Skip to comments.What is the Future of Rock Music?
Posted on 05/13/2005 12:42:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480
It seems like mainstream rock has been faltering as of late. Rock stations in major markets like Philadelphia have changed formats It isn't helped by the fact that hip hop/R&B is what is mainly marketed to young people these days, and that's what they like. In the music industry in general, there hasn't been an actual brand new genre since new wave/synth pop hit in the late 1970s and 1980s.
At the same time, there are "new" bands that are playing what has been described as "post punk" or "neo New Wave." These bands include the Bravery, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and the Killers. They're not playing anything groundbreaking, since this genre dates from the late 1970s. In my opinion, however, it's nice to hear something "fresh," unlike the neo-punk acts like Green Day, et al.
There are other acts like Audioslave that are still going strong without the music scene backing them up.
Will bands like the Killers start a revival of rock, or will it continue to founder?
A scary though is an 80 year old man listening to Alice in Chains 40 years down the road. (me)
'It seems like mainstream rock has been faltering as of late."
If by "as of late", you mean "for the last 15 years", then yeah - I agree.
Rock is dead. Only Jesus could Lazarus it back to life.
I never really got into them. I was more of a Soundgarden/Nirvana/Stone Temple Pilots guy in my early teens.
Well, it will happen..
I'm already 45 years old and still listening to Alice (Cooper, that is)
I like them too and Megadeth and Metallica (up to reload) I liked Tool a lot.
Nah, there's plenty of good rock music. It just can't be found on the radio.
Did/Do you like RATT? I don't think I've heard much by them, and unlike Van Halen/Guns and Roses/et al, they're not as well known today.
Not as scary as a bunch of 50 and 60 year olds runing out to buy tickets to the latest Rolling Stones concert.
"I will still be listening to classic rock and '80's heavy metal no matter how old I get."
I stoppped listening to 'new' music 10 years ago. The last new band I liked was "Live". Their "Throwing Copper" album was pretty good.
I heard a Steely Dan song the other day on our local Oldies station.
I know I'm in trouble when Steely Dan is considered "old".
I'm convinced there was a point in the mid 80's that rock music was perfected. Everything that's come after it is rehashed and recycled.
"listening to Alice in Chains 40 years down the road. (me)"
AIC, IMO, was the absolute best of the 'grunge' bands. Too bad Layne Staley got hooked on heroin. Did you know that when they found his body, he'd been dead (OD'd) for over 2 weeks!? Not many friends did he make, apparently.
" Megadeth and Metallica (up to reload)"
Ditto. "Rust in Peace" and "Euthanasia" are excellent. Dave Mustaine rules!
Slipknot, Korn, Kasabien, they're all awesome. You're all just old geezers.
"I like RATT. I am going to a show next month WASP, LA Guns and Steve Pearcy's new band."
Rock on, sister!
I bought George Lynch's "rEvolution" from his website and was happy to hear him still thrashing on the guitar. I was a big Dokken fan, but mostly for Lynch's incredible talent.
I was listening to Skid Row's "Slave to the Grind" just the other day and was reminiscing on just how pure Sebastian Bach's vocals are/were...Ahh..youth.
If you can't dance then you're no friend of mine. LOL
I can't really think of any new rock talent coming out since at least 1990. The concept of "band" has almost disappeared, except for "alternative" music (which is really becoming more like pop). For whatever the reason, the real musical talent in the past 15 years has been in country music, but most of that is really just pop too. I don't think we will ever again see the likes of the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, etc.
You'll dance to anything.
The last rock album by a "new group" I can remember enjoying was Green Day's "Dookie," which was a decade ago. I have a feeling that rock is going the way of big band music.
I said "rock" - not new-wave euro-trash pop-bubblegum garbage. :-)
The good old days are gone. I like Skid Row too.
Rock is dead they said; Long Live Rock!
No new rock genre since the '80's?! Ever heard of Grunge?
I would agree with you, however, that the rock landscape is best described as a wasteland. Think Nevada Test Site--a few outposts of civilization, but nothing but scorched earth beyond that.
Another movement will hit; it's inevitable. Some lucky schmuck(s) will be in the right place at the right time playing the right thing.
Exhibit # 2 :)
LOL...the Dead Milkmen - hadn't heard them since my skater days.
"You know something Stuart - I like you. You're not like the other people here in this trailer park."
There was some good music when I was in high school in the early 80s. Ronnie Dio was with Sabbath and Ozzie was doing well on his own. Richie Blackmore had just formed Rainbow. Pat Traverse was good. There was Judas Priest, Blue oyster cult, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, etc etc etc.
I scared the heck out of my wife yesterday by singing along to Mojo Nixon's "Elvis is Everywhere" and knowing all the words. :) (She didn't know me in the 80's)
A lot of the stuff I've been listening to have been from the UK. Some of them are Muse, Snow Patrol, Keane, and Bloc Party, whose album I got yesterday. It's a "refreshing" sound. The way I describe it is "punk with funk." It has the tempo and energy of punk, but the drums and bass make it "danceable." Of course, bands like Gang of Four and Joy Division did that almost 30 years ago, but it's better than most of the things I've heard recently.
>>has been faltering as of late<<
Yeah, as long as you define "late" as since about 1986 or so.
However, in fairness, so called mainstream stuff along many lines of music have been faltering for between 5 and perhaps 35 years.
Grunge isn't completely new, in my opinion. It has its roots in punk and metal.
Despite its political bent, Green Day's American Idiot is still very good.
I think Rock is back on the upswing now. There was a period where Korn, Limp Bizkit and Creed tried to destroy Rock but they were defeated. With bands like Audioslave, The White Stripes, The Vines etc Rock is better then it was a few years ago.
As a side note, I advise everyone who hasn't yet to check out the Drive By Truckers. They are my new favorite band.
And rock has its roots in blues.
Grunge, IMO, is a re-hash of '70's hard rock. The guitar playing style, the singer/songwriter-based bands, all scream '70's hard rock. And, yes, it's mixed with punk to give it all a new style.
"We asked for Mojo Nixon, they said 'He don't work here' - Said if you don't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixiiiiiin'" ~Punk Rock Girl
The Wife and I get a kick out of the VH1 digital channel that shows all the old 80's videos.
Of course - I can't break dance now like I could then...
These young people just don't rock anymore. Or don't know how to. But, listening to the old time rock and roll, it isn't so hot anymore either and can't compare with the original experience at the time.
Drive-By Truckers bump. They bring the ROCK like no one else these days.
There hasn't been any real rock for the past 15 years. Most new "rock" bands are just noise.
Hmmm, sounds a bit contradictory. I actually do like Greenday's sound. I could do without the idiot politics though. Shut up and sing.
I'm more concerned about the future of Southern Rock. The greats are getting older, and a few have passed on recently: Danny Joe Brown and Jakson Spires. Who will fill those shoes? Trucks is the only one I'm aware of. There has to be others.
I like Norah Jones, though she DEFINITELY isn't rock. She's a mix of jazz and country/western. I've seen her twice in concert, and she's GREAT.
DBT and Widespread Panic bump
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