Frank Zappa explains the decline of the music business

Listen to the wisdom of Frank Zappa on the music industry…a whole lot more meaningful than the wittering posts full of angst from Clare Curran about the same issue:

Frank Zappa explains the decline and fall of the music business and comes to a surprising conclusion that the older generation was better for pushing new wave music that they didn’t understand than the supposedly younger/hipper music executives.


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  • motorizer

    if only he were still alive. one of my heros.

    a musical genius, although i cant stand to listen to it.

  • I keep reminding my grown up kids they’re not as street smart as we were at their age.  These days the so called young/ hip guys are all accountants and lawyers…..give it a go guys, take a risk – if it sells you’re on a winner – if it’s not o/k on to the next one….(Who’s Clare Curran??)

  • he is young there..and looks/sounds high/stoned..

    ..that youtube page also has a piece where zappa..and then about space-exploration..

    ..carlin is very funny on why the aliens should steer well clear of us…

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    • Michael Kenyon

       Looks can be deceiving. Zappa was notoriously anti drugs.

    • Gazzmaniac

      …phil is stoned there..

  • he used alcohol…

    perhaps the worst of the ‘drugs’..?


    and i know he said he was ‘anti-drugs’..

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  • Brian Smaller

    Wasn’t Megaupload and that dotcom guy trying to do a deal to get artists releasing music direct to the internet without involving the “industry”?  If so, probably why he was Mega-busted.

  • John Q Public

    No, he was ‘mega-busted’ for stealing stuff he didn’t own then selling it to others for profit.

    Sometimes shit is exactly like what it looks like, without conspiracy or hidden agendas.

    • Gazzmaniac

      Except he didn’t steal and sell the stuff, other people uploaded.
      No different to making Telecom liable for copyright infringement, since they own the lines that the data is transmitted over.

      • John Q Public

        *bullshit* . Let me use an analogy you may understand. If I’m bootlegging liquor in basement level premises in Prohibition-era Chicago, charging a cover price at the door, I’m guilty for providing the premises for the activity, and of course I’m the one raided by the Feds. 

        This fat Swiss prick is going down, and deserves it.

    • HeinB

      You’re in dreamland John. The fat man is no more guilty than telecom or the ISPs are. He merely sold a service that allowed anybody to upload files to a digital storage medium and retrieve them. 

      The thing that should really scare us all is just how easily our pathetic government is bribed / bullied into playing along with whatever the US wants. (Just to get a few movies made here) That same copyright bill that so easily passed here has been shot down in a few other countries lately, including the US.

      Kiwis should be ashamed for being such gullible spineless sheep.

  • “he used alcohol…”

    No he didn’t. The only drug he used was caffeine. Which he regarded as food rather than a drug.

  • thor42

    Music these days is (almost without exception) complete crap anyway.
    Where is today’s equivalent of Pink Floyd, for example?
    **There** is a group whose music will still be played in 50 years time (if not longer). Stuff-all groups of today will see their music played in 50 years time.

    •  you could try listening to 95bfm..available on-line..

      ..they have a good handle on the new good-stuff..

      ..what yr did you stop listening to any new music..?

      ..which ‘wave’ sunk you..?

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    • James Gray

      Nah. There is always a lot of crap contemporary music on the radio. Now and 30 years ago. They just stop playing it after a few years because it’s crap.

      And no, I couldn’t name today’s equivalent of Pink Floyd, any more than I could name today’s Beatles, or today’s The Who. If you twisted my arm I might point to Tool or Dream Theater, but that’s my music taste, and neither have had quite the same impact.

      To expect another Pink Floyd to come along would be counterproductive, especially when there are some very talented musicians out there producing much more than cookie-cutter pop tracks. They’re just lost in a sea of them.