Sure, they seem harmless enough. But were they leading rock off a cliff? Commenter Hologram Sam (nice handle, man) pointed us to a nice little screed by Gene Sculatti, where he compactly autopsies the music we love. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Sculatti was the main brain behind the fun pop culture compendia The Catalog of Cool and Too Cool.I thought the piece was provocative enough to surface on a post of its own. Read it and give an opinion: were The Beatles part of the problem? Or can their example lead rock back to life?