I agree with you 200% with the exception of "American Pie". That is and always will be a Don McLean classic. Madonna didn't have the respect to do the full 8 1/2 minutes of the original song!
I honestly don't know what is worse....seeing these bad rip offs, or the fact that todays kids love them.
the mere fact that all this musical theft goes on just proves something I've been saying for years....
that todays "musicians" (I use the term very generously) are so lacking in creativity, originality, and talent, that the only way they can be heard is to steal old classics. They correctly conclude that most of their audience will have never heard of the original, so they can plagarize it, and for the most part get away with it. I don't beleive that todays music is really appreciated for its musical value per se. I think the reason it attains its popularity is the same driving force that posesses kids to wear gaudy clothing, pierce body parts, and so on...
it's the way they define "their" generation.
They don't want to listen to the same music their older siblings or even their parents do. Of course THAT could be the subject of a topic all on its own. This is why that even though ever week we have a "hot new act", they always vanish as quickly as they came. But their lack of talent is still transparent. This is why you have "original" groups such as the Moody Blues, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, etc. that have maintained their popularity for over a generation whereas todays acts seldom last over a year. Then they vanish right back into obscurity. Can anyone tell me what Alanis, Hootie, Sheryl Crow, and the Lice Girls are up to nowadays? At one point, all of them were "destined to be the last word in music".
Why is nothing from the last 10 years or so been able to reach that level of popularity? Even the "one hit wonders" from the 80's maintain their popularity among those from that generation. 80's flashbacks are common on at least three popular radio stations here in LA. Go into any night club that plays 80's and even 70's music, and you will see the dancefloor be packed, and everyone will be having a good time. But as soon as the ghetto and grunge laced music of the 90's comes on, the dance floor will be a ghost town, and everyone will be outside smoking a cigarette...except for the one or two people that just turned 21....or 18 if it's an 18 and older club. Wonder why that is.
Now that the 90's are over, I'm still waiting to see if the music from that decade will have the same impact and longevity.
Being as objective as humanly possible, I've come to the simple conclusion of "no fucking way".