History DeaderThanDisco / Music

13th Jul '16 7:31:57 PM LaptopGuy
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* Leif Garrett started off as a child actor in the early 1970's, appearing in hits such as ''Film/WalkingTall'' and ''Series/TheOddCouple''. In 1976, Atlantic Records snapped Garrett up and he released his first album, which contained covers of 50's classics. But it wasn't until 1978 that Garrett really broke out, when his signature "I Was Made For Dancin'" peaked at #10. At this point, Garrett had become a heartthrob with his [[DudeLooksLikeALady androgynous looks]].

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* %%* Leif Garrett started off as a child actor in the early 1970's, appearing in hits such as ''Film/WalkingTall'' and ''Series/TheOddCouple''. In 1976, Atlantic Records snapped Garrett up and he released his first album, which contained covers of 50's classics. But it wasn't until 1978 that Garrett really broke out, when his signature "I Was Made For Dancin'" peaked at #10. At this point, Garrett had become a heartthrob with his [[DudeLooksLikeALady androgynous looks]].
13th Jul '16 12:42:34 AM BigBertha
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* Leif Garrett started off as a child actor in the early 1970's, appearing in hits such as ''Film/WalkingTall'' and ''Series/TheOddCouple''. In 1976, Atlantic Records snapped Garrett up and he released his first album, which contained covers of 50's classics. But it wasn't until 1978 that Garrett really broke out, when his signature "I Was Made For Dancin'" peaked at #10. At this point, Garrett had become a heartthrob with his [[DudeLooksLikeALady androgynous looks]].
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10th Jul '16 5:12:40 PM DavidDelony
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** Even after the grey market of file-sharing was brought under control, the legal avenues that took its place, such as Website/YouTube, iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify, finished its job in destroying the LP album on CD, which had been the most reliable moneymaker for record companies for decades. This did crippling damage to their finances, as downloadable singles weren't nearly as profitable. As late as 2002, it was all but expected for any pop act with a Top 20 hit to go platinum, while today, only the absolute biggest artists can pull that off, and most other top 5 albums can be expected to take a couple of years to go platinum. Starbucks and many bookstores have stopped selling physical [=CDs=], and your best bet to find them nowadays would be through either big-box stores like Best Buy and Walmart, or by ordering them on Amazon or eBay. Labels have moved upmarket with CD releases, coming out with {{Limited Special Collectors Ultimate Edition}}s aimed at serious fans. Another major factor has been, ironically enough, [[PopularityPolynomial the massive resurrection]] that vinyl has received, being sold everywhere from Barnes and Noble to Whole Foods. Much of this is due to the growth of the audiophile movement, which categorically rejects [=CDs=] due to the ease with which they can be sonically manipulated, something that played a large role in the LoudnessWar; even though a well-mastered CD can offer impeccable sound quality to rival even the best vinyl [=LPs=], a CD that's been mastered for maximum loudness (which all too many [=CDs=] were and still are) sounds immeasurably worse than a comparable record.\\\

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** Even after the grey market of file-sharing was brought under control, the legal avenues that took its place, such as Website/YouTube, iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify, finished its job in destroying the LP album on CD, which had been the most reliable moneymaker for record companies for decades. This did crippling damage to their finances, as downloadable singles weren't nearly as profitable. As late as 2002, it was all but expected for any pop act with a Top 20 hit to go platinum, while today, only the absolute biggest artists can pull that off, and most other top 5 albums can be expected to take a couple of years to go platinum. Even Music/PinkFloyd's final album, ''Music/TheEndlessRiver'', only went gold. Starbucks and many bookstores have stopped selling physical [=CDs=], and your best bet to find them nowadays would be through either big-box stores like Best Buy and Walmart, or by ordering them on Amazon or eBay. Labels have moved upmarket with CD releases, coming out with {{Limited Special Collectors Ultimate Edition}}s aimed at serious fans. Another major factor has been, ironically enough, [[PopularityPolynomial the massive resurrection]] that vinyl has received, being sold everywhere from Barnes and Noble to Whole Foods. Much of this is due to the growth of the audiophile movement, which categorically rejects [=CDs=] due to the ease with which they can be sonically manipulated, something that played a large role in the LoudnessWar; even though a well-mastered CD can offer impeccable sound quality to rival even the best vinyl [=LPs=], a CD that's been mastered for maximum loudness (which all too many [=CDs=] were and still are) sounds immeasurably worse than a comparable record.\\\
9th Jul '16 10:40:05 PM LTM402
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While the UK, who brought us "Do They Know" many years earlier, has continued to pump out multi-artist charity singles, many of which went to #1, the last American one of note was the 2010 "We Are The World" remake benefiting those affected by the Haitian earthquake, which, despite [[CriticProof peaking at #2 on the charts]], was widely panned by critics and [[FirstInstallmentWins considered inferior to the original version]]. Adding a rap verse, having autotuned parts courtesy of Akon, Lil Wayne, and T-Pain (all of whom became this trope after a few years), and giving parts to common targets of hatedom such as Music/MileyCyrus, Nick Jonas, and Music/JustinBieber, who actually sang the ''opening line'', probably did not help, even though it also featured the likes of Music/TonyBennett, Music/BarbraStreisand and Music/CelineDion, as well as keeping the vocals of Music/MichaelJackson from the original as a tribute to him. It also holds the distinction of being the lowest-rated song of all-time on Rate Your Music. Nowadays, even the original charity singles like "We Are the World" have been derided as egotistical-sounding glurgefests--the only song to really escape this is Band Aid's original recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which may also be a divisive song but still enjoys airplay around Christmastime and otherwise doesn't share much of the tropes that sour many charity recordings.

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While the UK, who brought us "Do They Know" many years earlier, has continued to pump out multi-artist charity singles, many of which went to #1, the last American one of note was the 2010 "We Are The World" remake benefiting those affected by the Haitian earthquake, which, despite [[CriticProof peaking at #2 on the charts]], was widely panned by critics and [[FirstInstallmentWins considered inferior to the original version]]. Adding a rap verse, having autotuned parts courtesy of Akon, Lil Wayne, and T-Pain (all of whom became this trope after a few years), and giving parts to common targets of hatedom such as Music/MileyCyrus, Nick Jonas, and Music/JustinBieber, who actually sang the ''opening line'', probably did not help, even though it also featured the likes of Music/TonyBennett, Music/BarbraStreisand and Music/CelineDion, as well as keeping the vocals of Music/MichaelJackson from the original as a tribute to him. It also holds the distinction of being the lowest-rated song of all-time on Rate Your Music. Nowadays, even the original charity singles like "We Are the World" have been derided as egotistical-sounding glurgefests--the only song to really escape this is Band Aid's original recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which may also be a divisive song but still enjoys airplay around Christmastime and otherwise doesn't share much of the tropes that sour many charity recordings.



* In the early '70s, the Osmonds were the biggest band on Earth: a truly commercial success that spawned both hit singles as well as a family TV show. They were even considered to be the main rival of Music/TheJacksonFive. Yet the band called it quits around 1973. Nowadays, while The Jackson Five continues to be popular even among younger listeners, the Osmond members not named Donny and Marie are forgotten by anyone who isn't old enough to remember the '70s. Seeing their bubblegum pop music is not exactly the greatest music around they are nothing but NostalgiaFilter for people from that generation. However, members Donny and Marie found later success as solo artists that are still beloved today, and the former is probably known to younger generations for appearing on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' and being the singing voice of Shang in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (or possibly for hosting ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' from 2002-04).

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* In the early '70s, the Osmonds were the biggest band on Earth: a truly commercial success that spawned both hit singles as well as a family TV show. They were even considered to be the main rival of Music/TheJacksonFive. Yet the band called it quits around 1973. Nowadays, while The Jackson Five continues to be popular even among younger listeners, the Osmond members not named Donny and Marie are forgotten by anyone who isn't old enough to remember the '70s. Seeing their bubblegum pop music is not exactly the greatest music around they are nothing but NostalgiaFilter for people from that generation. However, members Donny and Marie found later success as solo artists that are still remembered and beloved today, and the former is probably known to younger generations for appearing on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' and being the singing voice of Shang in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (or possibly for hosting ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' from 2002-04).today.
6th Jul '16 11:00:45 PM BigBertha
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While still around, she's gone from preforming in massive arenas and being all over the airwaves to playing in small clubs and barely making ends-meet. Today, she is almost completely forgotten and is only remembered for "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step". The overly-sexual nature of her signature Crunk&B style of music worked fine in 2005, but just a few years later it seemed [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny incredibly outdated]]. Her chances of even scoring a hit on RAndB radio are slim-to-none, that's without even mentioning her chances of ever crossing over again. The biggest news she made in 2016 was getting engaged to NFL star Russell Wilson.

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While still around, she's gone from preforming in massive arenas and being all over the airwaves to playing in small clubs and barely making ends-meet. Today, she is almost completely forgotten and is only remembered for "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step". The overly-sexual nature of her signature Crunk&B style of music worked fine in 2005, but just a few years later it seemed [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny incredibly outdated]]. Her chances of even scoring a hit on RAndB radio are slim-to-none, that's without even mentioning her chances of ever crossing over again. The biggest news she made in 2016 was getting engaged married to NFL star Russell Wilson.
27th Jun '16 9:42:39 AM Mikeyfan93
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* The Music/SpiceGirls were one of the few British pop groups between TheEighties and TheNewTens to successfully cross ThePond and make it big in the United States. At their peak from 1996 to 1998, they were ''everywhere''. "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" were inescapable, "Girl Power" was the slogan of a whole generation of tween girls, and the movie ''Film/SpiceWorld'' was an inexplicable blockbuster hit (albeit a ''huge'' critical disaster). Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on them refers to that period of time, unironically, as [[Music/TheBeatles "Spicemania"]]. They remain the highest-selling GirlGroup of all time even after their backlash...and oh, what a backlash. By 2000 Geri Halliwell was long gone from the group, their album ''Forever'' was shaping up to be nothing short of a disappointment, and all of the remaining members were pursuing solo careers. Today, the band is chiefly remembered for its campiness and flamboyance, and its members are better known for their work and lives after the Spice Girls, though they almost always still have "Former Spice Girl" attached to their name at some point. The only one to remain in the public eye (outside the UK at least) is Victoria Adams, who married soccer player David Beckham.

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* The Music/SpiceGirls were one of the few British pop groups between TheEighties and TheNewTens to successfully cross ThePond and make it big in the United States. At their peak from 1996 to 1998, they were ''everywhere''. "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" were inescapable, "Girl Power" was the slogan of a whole generation of tween girls, and the movie ''Film/SpiceWorld'' was an inexplicable blockbuster hit (albeit a ''huge'' critical disaster). Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on them refers to that period of time, unironically, as [[Music/TheBeatles "Spicemania"]]. They remain the highest-selling GirlGroup of all time even after their backlash...and oh, what a backlash. By 2000 Geri Halliwell was long gone from the group, their album ''Forever'' was shaping up to be nothing short of a disappointment, and all of the remaining members were pursuing solo careers. Today, the band is chiefly remembered for its campiness and flamboyance, and its members are better known for their work and lives after the Spice Girls, though they almost always still have "Former Spice Girl" attached to their name at some point. The only one ones to remain in the public eye (outside the UK at least) is are Victoria Adams, who married soccer player David Beckham.Beckham, and Melanie Brown, who is a judge on ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''.
26th Jun '16 5:07:33 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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However, throughout 2013 and 2014, stories began to emerge that his sleazy creep persona ''wasn't'' all an act, and after getting proof in the form of a Tumblr post with rape survivors holding up cards with their rapists' quotes on them that eerily echo "Blurred Lines", and a photo taken in an elevator with mirrored walls showed him groping a female fan, Patton finally left him. His follow-up album ''Paula'', as the name implies, was a transparent, desperate, and somewhat depressing attempt to win her back, only digging him further down, while a Website/{{Twitter}} Q&A went haywire fast when Thicke was inundated with angry messages. The trust between Thicke and his female fans was broken, potentially irreparably, and ''Paula'' bombed with only 24,000 copies sold in the US in its first week (compared to 177,000 for his debut) and international numbers even worse (only 550 copies in Canada, 530 in the UK, and ''158 in Australia''. The album that took the place of #500 in Australian charts instead of ''Paula''? [[HumiliationConga A greatest hits compilation]] by Music/{{Blondie}}, which sold 15''9'' units). By the summer of 2014, Thicke's name is more synonymous with "that rape-y song" than anything else, with few people defending the UnfortunateImplications of "Blurred Lines" anymore. Of course, music is a business with [[CareerResurrection "never say never"]] as a mantra, but for him to recover from falling that far that fast would take nothing short of a miracle at that point. More news arose with the allegations that he copied his signature song from Music/MarvinGaye, which proved to be true, and in March 2015, Thicke and Pharrell lost the lawsuit and were forced to pay Gaye's descendants $7.5 million due to the jury finding that "Blurred Lines" infringed the rights of "Got to Give It Up". Today, most of the R&B and urban stations that he had been a staple of for over a decade have dropped him from the airwaves, or at least significantly downplayed his presence. Even airplay of his mega-hit nowadays is sporadic as the UnfortunateImplications and infringement of the song have become its most famous aspect. It's likely he'll be seen as an OldShame for many of his former fans, and for those who actually liked "Blurred Lines" at the height of its popularity. What truly solidified his DeaderThanDisco status was in 2015, where rap superstar Music/FloRida attempted to breathe some life into his career by having him sing in his summer jam "I Don't Like It, I Love It". Not only did it not help revive his career, but he brought the song down as well. It spent what felt like forever at the bottom of the charts, only fall just short of the Top 40 at ''#43'', before subsequently plummeting downward. Comparing that to Rida's other two singles from the ''My House'' EP ("G.D.F.R." and the TitleTrack), which had no problems reaching the Top 10, you'll see why it failed to be a hit. The final nail was "Back Together" featuring Music/NickiMinaj, which tried to throw back the disco sounds of "Blurred Lines", only to fail to get any traction whatsoever. While other similar R&B crossover stars with a single pop hit like John Legend, Cee-Lo (but see [[DeaderThanDisco/HipHop here]]) and Pharrell remain iconic examples of "popular acts who technically have only one big hit", Thicke is seen as a quintessential OneHitWonder to most of the general public.

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However, throughout 2013 and 2014, stories began to emerge that his sleazy creep persona ''wasn't'' all an act, and after getting proof in the form of a Tumblr post with rape survivors holding up cards with their rapists' quotes on them that eerily echo "Blurred Lines", and a photo taken in an elevator with mirrored walls showed him groping a female fan, Patton finally left him. His follow-up album ''Paula'', as the name implies, was a transparent, desperate, and somewhat depressing attempt to win her back, only digging him further down, while a Website/{{Twitter}} Q&A went haywire fast when Thicke was inundated with angry messages. The trust between Thicke and his female fans was broken, potentially irreparably, and ''Paula'' bombed with only 24,000 copies sold in the US in its first week (compared to 177,000 for his debut) and international numbers even worse (only 550 copies in Canada, 530 in the UK, and ''158 in Australia''. The album that took the place of #500 in Australian charts instead of ''Paula''? [[HumiliationConga A greatest hits compilation]] by Music/{{Blondie}}, which sold 15''9'' units). By the summer of 2014, Thicke's name is more synonymous with "that rape-y song" than anything else, with few people defending the UnfortunateImplications of "Blurred Lines" anymore. Of course, music is a business with [[CareerResurrection "never say never"]] as a mantra, but for him to recover from falling that far that fast would take nothing short of a miracle at that point. More news arose with the allegations that he copied his signature song from Music/MarvinGaye, which proved to be true, and in March 2015, Thicke and Pharrell lost the lawsuit and were forced to pay Gaye's descendants $7.5 million due to the jury finding that "Blurred Lines" infringed the rights of "Got to Give It Up". Today, most of the R&B and urban stations that he had been a staple of for over a decade have dropped him from the airwaves, or at least significantly downplayed his presence. Even airplay of his mega-hit nowadays is sporadic as the UnfortunateImplications and infringement of the song have become its most famous aspect. It's likely he'll be seen as an OldShame for many of his former fans, and for those who actually liked "Blurred Lines" at the height of its popularity. What truly solidified his DeaderThanDisco status was in 2015, where rap superstar Music/FloRida attempted to breathe some life into his career by having him sing in his summer jam "I Don't Like It, I Love It". Not only did it not help revive his career, but he brought the song down as well. It spent what felt like forever at the bottom of the charts, only fall just short of the Top 40 at ''#43'', before subsequently plummeting downward. Comparing that to Rida's other two singles from the ''My House'' EP ("G.D.F.R." and the TitleTrack), which had no problems reaching the Top 10, you'll see why it failed to be a hit. The final nail was "Back Together" featuring Music/NickiMinaj, which tried to throw back the disco sounds of "Blurred Lines", only to fail to get any traction whatsoever. While other similar R&B crossover stars with a single pop hit like John Legend, Cee-Lo Music/CeeLoGreen (but see [[DeaderThanDisco/HipHop here]]) and Pharrell Williams remain iconic examples of "popular acts who technically have only one big hit", Thicke is seen as a quintessential OneHitWonder to most of the general public.
25th Jun '16 10:30:53 AM Prfnoff
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** {{Greatest Hits album}}s and compilation albums (such as the surprisingly popular ''Now! That's What I Call Music'' albums) are flatlining for the same reason. Both operated on the same premise: an album filled with popular songs without unwanted filler -- be it a cross-section of popular songs from a certain year, genre, etc., or a collection of hits from a single artist, with the occasional new song thrown in in the case of the latter. Many of the year or genre compilations were "As seen on TV" deals sold through infomercials, typically sold by companies such as Time Life. Admittedly something of a cash-grab by record labels, and admittedly one that was actually popular, as many people enjoyed having the ease of one album playing several hits instead of constantly changing [=CDs=] around.\\\

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** {{Greatest Hits album}}s and compilation albums (such as the surprisingly popular ''Now! That's What I Call Music'' albums) are flatlining for the same reason. Both operated on the same premise: an album filled with popular songs without unwanted filler -- be it a cross-section of popular songs from a certain year, genre, etc., or a collection of hits from a single artist, with the occasional new song thrown in in the case of the latter. Many of the year or genre compilations were "As seen on TV" deals sold through infomercials, typically sold by companies such as Time Life.Life and K-Tel. Admittedly something of a cash-grab by record labels, and admittedly one that was actually popular, as many people enjoyed having the ease of one album playing several hits instead of constantly changing [=CDs=] around.\\\
25th Jun '16 9:41:34 AM hamza678
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* The animated character "Crazy Frog" (Former mascot of German music and cellphone company Jamster) was pretty popular in Europe and in the United States in the early 2000's. The character was a male frog with a high-pitched voice who sang various songs and sometimes making weird sounds and gibberish. He was so popular that he gained his own set of video games and a few arcade cabinets. However by the mid 2000's the character started gaining alot of dislike from the public and resulted in Jamster having to retire the character in early 2007 and ended up getting replaced with Schnuffel who is the company's current mascot who has gained more positive reaction with the public. The character even made a cameo in WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball where it gets chased by a group of angry animals.

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* The animated character "Crazy Frog" (Former mascot of German music and cellphone company Jamster) was pretty popular in Europe and in the United States in the early 2000's. The character was a male frog frog-like creature with a high-pitched voice who sang various songs and sometimes making weird sounds and gibberish. He was so popular that he gained his own set of video games and a few arcade cabinets. However by the mid 2000's 2000's, the character started gaining alot a lot of dislike from the public and resulted in Jamster having to retire the character in early 2007 and ended up getting replaced with Schnuffel who is Schnuffel, the company's current mascot who has gained more positive reaction with the public. The character even made a cameo in WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball where it gets chased by a group of angry animals.
23rd Jun '16 2:59:55 AM gewunomox
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* At the start of the '70s, jazz fusion was hailed as an innovative combination of jazz and rock music, heralded with still celebrated albums like Music/MilesDavis' ''Music/BitchesBrew'', HerbieHancock's ''Head Hunters'' and Music/{{Weather Report}}'s debut album. Even with talents FollowingTheLeader like bassist Jaco Pastorious and Music/JoniMitchell's foray into the genre, it eventually became a parody of itself as it turned into the much-derided "smooth jazz". With the more traditionalist turn of the jazz community, jazz fusion is regarded in hindsight as everything that was wrong with jazz in the '70s. Both rock and jazz fans see it as SnarkBait today, associating the genre more with Kenny G than Joe Zawinul even as the aforementioned albums remain classics. See Music/SpinalTap's "Jazz Odyssey" scene in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' as an example of how badly jazz fusion was regarded barely a decade after it came onto the music scene.

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* At the start of the '70s, jazz fusion was hailed as an innovative combination of jazz and rock music, heralded with still celebrated albums like Music/MilesDavis' ''Music/BitchesBrew'', HerbieHancock's Music/HerbieHancock's ''Head Hunters'' and Music/{{Weather Report}}'s debut album. Even with talents FollowingTheLeader like bassist Jaco Pastorious and Music/JoniMitchell's foray into the genre, it eventually became a parody of itself as it turned into the much-derided "smooth jazz". With the more traditionalist turn of the jazz community, jazz fusion is regarded in hindsight as everything that was wrong with jazz in the '70s. Both rock and jazz fans see it as SnarkBait today, associating the genre more with Kenny G than Joe Zawinul even as the aforementioned albums remain classics. See Music/SpinalTap's "Jazz Odyssey" scene in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' as an example of how badly jazz fusion was regarded barely a decade after it came onto the music scene.
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