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Old 04-12-2011, 07:44 AM
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Default Re: My rant on today's pop music

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum View Post

I recall in the 90's, listening to grunge take over the radio, and thinking, yeah, but in 10-20 years, will be look back on this fondly with the same sense of nostalgia people give to the 50-80s? I didn't think so.

In the 90's Dream Theater really embraced the internet. Back in the days when most people only had AOL, you could go to the Dream Theater AOL board, and Mike Porntoy and then keyboardist Derek Sheridian would actually post and reply to posts from fans, as well as Mike's sister and their ex-vocalist. They helped build a huge network of online prog fans. A lot of prog musicians said wow, I can actually do this music and find an audience now. Where as before they would have limited to just playing in their living rooms.

But still, it's not like those prog bands sell millions (Tool being the exception). Most of them just get by.

Many of those Brooklyn bands are very 80s new wavish. I kind of missed the boat on that.

In the 1990s, I really started to get into classical musical. But I always found something on the pop dial that was interesting. k.d Lang was just on Leno tonight. I remember she her several great albums before giving up on music and then rediscovering herself with Tony. There was also Sarah Maclachlan and Natalie Merchant who I like. Lots of women's music. I remember an Aussie band called Dead Can Dance. I've seen Lisa Gerrard a few times live and she is like no other. One of the greatest performers I've ever heard. She didn't come from the 1970s.

I wasn't really a big grunge fan; but I liked the hits and I liked Pearl Jam, STP and then there was Primus and Chili Pepper's. There was a lot of great music, so there will be 1990s nostalgia, although it probably should have started already. Well, maybe it has as your program. I was going to listen to some of that but forgot. There would probably be another dozen artists that I enjoyed listening to from the 1990s if I though about it Marc Cohn, Beck, Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley (he died) I lived in Oakland at the time and the college kids would journey down to LA to see Smashing Pumpkins. It meant something to them.

I used to be a member of the DT and Flower Kings groups. The reason I brought up the prog movement was because these musical movements die out when there is nobody there to support it. and then you have these 40-50 something talking about crap in the business. But they've not listened to so much music. If all you listened to was Capt and Tennille in the 70s, Thompson Twins in the 80s and Hanson in the 90s, you may get a skewed picture.

I am not going to defend a lot of the BS in the industry. it is what it is. But there is a lot of diversity if you go out and find it. Seems people are too lazy to do that, so they get Rebecca Black. You can blame it all on the execs; but if you haven't taken the time to find the quality, or to open up to something new, that is part of the problem.
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