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What th...?!? Kids are listening to their parent's music?


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#1 of 21 Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted April 06 2004 - 12:23 AM

Did anyone catch this recent tidbit from USA Today? It seems a lot of kids think the music of their generation sucks. Maybe there is hope for the music business.

http://www.usatoday.....ock-kids_x.htm

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#2 of 21 Marc Colella

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Posted April 06 2004 - 12:57 AM

I was in highschool during the 80's, and although it wasn't my parents music - I clinged to the classic rock of the 70's to get me by the crap being played on the radio and MTV.

The downside now is that I can no longer listen to classic rock. Grown very tired of it.

This may be a boost for the music industry, but in the long run it won't help them. You can't expect people to keep going back to the arhvies... new music that interests people needs to be made.

The music industry's already been milking the classic rock genre with constant remasters and repackaging of hit songs into yet another Greatest Hits package. It's time for the music industry to move forward.

#3 of 21 Chu Gai

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Posted April 06 2004 - 01:23 AM

Yes, but it's a bit strange going into a supermarket or drugstore and hearing Neil Young or Dylan as shopping muzack.

#4 of 21 Tony Mirra

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Posted April 06 2004 - 01:25 AM

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It seems a lot of kids think the music of their generation sucks.


they're not looking hard enough.

#5 of 21 Mike Broadman

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Posted April 06 2004 - 02:02 AM

There is just so much music out there now and so many cliques and such that you can make a story about kids listening to anything. I remember reading about a major Klezmer music revival and they were talking about how young kids were involved, which is very cool, but I doubt you'll be seeing clarinets on MTV anytime soon.

The great thing about kids these days is that it seems, at least to me, that identifying one's status of coolness is no longer linked to music.

#6 of 21 Kevin C Brown

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Posted April 06 2004 - 12:41 PM

I remember when I first got into all this. I listened to what my Dad had, because it was available (and free). Still like all that stuff today, although I've added on to a lot of what I first listened to back then.
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#7 of 21 Lawrence X

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Posted April 06 2004 - 02:32 PM

Call me a deralect Dad, but I've exposed my 8 year olds to AudioSlave, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and others. They liked all of them, but went crazy with AudioSlave. For the last year though all they can listen to (2-5 hours a day) is Led Zeppelin - ever since the live CD's and DVD's were released.

Any thing non-Zeppelin is deeply scorned. Scary to think what they'll be listening to in 5 years - when they're 13.

#8 of 21 Doug_B

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Posted April 10 2004 - 03:33 AM

I agree that there's so much out there, from any time period. It's simply a matter of finding it. The big marketing music machines expose so little of it that it takes work to find all the good stuff. I admit to be one who is seriously underexposed to the vastness of what is available. Would be nice to have a friend who has everything Posted Image .

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I listened to what my Dad had, because it was available (and free).


Yea, picked up a Herb Alpert / Brass compilation not too long ago Posted Image .

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Posted April 10 2004 - 03:46 PM

Doesn't that just bring a smile to your face? Posted Image

Honestly, I've been on an older music kick lately. Most of the stuff I've been listening to has been from the early 80s to the mid 90s. Bands like Metallica, Slayer, Bad Religion, Nirvana, Green Day, Offspring, etc.

I like some newer music too, but the stuff I like is not extremely mainstream, like to the point where it would get played on regular MTV. However, some stuff I like gets on MTV2, but only during Headbangers Ball.
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#10 of 21 Ike

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Posted April 10 2004 - 05:58 PM

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they're not looking hard enough.

Yep. I have trouble keep up with all the good stuff coming out right now.


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Posted April 11 2004 - 03:58 AM

Don't get me started on these "they're not looking hard enough" nutcases. Some people are very detached from reality. Though when you look at the state of the world at the mo mayby being detached from reality is a good thing. Pass the doobie by me left hand side pleaze... Posted Image

#12 of 21 Christ Reynolds

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Posted April 14 2004 - 03:46 PM

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I have trouble keep up with all the good stuff coming out right now
funny, i have a hard time finding good stuff to listen to. there are a few bands that are still around that i love, but i have yet to find a band that equals the raw power and emotion of the who. i think the beatles were pretty special too. both these bands were bands that my parents grew up with (i'm 26). i should say my mother grew up with...my dad is the only person i ever knew who doesnt like music and never did. everyone has a favorite band or song, but i bet my dad couldnt even name the titles of three different songs. maybe stairway to heaven, because it is so famous. i always found that pretty strange.

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#13 of 21 Neil White

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Posted April 14 2004 - 04:11 PM

I play classic rock covers in a band and I hang out with many in the same business. Several of my friends have teenage kids who play guitar and drums and they are all in to Zeppelin and Hendrix and the like. I went to a party recently and we all did some jamming. The boys came along and played and it just warmed my heart to see them playing all the stuff we do and loving it. One of the teenagers also sang like Robert Plant.

The boys all had mop-tops too - looked just like The Beatles.

I've also noticed in the past few years families with teenage or even younger kids at concerts like The Who, The Eagles and Boston. The kids I could see were enjoying it - not forced to come along by their parents.

I realize the above is not necessarily a reflection of all youth right now but I am seeing a swing. More and more parents I talk to say their kids are digging into their music collections and playing Styx, Van Halen, Alice Cooper etc, etc. A great trend in my opinion.

I also agree it would be good to see decent new talent emerging rather than nothing but repackaging of old material. I'm all for it. Someone email me when it arrives please Posted Image

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Posted April 14 2004 - 04:43 PM

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The great thing about kids these days is that it seems, at least to me, that identifying one's status of coolness is no longer linked to music.


This is interesting to me... Could you expound on this further?

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#15 of 21 Ike

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Posted April 14 2004 - 06:57 PM

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funny, i have a hard time finding good stuff to listen to.

While I don't agree with their reviews often, Pitchfork adds 4-5 new album/EP reviews every weekday, and 3 singles reviews. Pitchfork mostly does indie stuff, everything from rock to rap to some modern sound composition stuff. They have a useful feature called Best New Music. There are tons of releases in there.


#16 of 21 Mike Broadman

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Posted April 15 2004 - 02:03 AM

Every so often some one starts a thread that's like: "I dig such-and-such music and I'm looking for something new along this line" or "I heard this song and it's called this" or "sounds like that" and "please help my identify it, what else sounds like it?" etc. Forums like these come up with a bazillion responses, recommendations, helpful tips, etc. That person inevitably comes back "Wow, now I have all this stuff to listen to!"

And of course there are those who actually try to expand their musical vocabulary be embracing jazz, accepting hip-hop as the musical voice of today's youth, or exploring classical music. These people then suffer the opposite problem- to much stuff to listen to.

#17 of 21 Rachael B

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Posted April 15 2004 - 03:12 AM

The article seems like a veiled ad for the old rock groups that the industry most wants kids to buy.
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#18 of 21 Brian L

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Posted April 15 2004 - 03:42 AM

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Not sure I am seeing an issue herePosted Image

When I was a kid, my folks listened to Polkas. For some odd reason, I do not look back fondly on Polka music (no offense to Polka buffs).

Older cousins introduced me to Zep and Deep Purple (we are talking 1970 or so), which I still listen to today (at age 43), and consider among the Gold Standard, along with the usual suspects (Beatles, Hendrix, Jeff Beck, The Who....).

When I hear critiques of classic rock, I would probably say, yeah, sure, I don't need to hear Stariway to Heaven or Smoke on the Water, ever again.

But I do want to hear The Wanton Song, Strange Kinda Women, The Real Me, When the Levee Breaks, and and other album cuts that you won't hear unless you own the discs.

To try to stay grounded in newer stuff, I listen to a variety of XM stations, including Unsigned. Lots of good stuff there, but among stuff that is commercially available, so much of it is so damn derivative that I just can't help wonder why anyone would get wood over a new Ryan Adams disc, or Jet, or the Vines, or (fill in the blank).

Just go back to the source, circa 1965 through perhaps 1978 or so.

That is what all these newer bands seem to be mining. Those bands may have been ripping off blues stuff from the '30's and 40's, but there was some genuine new stuff happening then.

Growing up, I always thought that I would never be of the opinion that the stuff I grew up with was the "good stuff" and everything else was crap.

Lately, I am having a real, real hard time not doing that. I guess part of it is that, when I hear something that is really, really out there, I tend to hate it for being really, really out there. But when I hear something thats a total rip of stuff that came before, I slam it for being derivative.

Oh well. I recently ripped the entire Zep catalog to my iPod. That should do me for a while, although I do in fact also have Ryan Adams, Jet, The Donnas, and The New Pornographers for when I feel charitble to newer music.

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#19 of 21 BrianB

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Posted April 15 2004 - 03:49 AM

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The New Pornographers for when I feel charitble to newer music

What the heck is wrong with the New Pornographers??
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#20 of 21 Brian L

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Posted April 15 2004 - 03:54 AM

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What the heck is wrong with the New Pornographers??


Nothing. Although I have not given them a fair listen as yet.

Just trying to show that I am not 100% blind to newer stuff. I should not have lumped them in with the others.

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