Ok, just sounding off here. I was watching this cable channel thing on viral videos the other night, and they include the video for OK Go's "Here It Goes Again." One of the commentators goes off saying it's an amazing creative video, which is a good thing for OK Go because they're such a lame band with uninteresting music. Now, I just came across OK Go a little while ago and I think they're pretty fun, I'm thinking of having my band cover a tune or two of theirs. Not superamazing artistes or anything, but a good fun pop band. As far as I know the commentator isn't a musician or anything herself. So my question is; how much do these kinds of comments and criticisms matter -- of your own band, of your selections for covers set lists, your listening preferences, whatever? While I'm at it, I'm reminded of an experiment I heard about on the radio a few weeks back. They set up several groups of people, and gave each person an account to download whatever music they wanted from a given site. People could communicate with the others in their own group but not in the other groups, and each group was demographically random (they weren't organized by age or ethnicity or anything). The music available was the same list for each group, all by bands that no one had ever heard of before. The outcome was that each group ended up with its own "top 40" of most popular downloads, with members mostly downloading a lot of the same things as each other -- but the top 40 lists were COMPLETELY different from group to group. In other words, it looks like the consensus of what was the "good" music and what wasn't had everything to do with shared opinions among group members and nothing to do with the music itself. Food for thought. So when people say one band is better than another, does it really count for anything? And while I'm on a rant, another interrelated comment; a local librarian's blog introduced me to Gogol Bordello, an "immigrant punk" act (I didn't know such a genre existed until this). What bugged me was that the blogger began by saying "I heard about Gogol Bordello on NPR, which I guess means they're pretty mainstream now." By what ***ing standard is this "mainstream" and why the *** does it matter? Sometimes I feel like people who know nothing about music and are incapable of forming an opinion of their own operate on the assumption that the fewer the people who have heard of a band, they better the band must be. By that standard, my guys jamming in the garage are ****ing GENIUSES! Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.