Broadening Your Audience

Broadening Your Audience

The bast way to kill anything is to make it successful. Be it band, director, or writer, the second one goes to the “Next Level” you can bet your cred that it’s gonna suck. Maybe it won’t suck as much as other things on that level, but it will suck compared to the quality you’re used to. That’s why commerical radio blows: Broadening The Audience=Lowest Common Denominator. Popular music isn’t the best music; it’s the music tolerable to the largest amount of people.

You can’t always blame the artist. Being cool only pays so much of the rent. You can wax romantic about what you’d do in the same situation, but if you’re pushing 35, have a kid, and forsook a real career to rock out, you can bet your sweet ass you’d give up getting paid in drink tickets for the chance at the cover of Rolling Stone. It’s really the fault of the public. If people didn’t enjoy being fed shit, there would be no demand for it. Not that you can blame the fecal appetite of this country. We’re all too busy doing stuff to care whether we’re getting good music, or watching the best of world cinema. It’s more like “well that took my mind off my fucked life for two hours.”

I’m just as bad. I listen to the same damn records every day. I’ve got too much crap to deal with to ensure I’m getting the best that the music underground currently has to offer. I doubt any record’s gonna make me beat my fists on my desk harder that a good Black Flag song, so please excuse my uncoolness. I’m even less picky about movies. Sure I like good cinema, but on a beer swillin’ lay on the couch all day Sunday, I’ll take a College Spring Break Movie Marathon, thank you. Mmmm. Shit. I can’t get enough of it, and that’s how I know I am a true American.