Having had a guitarist roommate (my brother, which is even worse), I can tell you three things:
For the jury's consideration, I present Exhibit A - Guitar Rage:
This young man has decided, at 1:30 AM, that it's time to play Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"... half a bar at a time... with a nice vocal outro. Thankfully for us, his own roommate was gracious enough to record the whole fiasco and upload it directly to YouTube. What are friends for if not sabotaging your reputation for the rest of your life?
Order, Order... Order in the court.
The defendant is deemed guilty of not knowing how to play guitar and sentenced to anger management and one more year of Guitar Hero. And he has to make straight A's this semester or better or he's grounded. That'll give him plenty of time to put in the practice.
For you young people reading this (wow I'm getting old, I was in high school when this mockery of a song came out), here's the Green Day song he's trying to play:
Now, it's admittedly a nice song for a teenager, which is the intended audience (also known as selling out). The orchestral arrangement is a nice touch. But if you're 30 years old or older, you heard enough of this song in the late 90's for a lifetime. You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing it. A lot of us even heard it at our freaking graduation ceremonies. I'd be happy to never hear it again, to be honest.
This song was from the album Nimrod, but if you want the real experience of when Green Day busted on the scene, you have to check out Dookie. Even the artwork was awesome.
It's their 3rd album but their first global or even national success. This was back when you'd actually hear inspired music in the pop charts instead of the same corrupt, cookie cutter, elite system of money making. This album though, it's my jam, peanut butter, and jelly. Green Day just started getting that big money and needed more of it and had to contractually pump out more albums. It was all downhill from Dookie.
It was soon after that when the boy bands and girl bands took over. We said goodbye to Green Day, Nirvana, Godsmack, Korn, and Limp Bizkit, and said hello to N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and Destiny's Child. What I wouldn't give to go back to a time where pop music had a slight glimmer of being genuine artistry.
I don't think it'll ever happen until after the musical apocalypse, to be honest. I thought it was coming with the internet revolution but the old money labels still managed to put a stranglehold on all the streaming services. Like the old days, you'll have to scour the forums and social media to find the real hidden gems out there.