It is time for WMC #54
- “Philip Sherburne addresses the malaise in electronic dance culture (i didn’t know the economic side of it had gotten that parlous) and convenes a kind of brain trust to come up with remedies.” —Simon Reynolds
And thus starts Sherburne’s piece:
Regarding the economic side Sherburne says:
- “Still, dance music is suffering from some very real maladies, many of them economic. Record sales are declining– labels that once could confidently move 1,000 copies of a 12″ single now struggle to sell 250– and legal downloads, while presumably growing, aren’t taking up the slack.”
As I said in my comment I find it hard to imagine that beats are going out of fashion.
Regarding beats going out of fashion from a theoretical point of view.
The beat is a celebration of dance, dance is a celebration of hedonism. Hedonism flourishes in economic booms. Today is an era of poverty. Beats do not fit in poverty. Perhaps. But. Counter example one: the beats of Lindy Hop during Depression America. So evidence inconclusive, but if I had to investigate I would follow the economic boom/malaise route.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in its original Stones version is WMC #54