"I think music is deader than hell. I think it's become music to watch fashion by, background music for videos... The essence of great songwriting has been eviscerated by the video culture. Now we have something else which doesn't include Don McLean - well, actually it does, but not because I want to be there - but I'm not interested in the background music for videos. I'm interested in what I would call beautiful, important songs. And I don't think they're being written ... You look at some of the stuff on MTV and you shut your eyes and you think, `what the fuck does this guy think he's doing?!'"
Testify brother. Mr. McLean has the credibility to speak about popular music, he is right, I love him for risking sounding out of touch and having the courage to say this.