We get nu metal for the younger generation that wants to hear hard stuff. We get emo for the younger generation that wants to hear soft stuff. We get nu punk just for the sake of making bands like Sum 41 and Avril Lavigne look like poser idiots. We get older bands from the late 70s and 80s like U2 and R.E.M. struggling to stay relevant and ultimately they fail but still make better music than a lot of what is out there. All I am saying is do not hold your breath. Over the last few years in Europe, more turntables were purchased than guitars.
What would the Kurt Cobain of this generation stand FOR anyway? Would we even to listen to the Kurt Cobain of this generation because I think the whole probelm is that there is no one punk-ish position that anyone can represent anyway! Kurt, for one, hated selling-out, or claimed to. he hated how money ran the world, or claimed to. He made fun of Nirvana's very own fans at one point, because that was the point, sort of. You know? It all sort of contradicted itself, but there was still some important honestly involved in the music. It was soul bearing, and people could relate to it. It was the beginning of the end really, because everybody started to "get" alternative music. Sort of. Does that make sense?
What do we expect of our artists? I think too much. I think the music industry is too oversaturated with stuff for any one thing to stand out. That's just one of the issues. Another issue is that the labels son't invest in their talent over the long-term, they don't allow a band to slowly grow up like U2 and REM and The Cure got to do. They want bands that have the right sound right NOW and later doesn't matter. It's about cash.