Bad art

Somewhere in one of their essays, Auden or Eliot (I can’t remember which) makes some point about how there’s essentially bad art, and then there’s art which is bad because it’s irresponsible– because it leads other people to make essentially bad art.

Much as I respect Maynard James Keenan et al., at some level they had to know that A Perfect Circle was swinging the door wide to a lot of bad art. You can’t hardly turn the radio any more without hearing some crap rock singer wrestling with his inner demons.

The converse of this kind of bad art is Nick Lachey, who seems to have a lot of potential which gets pissed away by shitty producers and lame management. I seriously hope someone goes Danger Mouse on his ass…

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