This is something I've been thinking about for a while, just seeing Hambone's "A Prediction" thread kind of prodded me to start another thread. All the time you hear people talking about "the good old days" and such. As far as major FM radio in this area, there are 2 "rock" stations, a "pop" station, but 3 "oldies" or "classic rock" stations. The stuff on one of the "rock" stations is so formulaic it's not really fun to listen to. When you listen to the music used for commercials, the stuff that's recognized is the "classic rock" songs, used by car companies, the cruise lines, and what really got me thinking is the remix of a classic rock song by a chicken fast food restaurant chain. Here's my thinking on this- yes, a commercial should have music that's memorable- but wouldn't it make more sense to have 'new' music, maybe something unknown, or currently popular to attach to a 'new' product? Besides that, even a remix (that you have to think before you figure out what it is) you'll have to pay royalties on. Besides that even, why 'disguise' the song anyway? And what the hell does a song about Alabama got to do with Kentucky chicken? As a musician, I want to be able to say, there's billions of musicians around the world, putting ideas to music. Out of all these musicians there's got to be at least a few who are creating amazing music that a large segment of the population can "dig." As a person listening to music I want to be able to turn on the radio and hear some great music most of the time. I have a better chance turning on a "classic rock" station and hearing something I like. Maybe it's just because I'm old and that limits the way I think, but radio and TV should be a general barometer of what's happening, and I don't see anything happening. This also gets to the music "industry." I've seen jaw droppingly amazing bands that didn't get signed, or just faded away. As long as selling music means touring behind it, there has to be money in it for bands to survive- as long as the "industry" is forcing formula the new and different things aren't going to make it. I'm not saying there's no hope- good music crawled out of Frankie Avalon's shadow, and Disco subsided, bad haired "new-wavers" went out of style, and flannel shirted grungers accepted their life sucks before getting real jobs. I guess what I'm asking is where people think we can go.