“She’s a ridiculous pop phenomenon. I don’t know why people put her records on…”
I was at Best Buy today to look at some stereo receivers since I’ll be looking to replace mine in the near-ish future. As I walked by the music section, I took a look at the “new releases” section. It basically looked like a “what’s popular” list for 2011: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Drake, a bunch of country music, etc. If I were following pop music and given only the choices on display, I can imagine opting out of the music world altogether. One groanworthy choice after the next. Yet because of a variety of factors, this is what the list of options looks like to most people: one ridiculous pop phenomenon after the next.
Clearly, The Push Kings did not become pop phenomenons. Heck, they didn’t even gain enough notoriety to merit a Wikipedia page! But take a listen to their self-titled album from 1998… stack it up against contemporary competition and you’ll get a good idea of just how broken the music industry is, at least when it comes to producing listenable music for people who aren’t in their teens.