For Those About to Rock !!

Posted: December 23, 2011 in Music
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Music is a always a broad spectrum of discussion , not just broad ….VERY broad . However, when I sit down and think about it, I find the topic narrowing down considerably. Why? Because I would classify a lot of what currently passes for music as crap. Not just your ordinary everyday crap, but pure, unadulterated crap. I will attempt to bring to your notice who and why. I believe I am fairly open-minded and I judge most things with a lot of leniency. Still, this classification is important because the music development in recent years have gone from bad to worse . If we rewind  back to early ages of modern music, and by that I mean 70’s music, the bands who ruled the era were Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd , Jimi Hendrix , Janis Joplin , AC DC , The Doors , The Beatles and many more . Now guys, if your favorite bands are not on the list don’t be mad. This is just my list. You are of course entitled to your own. The point is, these guys used analogue instruments which portrayed the music in a beautiful way and they had meaningful lyrics as well .This age was prominent for the birth of psychedelic music .

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If we move to the 80’s then we can mention people wearing sick costumes which had a thousand zippers, leather butt hugging pants and witch-like hair flying all over the place. Examples are Guns and Roses , Def Leppard , Van Halen , Judas Priest . Yes, there were exceptions like U2 and Dire Straits who always maintained a sober appearance. But apart from the appearance if you actually listen to the music then you will realize that those were pretty good too. They had substance and they produced different types of good music . We know this age mostly because of the birth of “metal” .

Lets move to 90’s which is my personal favorite as it started the grunge movement and funk music . They created non commercial music which was pure, soulful and passionate . Examples are Pearl Jam ( my personal favorite ) , Alice in Chains , Nirvana , RHCP , Rage Against the Machine and many more. They had their act, they did not sport the gay 80’s look and were free spirited . They mainly focused on bringing a revolution and reformation of thoughts amongst its listeners . They are/were awesome !!!

The music since 2000’s, however, has just varied mostly from good to pathetic . While its true that we got to hear some real good stuff from Coldplay, Audioslave, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Poets of the fall, we also had to survive trash from SOAD (system of a down) , Blink 182 , Sum41 , Limp Bizkit and many more. A word here. On principle we wouldn’t even deign to discuss Britney Spears, Beyonce, JLo or Justin Bieber. To get back to music, I don’t care who won which award . They suck. They are just a bunch of half hearted musicians who thought just by playing a few power chords and banging the drum and shouting nonsense on the mic they will become another Eddie Vedder or Kurt Cobain . They use lyrics which, amazingly, is completely devoid of purpose, meaning, thought or emotions. They just put some scattered noise together with a lot of slang and numerous uses of the f-word,  mix it with some studio modified digital noise and then claim they are “singing.” You can get a clear picture if you listen to their live performances where they perform their original compositions where the mistakes are uncorrectable  . They dress like clowns and just make weird faces and makeups to attract attention and sell CDs.They all look the same and they all sound the same . Pathetic.

Like I said in the beginning, this is My opinion. If you differ , that’s OK, but don’t expect me to pay attention… If you aspire to become a musician, please, listen to some real music, not Linkin Park or, for God’s sake, Justin Bieber. Please, learn something about music before you go up on your college fest stage just to press some buttons and do some scratching . Please.

  1. Anushree says:

    A good read indeed.. Maybe a detailed artist/ band-wise discussion sometime would be good.. I think Alice in Chains deserve more mention than they got in this post 😦

  2. do not worry we will post separate articles on alice in chains and other bands of our liking shortly …so keep following 🙂

  3. Gems says:

    I’m a Pearl Jam girl all the way…but your 70’s list hit the spot too. Why don’t they make music like these great bands anymore? Alpine Valley was amazing….I can’t see JLo doing something like that in 20 years 🙂

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