Showing posts from August, 2009

The Future of Rock 'N Roll

Every generation has their rock 'n roll trends. In the 70's, it was what is now called "classic rock" but at the time was most likely called AOR (album oriented rock), which competed with the birth of punk. In the 80's, new wave bands were popular, alongside NWOBHM (if you don't know what it stands for, don't ask) and hair bands/glam metal. In the 90's, we saw the rise of "grunge" (spare me) and alternative rock.

And what will we remember from the 00's?

Trust me, the easy answer is "nothing". The easy answer is to disparage the music of the last decade as it comes to a close. Well, guess what? Many of the generations before us disparaged the music of the time and longed for the "way things used to be". To say there is no good music currently being written and played is WRONG.

OK, yes, we have the Nickleback effect. Songs by both Theory of a Deadman and Shinedown are virtually indistinguishable from anything Nickleback ev…

Then vs. Now: Music and young girls

The year was 1996. I was 10 years old. Friends and Seinfeld were two of the most popular shows on TV. Bill Clinton was president. Dial up AOL was just taking off. Albums still had the potential to be RIAA certified diamond with sales of 10 million copies. And what was I listening to?

My first CD was Ace of Base - "The Sign". I also had Real McCoy's "Another Night" album, Celine Dion's "Falling Into You". And then I listened to Disney related music, like the Lion King soundtrack and A Goofy Movie soundtrack.

Well, kids are still listening to Disney related music. Except now, it's Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Maybe Demi Lovato, if they are ever-so-slightly edgier.

I will admit I just watched the "Best Of Both Worlds" Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert DVD. Interspersed with the concert footage is some video of the fans attending the concert. They are singing at the top of their lungs Hannah/Miley songs for the camera and saying why…