When talking with younger people, it occured to me that most of them never heard about the lesser known bands I grew up with and loved some 15-20 years ago.
I don't want to preach and explain to you how much more interesting these people were (are!) in comparison with Britney Spears and how much more fun they had with their own images. I just present three of them over here and - if you are interested - you can find more about them on Wikipedia, YouTube, The Pirate Bay etc., etc...
First, there is Yello (and their "Oh Yeah"). These two guys probably invented techno and serious syntesizer/sampler programming.
Then, we have Army of Lovers. You probably heard "Crucified" because it's sometimes played even today, but they had many more hits and - in their case - you really have to see their music videos.
And, finally (for today), here are The Sparks and their "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'?". Of these three, they are the most versatile. The carreer of these two brothers spans several decades and several wildly different musical styles. They influenced the Pet Shop Boys and they wrote a song for Hong Kong action director Tsui Hark (who can't even speak English, let alone sing!), called I'm Tsui Hark!