I've never been a mainstream or pop music fan and back in the day, I took it on as a personal assignment to find music before it found me and certainly before my crew. I wanted to be on that edge and always took pride when a band or a song made it when I'd felt I'd "discovered" them. I was that guy that our friends were always asking "what are you listening to now"? And my burn factor was really low, by the time a song became a hit, I was past it in search of something newer. I agree that there is a lot of crap out there and not only in music, but film and TV as well. Creativity is in a lull with covers, remakes and remixes galore and the exceptions are hard to find but they are there.