harrissimo wrote:Just wait ten years and then listen to M.I.A. We will see if she passes the test of time. I don't think she will pass. But I could be wrong. Of course, to a Vampire Weekend fan, shit through a funnel probably sounds pretty good.
Who cares about the "test of time"? Seriously, isn't that just another cranky old guy thing to reference?
A lot of stuff is great specifically because it WON'T pass the test of time. And who is to say that the stuff you think has passed this allegedly important test isn't just appealing to your particular stale tastes? Has Paul McCartney passed this test? Or are his most devoted fans just Beatles fans who want to see him play the old stuff? And since that band reinvented itself on every album, were they admitting that their own sound didn't stand the test of time?
I was chatting with some friends who, go figure, loved the Pixies in college. We were talking about how a lot of Frank Black's songs hold up. But do they really? Sure, they hold up to us, for whom the sound has some significance if only because it makes us remember what it was like to be 19. But does your typical current 19-year old care about them? Or is he more likely to care about M.I.A.?
The value of the Grammies is that it puts what's cool NOW on display.