Retro Quote #10: Raymond Chandler Explains Why Music Today Sucks

When I listen to Earth, Wind and Fire or a Zeppelin album, I find myself asking over and over again "Why can't they make 'em like this anymore?"  I know it's a tired cliché, but I haven't heard an adequate explanation for the decline in music.... until recently.

The author, Raymond Chandler, wasn't speaking about the music biz specifically, but I think it applies here perfectly.

Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but production.

From now on, when I here the computer modified voices on the radio (I can't call them songs, really), all sounding the same, I will no longer scratch my head and wonder why.  I'll just recite these words of wisdom and be on my merry way.

Thanks, Ray.


  1. Integri-what now? Most people don't want art in their music; they simply want sound to fill their ears while the drive to work or rock the gym.

  2. It's just the filter of history. There was plenty of forgettable junk being produced back then too, but no one listens to it anymore.

  3. growing up in the 50s, 60s and 70s i heard music that i didn't like but now when i listen to those eras i always listen to the ones i loved. i haven't given up on this generation of music...thanks to my kids i have been introduced to some great music.

  4. My explanation for why music sucks is that music is treated as a product = marketing. Back in the days, the artists actually could play their instruments. Could you imagine if you tried signing the artists of Woodstock today. They wouldn't have that "image" that MTV is looking for.

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kgxyraNCo8

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  7. He really said it.

    Thanks for that quote!