But what really disturbs and saddens me is to see so many old people in the rock 'n' roll category. No wonder kids today think of rock as old people music. Every time I turn on my TV, I'm met with guys in their mid-40s through 70s recalling how much fun they used to have! Now, I remember back in the 1980s, when I would see Bob Dylan or Neil Young and because they were in their 40s, they were considered "old." In a twist of evil irony, I am now older than they were when I thought they were ready for the pasture. Except I'm still a spring chicken! Point is, young people in their 20s think they will never reach 30 -- or that it's a long way from now. If you want to reach them, you need to show them people their own age making the music that is rightfully theirs.
But we can thank the record industry for doing such a bang-up job promoting bands for the past thirty years. Imagine if grunge hadn't immediately sold any records, this list would be even older.
Best Rock Album
2) Foo Fighters -- Wasting Light: Dave Grohl seems like a really nice guy and I'm sure the Academy likes to work with people who are agreeable. It's easier than dealing with Grohl's old boss in Nirvana. Since the Foo Fighters are one of the few rock bands that get any promotional push at all -- having been grandfathered in by the grunge movement -- I'm in full support, regardless of how often I actually play them. Other people dig them and I dig other people, especially you. Can nice guys finish first?
4) Red Hot Chili Peppers -- I'm With You: With new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer bringing youth to these approximately 50-year old rockers, Red Hot Chili Peppers are now classic rock, despite coming up through the college radio circuit. Let's hope they keep their shirts on.
Best Alternative Music
Looks to me like "Alternative Music" is just a way to fit more "rock" bands into the mix. But since rock bands often don't rock anymore, it's necessary to come up with somewhere else to put them.
2) Death Cab For Cutie -- Codes and Keys: Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel have called it quits, so surely this polite young man (age: 35) is looking for the chance to tell her to go suck it. The band frequently gets nominated for Grammys. They just don't win them. Will this be their year?
4) My Morning Jacket -- Circuital: It's funny to think of this Louisville, Kentucky band as an "alternative" to anything. Sure, they use reverb and their sound can be slow and atmospheric, but it's always sounded like rock music. But I suppose rock music has become a boutique interest at this juncture in human history. It's like collecting stamps.
- Foo Fighters