|Who the hell is Arcade Fire?|
|Written by Tim Crisp, Vidette Blogger|
|Monday, 21 February 2011 16:58|
On Feb. 13, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, and Lady Antebellum all lost in the Album of the Year category at the Grammys to The Suburbs by Arcade Fire.
This news sent many indie kids into a frenzy while several people were left asking, “who the f*ck is the Arcade Fire?”
For those who felt the event was worth celebrating—don’t. With their two wins, the Arcade Fire now have two more Grammys than Chuck Berry, The Clash, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, The Grateful Dead, Ramones, The Stooges, and Sleep [some of these people have been given Lifetime Achievement Awards, but that’s nothing more than an effort to save face].
They also have won fourteen less than Sting. Oh, and Train also won a Grammy this year. Train. The Grammys are not relevant and they’re certainly not worth celebrating ever.
So elusive in fact that even speculation is pretty pointless. But Neon Bible debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts when it came out in 2007 and The Suburbs was No. 1 in August. They’ve sold out Madison Square Garden. Headlined Lollapalooza, played Saturday Night Live twice. How have people not heard of this band?
Not that Arcade Fire will ever be as popular as N'Sync, but the point is still made. The percentage of people who still buy CDs is miniscule in our population today and while vinyl has made a resurgence among hapless losers and nerds, music is not being consumed through physical mediums anymore.
The Internet has removed the need for people to invest in albums. Instant access to music, whether it’s done legally or illegally, has taken away the investment of purchasing a record, what is the incentive for someone to put time into something that doesn’t work on the first listen?
You download something for free, stream it on a band’s website, if you don’t like it, you move on without hesitation. Things are written off more quickly when some of the best things you’ll ever hear aren’t so immediate.
Spending $20 on a record doesn’t make sense to people and I get that but when it comes to an album like The Suburbs 16 songs with no standout singles, a record that took me four or five listens before I was really on board, well, pop culture doesn’t have time for it.