Still, it's not like I hated everything I heard on the radio. In early 2004, Modest Mouse broke through with their single "Float On," a jaunty, poppy little number that ranked among the best music released that year. It seemed impossible to not like. The thing is, I couldn't help but notice a bit of resentment when the song hit the airwaves. All the original Modest Mouse fans - or at least a lot of them - were upset at how quickly the mainstream audience had taken to the song. It was as thought hey were upset that the philistines of the music world had discovered their thing. "Ew, get your gross Nickelbackgerms away from my cool band!"
I have no problem with loathing mainstream music, but only when it deserves it. When the bands being played on rock radio really are weak and uninspired - and a lot of them are - I'm more than happy to point that out. But let's not forget that just because a band breaks through, doesn't mean they stop being good. Instead of being sad that we "lost" one of our favorite bands to the masses, can't we be happy that they've found a new audience? When musicians whom we've admired for a decade finally get to be millionaires, shouldn't we be happy for them? I'm all for hating bland, commercial music, but let's not turn our backs on good music just because it happens to be popular.