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  •  No Mention of Punk Rock? (3+ / 0-)
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    Dave925, Brown Thrasher, raboof

    When I was 16 Led Zeppelin reigned supreme.  I really got sick of them because they hogged the radio.  Worst were the horrible metal wannabes such as Foghat, Foreigner, etc. etc.

    1976 and 1977 were IT for me.  Patti Smith, Ramones, RICHARD HELL, and Sex Pistols are where it was at for me.  I also LOVED the underground hardcore punk explosion of the 80s, including Minor Threat, GI, BLACK FLAG, and others.  

    In the late 80s and early 90s, I loved the grunge scene: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.  It was then I learned to appreciate Led Zeppelin, because these Seattle working class folks were interpreting 70s metal through a more grassroots lens.  

    Between the mid-90s and today, I fell in love with the rave scene and electronic music, which really isn't rock music.

    I still find things to love in rock music.  Punk, a genre I thought might have expired by now, is as powerful as ever.  Look at Pussy Riot.  No, they're not virtuosos, but rock music is so easy to play, it's the attitude and the emotion that matters.  I love listening online to KEXP in Seattle.  The American Northwest produces as many great bands as ever, including The Learning Team, Verbex and The Thermals.  

    I've also explored rock music South of the Border.  Cafe Tecuba is like the Mexican Beatles, except that within one album, they also incorporate influences like New Order, Led Zeppelin and Mexican folk music.  There are great bands from every country in South and Central America.  I once did an exploration regarding Argentinian rock and learned that their punk and new wave scene helped bring down the murderous dictatorship in 1983.  I really believe that the Latin American world is doing its best to save rock music.  Interestingly, I've found myself singing along to Cafe Tecuba lyrics and learning some Spanish that way.  Fun stuff.  The vocals in these bands are some of the best in rock music, by the way.

    If you guys are still stuck in the 60s and 70s, I feel sorry for you.  

    •  To which I add (4+ / 0-)
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      Dave925, fabucat, Loge, raboof

      Talking Heads, Blondie, REM, Love Tractor, B-52's, Television dammit, Pere Ubu dammit, Mission of Burma. . .  all the artsy stuff, all the experimentation, all the refusal to write "Rumours II" or "Captain and Teneille" (SOW, Joy Division, who answered "Love Will Keep Us Together" with an infinitely better song).

      Since I'm experimental in my favor, I'm now a Mono listener (from Japan).

      Everyone is innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:08:01 AM PDT

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