Cafe owners in the United States and UK have been expressing concern over the quality of open microphone performers at their venues.
"It used to be that some guy or gal would walk in and play up a storm, but the performers these days just suck," said longtime coffee shop owner Will Tunet.
"Where did the '60s go?" asked Tunet. "Even the '80s were better than this. There's just no good talent out there it seems."
"About the best they can do is play some rock balled about an ex-lover. It's pretty pitiful when you have to listen to a dozen of these songs every weekend. Don't these kids have a life?" asked Tunet.
Apple Records disagrees. "Some of these fresh young talents are headed to stardom," said a representative. "Apple has been working non-stop to incorporate new singers into our fold. These new voices have been offering so much original material it's been busy around here."