Elton John was hosting some kind of music video competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and during a presentation he said that while videos CAN enhance music, they also covered up some CRAP music during the ’80s!
“We were before the MTV generation, and I’m glad we were because we were real artists. The MTV generation brought with it a lot of people who were great, but a lot of people who just made videos. A lot of the artistry went out of the music. We were lucky that we made it before videos.”
Unfortunately, Elton didn’t name any names.
That said, Elton DOES have hope for the future.
“I just love the energy and the adrenaline of the new kids. That’s the adrenaline we had when we were younger. You can’t buy it. You can’t bottle it. These people have it.”
So, does this mean Elton generally PREFERS today’s music over what was being created 30 years ago? There isn’t a direct connection there, but if that IS how he feels, that’s a BIG shot at the ’80s!
You can watch (a crappy phone recorded version of) his speech below: