Not so sure that statement applies to Japan. For all their influence, foreign artists are nowhere near as popular as homegrown bands. The homegrown bands outsell them and fill more stadiums.
Even the K_pop bands don’t make a dent. Of the top 100-selling artists of all time in Japan, only two - Celine Dion and Mariah Carey - are not Japanese. 98 out of 100.
If the Rolling Stones come to Japan, they’ll fill Tokyo Dome for three nights and then fly over to Korea. Could they do a national tour? Sure, but there’ll be empty seats in the backwaters. Why? Because most Japanese don’t give a sh*t about the Rolling Stones. You do and I do, but they don’t. Half of the adult population has never even heard of them, let alone been influenced by them…
I don't disagree that Phuket has inflated prices
But if you aren't super budget conscious you wouldn't have any of those issues
I've been taking the limo desk for 20 years
Always a very nice Camry with a very courteous and safe driver
For 700-800 baht
Which is expensive for Thailand but comparable to North America so I'm not going to worry
I have a few dollars in the bank
We tried the taxi metre once and it was exactly how you described
I'm fine paying a bit more for a proper ride
The bands of the 20th century sang about feelings.
Since then it seems that bands have dissapeard and songs about sex, drugs, or violence have been the mainstream.
It seems like there is no meaning in the music of today, just video clips pushing the limits of sexual morality onto a video screen to see who can be more explicit than the the next.
Yet when our younger generation hear those bands of the 20th century for the first time, 8 out of 10 times they have an explosion of feelings about the songs.