When I had the unfortunate experience of watching Britney Spears completely implode a career at the MTV Music Awards this weekend, I couldn't help but think of this line from the song "Natural Science" by Rush.
"Art as expression ---
Not as market campaigns
Will still capture our imaginations
Given the same
State of integrity
It will surely help us along"
So much of music today is mixed within an inch of it's life. Bands are thrown into stadiums with one single, and after a follow up CD, the industry throws them aside and they lie on the junk heap like empty husks - victims after a vampire feasting.
Few bands or musicians last 3 years, let alone decades like Bob Mould has. He's one of the most underrated singers, guitar players, musicians out there. Husker Du inspired many of the alternative music of the 1990s. He wrote the theme song for "The Daily Show" and is just an amazing talent. I haven't been able to see him live yet, but I hope to one day.