“All the things that may be invented has been invented.” ~ Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the US Patent Workplace in 1899.
“Youngsters these days are tyrants. They contradict their mother and father, gobble their meals and tyrannize their academics.” ~ Socrates
Why is widespread music so dangerous at present? I imply, I am not that previous, however jeez, the music of at present, with just a few uncommon exceptions, kinda stinks. Some would say that when New Yr’s Eve 1979 ended, we have been ushered into an period of lame music that we nonetheless have not escaped from at the moment.
I grew up within the 80’s and keep in mind listening to the Beatles, John Lennon, Simon & Garfunkel, Roger Waters and Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and David Bowie, to call a couple of, with my brothers or my dad. I keep in mind seeing album covers strewn about my brother’s bed room. Albums, not CD’s. (For those who’re a very younger reader, albums are like CD’s in that they are flat and spherical, however black, and lots greater. The get scratched and do not work identical to CD’s although).
Some say that the 60’s have been a turbulent time within the U.S. and the world and thus created an ideal surroundings and tradition for revolutionary and artistic music. However let’s face it. Lately are fairly turbulent as properly. So the place’s the Crosby, Nonetheless, Nash and Younger of at this time to sing about our involvement in Iraq? Or the place is the Paul Simon of at present to protest the federal government’s stance on stem cell analysis? All we have gotten lately is the brand new Paris Hilton CD. Paris Hilton? Is not she simply well-known for being well-known? And her new CD truly received some simply OK critiques.
Earlier than anybody accuses me of portray a broad brush stroke condemning all music after the 70’s, let me say that in newer occasions there was a small quantity of simply OK stuff like Phish or Midnite, and even politically-minded music comparable to U2, however no the place close to the artistic quantity of earlier occasions.
I keep in mind when the Dixi Chicks got here out towards President Bush and the Iraq warfare. Whereas not a nasty band, they’re hardly going to realize iconic standing. They usually paid dearly by the hands of massive enterprise for his or her outspoken views. That is a far cry from the politically-charged days of Woodstock the place many artists have been talking out, and altering issues.
If you consider it, there are solely a choose few artists or bands that may commonly promote out large arenas as we speak. These are the icons. And the overwhelming majority of these artists are bands from earlier than the 80’s! Between final summer time and this summer time, listed here are a number of the actually massive live performance ticket sellers: The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton and The Eagles.
I just lately learn an article that instructed that music and tour promoters, giant venue house owners and ticket corporations are all nervous about live performance gross sales taking a plunge after the legendary artists cease touring. They understand it should be arduous to promote out massive arenas after the dinosaurs turn into extinct. Who’re the artists of as we speak who will attain that standing tomorrow?
In a current interview with Joe Walsh on Sirius Radio Joe stated there’s not almost as a lot improvisational rock anymore. And I cool beans. When requested what bands he thought have been respectable lately, he could not consider any for some time, after which lastly stated he thought the Goo Goo Dolls have been simply OK. Hmmm.
Perhaps I am some type of curmudgeon, however Prime 40 at present is simply not as simply OK because it was. Is Kevin Federline actually gifted? I simply came upon just lately that his nickname is Okay-Fed. How about fed up? I feel Okay-Fed, J-Lo, X-tina (Christina Aguilera, no joke) and A-Rod all have to get collectively ASAP and rethink their feeble nicknames, simply an FYI.
Listed here are the highest 5 songs proper now within the Summer time of 2006:
– Fergie – London Bridge
– Gnarls Barkley – Loopy
– Nelly Furtado That includes Timbaland – Promiscuous
– The Pussycat Dolls That includes Snoop Dogg – Buttons
– Panic! At The discotek – I Write Sins Not Tragedies
And right here have been the highest 5 albums of 2005:
– Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi
– 50 Cent – The Bloodbath
– Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway
– Inexperienced Day – American Fool
– The Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Enterprise
Listed here are the highest 5 albums of 1976:
– Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive
– Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
– Wings – Wings At The Velocity Of Sound
– Eagles – Eagles Biggest Hits 1971-1975
– Chicago – Chicago IX Biggest Hits
And listed here are the highest 5 albums of 1966
– Unique Soundtrack The Sound Of Music
– The Beatles – Revolver
– The Beatles – Rubber Soul
– The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
– The Ocean side Boys – Pet Sounds
Is it simply me, or is there a obtrusive distinction between the 2 21st Century lists and the second two 20th Century lists? To be truthful, I truly personal Monkey Enterprise and I prefer it. Additionally, Inexperienced Day is respectable. Admittedly, Wings is not the most effective Paul McCartney music round, however it’s Sir Paul in any case, and Chicago and The Ocean side Boys are a bit of weak. However general, the lists simply do not examine.
The music business itself has modified so drastically that I feel that is likely one of the essential causes there’s such a chasm between at the moment’s music and the creations of yesteryear. Like sports activities and drugs, music in one other business that has been a casualty of massive enterprise and American capitalism.
Not does the precise music high quality drive the business. As an alternative, the individuals with the cash and energy on the report corporations discover some dangerous music promoting nicely to younger individuals for instance, and subsequently determine that from then on they’re solely going to seek out and promote that sort of dangerous music because it made a couple of bucks. They’ve completely stopped listening to the music and as an alternative solely take heed to the dollars.
Not does the music they create decide the success of a band. As an alternative, leisure conglomerates inform followers what to take heed to, and that determines the success. They do that as a result of they’ve such a strangle maintain on the media. We solely have the phantasm of selection now. A vicious circle has begun the place the entire business is inexorably spinning down, unable to seek out buy on the edges of some slimy company funnel, circling downward uncontrollably into the abyss of painfully dangerous music.
Some bands sometimes slip by way of the vortex comparatively intact, sidestepping the just about institutionalized means of “making it” set in place by music executives. Phish is a superior instance of this. They turned massively profitable regardless of the music business. As a result of they have been so simply OK and so tenacious in touring and jamming, they attracted a big fan base. The sheer numbers of eventual followers Phish had gave them an influence that the majority artists immediately cannot have. Most different artists should do what the individuals with the purse strings inform them to do. And that always makes for dangerous music. Sadly, Phish is not even collectively any extra. However they seem to be a uncommon exception in that they got here after the 70’s and have been extremely artistic and improvisational.
One other factor that contributes to the poor music of in the present day is tek. Lately, Hollywood actors who cannot sing can have singing careers. The engineers contact up their voices, and use each digital sound method there’s to make a mean product sellable, identical to the magazines airbrush the fashions and actresses, trimming years off to finish the phantasm. There are various methods during which the music engineers can do that within the studio and even for artists on tour.
Ashlee Simpson is a simply OK instance of this. First, we noticed her on Saturday Night time Reside getting caught lip-sinking. Then I heard a current interview the place Joe Walsh’s daughter, Lucy Walsh, admitted that as Ashlee’s keyboard participant, she all the time doubled Ashlee’s voice whereas on tour.
I do know that in any period there’s going to be foolish music acts like Ashlee Simpson, Kevin Federline and Paris Hilton. I understand that in Bob Dylan’s time there have been numerous feeble but well-known music artists then too. My grievance is that it looks like in some other period there was no less than sufficient actually unbelievable and unique music being created to stability issues out.
Let’s go backwards. We have appeared on the in style music of the 21st Century just a little within the lists above and I do not see any actually unique music in there in any respect. Some might argue that the grunge period of the 90’s produced some superior and unique music. I argue that the majority of that music was so closely influenced by the rock of the 60’s and 70’s that it actually wasn’t that unique in any respect.
The music of the 80’s matched the hair and garments of the time, lame. The synthesizer was new then, however the music was fairly dangerous, and positively not timeless. However then we come to the 70’s and 60’s. These are the many years that final held any hope for individuals like me who lengthy for recent, unique, artistic and improvisational music.
In 1899 the Commissioner of the US Patent Workplace wrote “The whole lot that may be invented has been invented.” Alright, perhaps he was just a little off. However in a method, every little thing that appears new is basically simply new mixtures of present issues. Music is not any totally different. I am hoping that we return to the times when the mixtures of beats, rhythms, harmonies and melodies grow to be as artistic as they have been within the 60’s and 70’s.
However perhaps issues have not modified a lot since even Socrates’ occasions. He thought youngsters have been tyrants, as if his era was the final of a dying breed of angelic youngsters. Perhaps he simply did not perceive the youngsters of his period, and perhaps I am the identical means.