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A lot of it also comes down to bands worshiping genre trends instead of embracing sounds and using them to forge new directions. "I want to be a metal/ska/alt rock/emo band." instead of just being a band. It leads to bands reveling in the tropes of subgenres instead of taking what worked in them and creating a personalized sound.

The Stray Cats were known as a rockabilly band but they did everything from blues to swing to even some new wave and weaved it into what they were already doing. All the best bands do that. The indie wave from the 00s you mentioned? They all pretty much sounded the same. The ones that didn't are the ones we still talk about.

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Old man music needs to be really really old in order to be cool, like Mozart.

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I love that Bob Dylan essentially went backwards in time, embracing styles and trends from the 1920s and 30s, before he was born. Somehow, this fits him really well. Maybe because he's always been an old contrarian, even when he was young?

But yeah, music is strange. I do think a lot of younger generations are just listening to whatever these days, not caring when it's from. Apparently a lot of old, random songs are revived on Tik Tok.

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Related note. It’s about role playing games, but it has to do about what makes a band a band. https://youtu.be/TP_K9ddFGus

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