How the Spice Girls Killed Rock N Roll

Posted: January 12, 2018 in Celebrity, Commentary, Entertainment, Girls, Music
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Note: The following article was written off the top of my head.

I think about things, and one of things I think about is the decline of Rock n Roll. A lot of blame can be laid on MTV. How did MTV, who gave us weird cartoons like The Head or Liquid Television and (their name) music that scared your parents turn into a homogenized, pasteurized, and sanitized reality TV channel that barely plays music? It was a domino effect that started with the Spice Girls.


Lets rewind the clock back to the beginning of 1997. The Spice Girls were another group like TLC. I liked looking at them (I was 13) but never cared for their music. (Not my cup of tea). They were popular, but bands like Tool, Nine Inch Nails, and Soundgarden were still getting airplay on MTV. Rock fans thought they were safe, they were not.


The Spice Girls Empire expanded. No longer were the Spice Girls just selling albums, t-shirts, and posters they entered a new territory: dolls, and they sold through the roof. Soon, the Spice Girls were on more items than the cast of Star Wars. The money was flowing and the record company loved it. They wanted more. Soon, Hanson debuted followed by Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Mandy Moore it didn’t stop and there was no Beavis and Butthead to tell us it “sucked.” Soon TRL debuted and Rock was relegated to the backburner.


Why? Money. How do rock fans spend their money? They buy their favorites bands album, a shirt, a sticker, a patch, and tickets to the next show. If they are inspired, they buy a guitar (or another instrument) and start their own band with friends. Spice Girls fans bought these too along with lollipops, dolls, bubblegum, temporary tattoos, Trapper Keepers, etc. Rock fans have no interest in these things. They care about getting to the next show.


The bubblegum pop bubble burst, but it didn’t lead to the return of Rock n Roll. No, reality TV staring people with their own clothing line took over MTV’s airwaves. It wouldn’t be long before MTV stopped playing music. Soon after that, New York City would lose K-ROCK, its only modern rock station.


Is Rock dead? No. It survives on satellite radio, Spotify, and Marvel movie trailers. But, it no longer has the reach and influence it once had. And it’s all the Spice Girls fault.

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