Chuck Klosterman looks at the nature of being a rock and roll star circa 2004

Chuck Klosterman writes a pretty good piece in Spin Magazine (!) on the changing nature of being a “rock star” in 2004 called “We Will One Day Become That Which We Despise.” His main thesis is that “today, we’ve reached the bizarre cultural moment when bands are adopting the trappings of superstardom without the (seemingly essential) component of being successful.” He goes on to name Franz Ferdinand, The Stills, The Killers, The Rapture, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol as good examples of bands who seem to act more successful then they actually are. “What these bands do best—the main purpose of their existence, and the main thing people seem to like about them—is embrace and embody all the signifiers of massive rock stardom. And nobody seems to realize how weird this is.” In a way he has a point but in a way it really doesn’t matter as the scale of what rock bands are doing these days is finally coming down to a level that is sustainable both in attitude and style without the assistance (or requirement) of a huge marketing machine behind them. That and maybe people are just playing rock and roll to dress up and have fun. It’s certainly working for The Darkness!