Lest We Forget (To Rant)
Do you still listen to the music you listened to years ago when you were on the verge of high school?
Maybe – maybe not. Despite your tastes in genre, ‘good’ music can be typified by that which hangs around and is still somewhat relevent years later. Amidst the sea of disposable pop tunes that litter the music scene are the occasional non-biodegradable styrofoam hits that are the Village People, Abba, Vanilla Ice and so on that just wont go away. Everything else just kind of ups and leaves like a fart in the wind.
The classic punk bands for example remain relevent. There is always someone who wants to stick it to whatever ‘man’ is in power, and for them, the music rings as true today as when influential bands like The Clash, Dead Kennedys, The Stooges and The Sex Pistols came to prominence.
Metal is metal is metal is metal. A kick ass riff or mind numbing ear bleedingly great guitar solo is always awesome – wether is was wailed out by Deep Purple or Motorhead back in the day or by Lamb of God or Killswitch Engage last week.
Funk, Soul, Motown and the great girl groups from the 60’s and 70’s are always idolised by those who perform under the Urban and R&B banners today. Idolised – and rarely matched. By the way, don’t get me started on R&B (if its not BB King or Muddy Waters singing about how his girl and his dog up and left him for another man – it aint R&B)!!
Great music is always great. Their albums sell consistently. Pop music inflates like bubblegum, getting bigger and bigger before bursting with a ‘pop,’ never to be big again. Pop is interchangable and produces more one hit wonders than any other genre. No I will not provide evidence – the fact that I can barely remember the rubbish Im attempting to attack is evidence enough that pop is pretty forgettable.
All you have to do is go into your friendly neighbourhood record store and look for 25th anniversary or even 10th anniversary editions of classic albums. Not greatest hits mind you – any idiot can put out a greatest hits compilation after two albums. Anniversary editions of albums, to me, suggest that the music contained therein is as relevent and wonderful today as it was when it was released.
Michael Jackson, Weezer, NWA, Jeff Buckley, Dead Kennedys, Meatloaf and many more. The music has endured. It may not be your exact cup of tea – but you gotta respect its longevity.
Written by tragicether
July 18, 2008 at 3:28 am
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