The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be

The marketing catchphrase used by RCA forty years ago, “Often Copied, Never Equalled” has much truth to it. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) marked the culmination and close of the most sustained attempt to inject high artistry and radical individualism into popular music, while still maintaining the dirtiest of 70s funk riffs. Robert Fripp’s guitar work is stellar. In lesser hands, electronic music became the ubiquitous derivative and effete pap that has come to dominate. Here is a decent enough article on SMSC.