Post by linuxgal Post by Alex W.
Still, the pairing was very odd; Nirvana would have had to open
for N'Sync for a true comparison...
Dokken is, in my mind, precisely the crap that Nirvana flushed down the
toilet. Seems to happen early in every new decade since the birth of
Rock 'n' Roll. The early promise of the Fifties stultified into that
Jan & Dean pablum in the early 60s, and the Beatles came around to show
them how its done. Led Zeppelin made the early 70s very heavy indeed
until later even the Stones where using a disco groove. Punk and New
Wave brought things back to basics, but this degenerated into sterile
synth-pop and hair metal. Grunge was the shit until Kurt Nobrain died,
then it was just grunge knockoffs (Matchbox 20) and your boy bands, and
pop music has been a wasteland of sameness every since. Compare any
tune from 2000 (Cher), 2007 (Black Eyed Peas), and 2012 (Lady Gaga).
I'm not sure about the "wasteland". Yes, I get the same
impression myself, but I have a niggling suspicion that we may be
too close to it, that we do not see the trees for the forest. By
way of comparison, consider the 60's: all those new acts being
released onto the public ears week in week out, maybe cracking
the Top 100 or even the Top 40 ... and where are they all now?
Who now knows their name? I suspect that if we were to look at
the overall figures, we'd find that the good stuff, the genuinely
original and influential songs and acts, were as rare in decades
past as they are now. If we were to have this conversation in
2042 or 2052, we'd both have a shortlist of names that have
stayed the course and proven their quality but that we now cannot
even bother to pick up on among all that bubblegum noise.
The other thing, of course, is external influences. Rock and
Heavy Metal only came about because British audiences and
musicians were exposed to the Blues, and we then returned the
compliment. Electronic music started in France and Germany and
then infected the rest of us. So perhaps what is needed is some
outside musical fashion that for some unfathomable reason goes
nuclear and changes everything. K-Pop, maybe, or Tuvan