What’s going on in the music industry? No, I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s skin or Prince/Victor/Love Symbol/TAFKAP’s latest record deal. I’m talking about image.

Watching Rage of a Saturday morning (as you do), one could be forgiven for thinking the music industry has turned upside down. Look, if you will, at the evidence:

  • Sheryl Crow has gone nasty. Her whole new look reeks of capital S Slag. Her new song features the lyrics "not the kind of girl you take home"… quite a change there, since she used to be exactly
    the kind of girl you’d take home.
  • Metallica, they of the tight jeans, black T-shirts and hair everywhere brigade… have got nice! We’re talking acoustic… we’re talking tidy facial hair… we’re talking IN THE CHARTS!

Maybe it’s role reversal. Maybe every few years they take the roles off every musician and pick them out of a hat. Sheryl and Bryan Adams get scruffydom, Metallica gets unplugged, TAFKAP gets cabaret, and a succession of what I call Young Men’s Harmony Groups get… well… Young Men’s Harmony, and yet more video clips of them singing in alleyways surrounded by high fences.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.