In today’s Hollow Tree Experimental Music Report, Zeno has posted a list of “formerly experimental” bands that will no longer be mentioned, having since hit the big time and committed themselves to rote performances of purely monetary intent. Or as he puts it:
“Any particular music that achieves market success can’t be called experimental anymore. When you start to sell a lot of records, your experiments are over, and you have begun applying your findings.”
Sounds like a meme to me… Here’s my list:
3. Aphex Twin
5. Godspeed You Black Emperor!
6. Acid Mothers Temple
7. Mike Patton, and all related side-projects
8. Sigur Ros
9. Blue Man Group
10. The Flaming Lips
11. Did I mention Mike Patton?
Unless preceded by the words, “Did you hear about the horrible bus accident involving,” all mention of these entertainers’ current activities will result in my eyes becoming rapidly glazed over, and/or your suffocation.