Originally Posted by Liquid360
Very interesting. All this was before my time. From a purely musical standpoint, I must say it's much more harmonically interesting than what's on the radio currently. Perhaps someday the notes you play will become more important than the sounds you use. Right now I feel like it's the opposite. Don't get me wrong, I love weird sounds, but to use them as a crutch becomes self-defeating eventually.
It seems you're missing the point of this, they are not a crutch, they are used as tools in top notch songwriting, some of the most well liked songs of their time. Just because someone excels at harmonic theory and can execute it in properly a popular song, doesn't make them a douch**ag sellout, or purveyor of Kool-Aid to a cult. It is just good music, well thought out good music. It is your choice whether to embrace it or not (this is a somewhat "free" country), I choose to do so. I learned this music right next to the rock I played as learned the guitar decades ago, it helped me to understand the width and breadth of music to a much better degree.