the internet allowed for this democratising curation thing to happen the way it has. it's become the talent. that's why the 90s held a certain integrity that's been lost and has so many of us yearning. it took a bit more to pull it off and the big characters made it all the more magic. but the internet came along and empowered anyone who wanted to become a connoiseur. all you needed was enough tenacity to nerd out and do all the research. full access to the the once heavily guarded annals of all cool culture just from trawling blogs, discogs, tumbler and youtube. i did it myself. this meant that people who would have been consumers or bedroom musicians at most were now clobbering together collages like LCD Soundsystem. playing to crowds of likeminded culture vultures. i'm losing my edge as the ourboros. the conservative meek inherited it because they were the ones with the right mindset. add on to that the fact that it was all happening around the time daft punk and electroclash were crossing over and bringing rock audiences into the club and thus bringing ecstasy into the mix. it's like inevitable music or something,Yes there's like a poise and tastefulness to them. I mean tastefulness as a bad thing. You know like when you go round someone's flat and everything is really *nice* but it's unnerving too. It all coheres to present a very carefully - too carefully- put together picture of the Good Life.
I think this quite a new thing? I hated them at the time but Oasis and that lot were never tasteful. Fuck even Fatboy slim wasn't tasteful. But this sort of stuff like Mgmt is.
I think the modern sense of "curating" things is also important here