Friday, January 20, 2006

Why are movie ticket and music CD sales falling?

Question: Why are movie ticket and music CD sales falling?

Answer: It's not file sharing and its not that people are playing video games and watching DVDs at home. The reason is that they both suck.

Movies suck. Music sucks...

2005 was one of the worst years in movies. I saw three good movies all year long - Cinderella Man, Walk the Line and King Kong. How many crappy horror pics and "movies" based on TV shows can Hollywood produce???

How about creating something! Quit puking out these godforsaken TV remakes (Dukes of Hazard, Bewitched) and movie snob, niche films (Capote, Syriana) . Give us some Gladiator and Fightclub! How about coming up with a decent comedy while you're at it!

I can't wait to see "the buzz" over this year's best picture nominees. No one is going to give a rat's ass because no one saw any of the nominated films!

Popular music is in even worse shape than the movies. It has been in constant decline since the end of the grunge era. As I write this post, the #1 song on the Billboard charts is "Grillz" by Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp Have you heard this song? Its been on the charts for 11 weeks already. Gipp!???

Maybe you've heard the #2 song in the country, "Check on it" by Beyonce featuring Slim Thug? It's also been out for 11 weeks... Something tells me you haven't heard either.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have crap like the #8 song "Photograph" by Nickelback which is inescapable. Please stop playing this song! I don't care what's on "Joey's head". However, in all fairness, my two year old son thinks its quite an insightful lyric.

Where's the next R.E.M. or the next Smiths? Years ago, I remember obsessed R.E.M. fans spending excessive amounts of time and money tracking down every recording the band ever released. Do you see this kind of fanaticism today?

Maybe if the music studios invested some time and money into bands with real talent they would start seeing an improvement in sales. Quit wasting time with these revolving door, flavor-of-the-week rappers and country music "stars"!


Anonymous said...


would you go to a van halen concert with the current lineup? I am not asking you on a date, only want your opinion, because i know you must have been a vh fan back in the day.

Dolf said...

jeez anonymous... for a second I thought a random female fan was stalking me! ;(

your question is complex... would I go? yes. would I spend ~$75 to $100 to go to see them at a giant arena? no.

as a quasi-musician I actually go to concerts to appreciate the artist's chops NOT to get hammered. It's hard to appreciate musicianship 1000 seats away in a giant stadium. I hate stadium tours. I much prefer Bogarts or Taft or some similar small venue.

Also, it is awesome watching concerts on a 60" HDTV with a good surround sound system.

Can Wolfgang play guitar? Is there a father/son jam?

Anonymous said...


problem is, i like evh and he doesn't play at the taft or bogarts...

i did once see dlr play in the parking lot at annie's on kellogg, but that was in his "high goofball" period, with lots of spandex, poorly bleached hair and a sword that he twirled round and round.

i am taking my son, who turns 10 next month and plays a little guitar himself. he loves eruption.

Kelly Zauber said...

You got a good point there. It always starts with quality of how the artist performs in driving attention of the audience. Poor talent or even stories that are revised over and over again could will just kill the movie and music industry.

The jobs of the people in home theater Austin movie industry will also be affected. Of course, there is no good movie to be crazy about..