don't need to be talented. I love the Beatles but even in their most experimental stages they made great pop songs without having to show off their chops by doing some jazz improv.
Surely I'm not the only one who used to fast forward through all the nonsense in the middle of Roundabout. It seems to me like there are a lot of good three minute pop songs out there that get stretched to three their necessary length with a bunch of music school wanking. It just feels so self indulgent to me.
I guess my view of rock and roll is more akin to three kids trying to bash their way through "Wild Thing" in a sweaty garage than some virtuoso doing demonstrations for a bunch of aspiring virtuosos at some seminar. I think that if Chuck Berry were dead he would be rolling over in his grave to see the music he pioneered with all the excitement and showmanship drift so far away into tedium with 10 minute drum solos, laser shows, and synthesizers.
I know it comes down to personal taste and possibly the fact that I don't use controlled substances but am I the only one on this forum who feels this way?