Paul McKinley Wagner Esquire and myself were discussing music today, and an interesting concept came up. The topic of Linkin Park was introduced, and I began to think. Dr Wagner said that every song on this album seemed familiar, even though in reality he had maybe heard 2 of their hits, likely because of the wide commercial usage in films and whatnot. Sure, this works great for the present, you achieve success, you buy yourself a Honda Civic with 17” Rims and one of those gold chains for a steering wheel, but what do you do after that? Which brings us to today’s topic, legacy.
Lets explore the theory of Linkin Park for another minute, shall we? My personal theory, is that as long as you have some angst, and a few sounds you would like to rhyme, you can write some hits. Someone give me a word. (its cold in NY today, lets pick that)
Before I grow Old, Every story that I told, the cards I never fold, in a basement full of Mold…
CRAAAAAAAWLING IN MY SKIIINNNNNN
See? It pretty much works with anything. Have you seen that nickelback comparison where they take 2 songs and play them on top of eachother and they perfectly match?
Again, what is a band like that going to have for a legacy? There is always talk about the sophomore slump, but what if it’s just a plateau? What if the same styles keep getting recreated until its no longer a forward moving freight train of rock and roll doom and satanism, but a calmly chugging zerox machine, whose rhythm hypnotizes you into staring into its bright light for hours/days/weeks at a time? HMMM???
Imagine how amazing certain bands would seem if they disbanded/perished in a fiery explosion right after their first album? Vampire Weekend would be legendary for the remainder of time. And maybe a band like Linkin Park would be well respected, instead of the go to soundtrack filler for every Vin Deisel movie about cars and explosions. Can we put term limits on this sort of thing? In fact, they don’t even get a full album. They don’t even get a full song, because they basically only have one song that they repeat over and over. Wait, wait. I dont think they even have that. They get one verse. And one chorus. Thats it. 30 seconds tops.
With all the new music showing up every 45 seconds, we really need to distinguish the regurgitated from the carbon copies from the totally awesome. Any lobbyists out there want to write up some legislation?