Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Real Succesor

Few people can honestly say they dont enjoy the true music of the 70s. GnR, Zeppelin, Queen, The Doors, The Who, (and of course Stillwater) the list never ends. You dont have to love the whole genre, but theres a song from then that sounds like it was written for you, maybe you just havent found it yet. These were people who didnt care about the money, it was about the music. Their songs had meaning (even if the meaning was lost cuz they were so high they didnt understand it themselves), and they had soul. "Listen to Tommy (The Who) with a candle burning and you can see your future". No other music has that sort of inspiration.
Now, look at the music we have today. That was 70s rock and roll. Look at todays rock and roll. Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, Nirvana. Remember the Weird Al parody from Nirvana "Smells like Teen Spirit"?
Now I'm mumblin and Im screamin
And I dont know what I'm singin
Crank the volume, ears are bleedin
I still dont know what Im singin
Were so loud and incoherent
Boy, this oughta bug your parentsYeah

That pretty much sums up current rock. A lot of angry (angry? what about the original peace loving rock stars?? Bowie wasnt angry!) kids making a lot of noise to piss their parents off. A few drums, electric guitars, a voice that can carry over all that noise (or not), youve got a rock band! It does have its purpose, if you want to talk without the FBI listening, but thats about it.
Then theres pop. Pop has nothing to do with music anymore, it is entirely about the video. Hot girls (Brittany, Christina, Mandy, depending on your taste) or boys (N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Rickie Martin, depending on your taste) taking off their clothes while saying some inane line over and over again (think "Hit Me Baby one more Time". What message is she conveying?!?) Some of them do have redeeming qualities, personally I'm a fan of Pink telling it straight, and for some inexplicable reason I like Avril. Maria Carey has a wonderful voice. Madonna has managed to stay in music forever, which is impressive in itself. But as a genre as a whole, its more about how they are portrayed on video, about their dolls and posters then it is about the music. It does have its place, in dance clubs and parties, but its not good listening.
Next is rap. I like rap. It always gets me pumped up, Eminem, Tupac, telling it like it is. Ludacris telling you the best places to get some. Snoop Dogg, just being Snoop Dogg. But then you have to weed through songs like 50 cent, just cuz lollipop rhymes with candyshop, you dont have to make a rap about it. Most rap is more about the cars and bitches and finding random words that rhyme together. The Ying Yang twins is on the top of the charts. i read their lyrics, and all I can say is, somethings are supposed to stay in the bedroom. Theyve crossed the line from funny inuendo to porno music. But I'm off track here, rap came from the ghetto, at its heyday was a beautiful art and talent, full of true meaning, but now it has been taken over by pop and is in its death throttle. Its turned into being all about the videos, and how many strippers can fit on the screen.
This now brings me to the main point. country music. its pure, its intelligible, it has meaning. Although it flirts with pop (think Shania or Faith Hill), it mainly keeps to itself. Although their views are the opposite of peace loving 70s music(South Park, "I'm a little bit of country), the feeling is the same. Music you can sit down and enjoy, that you can relate to. It doent give you a headache. And its the true succesor to the 70s music we love.

14 Comments:

Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I have to agree with you.
I love Metallica, which I think has a beautiful combination of rock and soul. It's loud, but James has a gorgeous voice, and you really feel the music through him. "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters" are just 2 amongst my favorites. I'm also a big fan of Alternative Rock. Linkin Park and Hoobastank are actually 2 really great bands. OK, I'm very eclectic when it comes to music. My CD collection ranges from Mozart to Eminem. I also have all of Faith Hill's CD's. But, overall, I used to buy like 2-3 CD's a week, but now I'm lucky if I buy a CD a month. There is just nothing good coming out. I do have to say that I used to love country, but, lately, I've really gotten into cross-over Christian Rock bands, like Switch-Foot and Evenescence. I mean, have you heard them? They sing about something real. They're not singing about the bitches and hoes. They're not singing about money, bling bling, and the Caddilac. They're not singing about bubble-gum garbage. They sing with a purpose, and their lyrics are beautiful and meaningful. I really suggest checking them out.
But, seriously, you are so right. Most of today's music has seriously gone down the toilet. When you have 50 Cent winning Grammy awards, the music industry is in big trouble, and it's already in big trouble.
-OC

12:10 PM  
Anonymous menachem said...

i was with you right until the end...
country music? you freak.

and "i'll take you to the candyshop, i'll let you lick my lollypop," is the greatest lyrical masterpiece since Led Zeppelin's fourth Album.

the truth is, there's good music out there today, they're just a little overshadowed by the slutty ho singers brittney and christina and company. look at green day, aerosmith (actually a holdover from the 70's), red hot chilli peppers, REM and the like. weezer is turning out nicely. they're not all crap. just stay away from pop, and stick with rock.

12:36 PM  
Blogger stillruleall said...

OC
Metallica is good, I'm just bored of them. The song of theirs I liked the best was Low Mans Lyrics. Also, I think i would just feel morally wrong ascribing myself to Christian Rock. But that could just be the inner charaidi in me...
Menachem
Aerosmiths and REMs good stuff is old stuff. aerosmiths last big hit was as pop as could be

2:24 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Well, that's why I only listen to cross-over Christian rock. Their cross-over stuff doesn't have any references to Jesus and stuff. They just sing about morality, virtues, and values. Then, they add an edge to it. No violations there, I think. Listen to on of their songs, and judge for yourself.
I also think you have very good points about REM, Aerosmith, and even Metallica. The old stuff is the best. Can't beat Pink Floyd. What has happened to music this century? The 90's were a very good decade, and then, bang. It all went to hell in a hand basket.
-OC

3:11 PM  
Anonymous menachem said...

did you ever see the southpark where cartman becomes a christian rock star? he takes ordinary pop songs, and replaces "baby" with "jesus." so all his songs were stuff like
i wanna feel you inside me... jesus

and

i may have been born again, but i wasn't born again yesterday...

and

you're once...twice...three times my savior

6:19 PM  
Anonymous dick said...

from trooooooooooy michigan.... STILLWATER!!!!!!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Russel said...

I dig music....

I'M ON DRUGS!

7:58 PM  
Blogger stillruleall said...

whoever is adding Almost Famous lines, i love you man!!!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

you know stillwater isnt a real band..

10:12 PM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

the rock stars of the '70's may not have been in it for the money, but they were in it for the sex and drugs

10:15 PM  
Blogger Duude said...

I don't know if you guys realised, but people are starting to go back to old music, K-Rock in NYC used to be the alternative station, is now playing "Great rock, period." Basically there playing more and more classic rock, I'm 19, all my friends and I are just sick of all the new music, there's no quality there, so we just started listening to the old stuff... I think Hotel California by the Eagles is a great song, and Metallica Turn the Page is my favorite Metallica song, Linkin Park, evanescence, three doors down and nickelback are really good, but they haven't come out with new material in a while...

10:23 PM  
Anonymous alvin and the chipmunks said...

christmas time is cooooming near

10:40 PM  
Anonymous jeff bebe said...

Some people have a hard time explaining rock 'n' roll. I don't think anyone can really explain rock 'n' roll. Except Pete Townshend, but that's okay. Rock 'n' roll is a lifestyle and a way of thinking... and it's not about money and popularity. Although, some money would be nice. But it's a voice that says, "Here I am... and fuck you if you can't understand me." And one of these people is gonna save the world. And that means that rock 'n' roll can save the world... all of us together. And the chicks are great. But what it all comes down to is that thing. The indefinable thing when people catch something in your music.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Veev said...

I love the references to Almost Famous, one of the best movies in existence. How many times have you seen it at my house, Dav?

As far as contry music is concerned: It has feeling, meaning, and according to a music video I saw today, "It's about me."

However, the hair bands from the 80's still rock my world: Guns 'N Roses, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, White Lion, et al.

2:54 AM  

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