Internetmeme wrote:Why? Why can't there be actually decent rock nowadays?
The eighties happened.
Maybe that's not fair of me, though. I feel as though I'm locked in in one era of music. Maybe it's because I'm attracted to the romance of it, of that magical era full of optimism, experimenting, and non-seriousness that characterizes the 60s. Which isn't to say I didn't love the pessimistic and deadly serious songs of that time either. But it all fits together in one mythology that I love. In 63 the most experimental pop music you got was surf music. Seven years later you had the world's largest outdoor concert, musicians publicly annoucning LSD use (and writing songs about it), and bands like Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd making as much as a cacophony as possible and it actually sounding kinda cool. Led Zeppelin came out in 68! It was a time where pop music became an art form.
But the top ten of the late 60s weren't filled by the Stones, the Who, the Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, etc. The billboard charts were crap. Really. http://www.chairborneranger.com/top100/top100-1969.htm
You'll probably recognize most of the top ten, and I like a lot of ten, but it's a lot more different than you'd expect. Sugar Sugar was number one? This
was number ten? I actually listened to this entire list the other day, trying to find good music. Some songs I loved. Most I hated. Motown and crap. American Idol fluff.
I suspect that in 40 years, a lot of the indie bands that I haven't been paying attention to may be viewed as geniuses the same way the Stones and Pink Floyd are.
But me, personally...I just don't like modern music. Probably partly from prejudice, and partly because there seems to be a kind of emptiness to it. Which you first hear coming in through the vocoders in Mr Blue Sky and see it in the androgynous style of glam rock. Maybe rock didn't finish what it had to say, but I wasn't particularly interested in what it had to say.
Jesse wrote:Hell, I'm just pulling out some well known names from the top of my head. Also, why the fuck bring up the Beatles? They weren't rock, never even came close. In fact, they're responsible for the boy bandy shit we see plastered everywhere nowadays. Because of The Beatles we have to put up with JLS.
Not even close? Helter Skelter, I Want You (She's So Heavy), the Abbey Road medley, Back in the USSR, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Yer Blues, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey, Revolution (not 1), Dig a Pony, I Got a Feeling, One after 909, Get Back, Taxman, Tomorrow Never Knows, Sgt Peppers (and the reprise). All those were rock songs. Especially if you consider what rock was in the 60s. We didn't have death metal then, and I feel like what was considered rock in the 60s is viewed as really tame now because of how hard music became after. But 60s rock evolved from 50s rock and roll, and in 1969, Get Back may not have been the hardest song around, but it was almost definitely considered the same general genre (namely, "rock") as the Who and the Stones.
Also, because of the Beatles we have to put up with Radiohead, Nirvana, and ...wait, basically every rock band from the 70s on.