Skip to comments.It may be time to give up on music genres
Posted on 12/03/2023 12:31:19 PM PST by Squawk 8888
If you’re of a certain vintage, you’ll remember how inflexibly tribal music fans used to be. If you were, say, an alternative kid, you wouldn’t dream of listening to anything the rock kids were. It just wasn’t done.
Admitting you liked the odd Black Sabbath or Van Halen song risked jeopardizing your relationship with the other alt kids. And because you were already known as someone who preferred Joy Division over Judas Priest, the rockers would have nothing to do with you. Might as well go die on an iceberg somewhere.
There are still silos among music fans, but they’re nowhere near as rigidly peer-reviewed and enforced. In fact, I can’t remember ever seeing this much fluidity when it comes to music preferences.
I started to notice this several years ago when I did some guest lecturing on Canadian music history at Toronto’s Humber College. To get a better idea of who I was talking to, I asked all the 20-somethings in the class to recite the last five songs they played on their phones. It was illuminating.
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“Tribal Music” isn’t conducive to maximum profits is one way to put it.
What’s wrong with Tribal Music?
I’m just the opposite. I can’t fathom people with such a myopic approach to life.
I gave up long ago, even before Dolly Parton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I dunno. I dabbled in a great many tribes back in the 70s and 80s. Didn’t seem like a big deal to switch from one thing to another. But what I liked is that you tended to have a basic understanding for where one group fit in relation to another. The band Yes? Progressive. King Crimson? Also Progressive. Sex Pistols? Punk. Blondie? New Wave. Donna Summer? Disco.
Today, the stuff on the radio just seems like “radio music”.
Today, whenever I hear any current music, unless it is salsa music at the Mexican grocery store, it sounds either like whining or cats fighting.
I should also say I was at the Stones concert in Zilker Park in Austin when after the break they came out and in honor of “Mick’s good friend Waylon Jennings” played the song “Let’s go to Lukenback Texas”. What made it even funnier was it appeared like everyone on stage was drunk.
Country Singer Glenn Campbell did studio work on the guitar for his friend Alice Cooper. CCM guitarist Phil Keggy is friends with Paul McCarty.
So genre blending as been going on a long time.
“magic of multi-tracking, overdubs and ever more sophisticated outboard processing”
AI was born quite awhile ago.
I didn’t move outside of those albums until I went to Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas 9/2019. I heard the Tedeschi Trucks band for the first time…wow!
That's because there are only two kinds of music, good and bad. There is good and bad music in all genres except rap which just universal ear poison and really isn't music at all.
As I got bit older, from a distance I’d watch these people turn into zombies and in unison go ape sh*t cuckoo at concerts, screaming, drug themselves into stupors and do all kinds of weird stuff...Then I thought, wait a minute, all these people are doing the big chicken over sound...Like a pied piper came along and suddenly all these people allowed this “Sound” to take them away, (pun intended) sometimes for good. It’s just noise, some of which sounds like the inside of a machine shop.
I’ve listened to all types of music, but now I only like the music that’s playing in Middle Eastern/Indian taxis in the movies.
“That’s because there are only two kinds of music, good and bad. There is good and bad music in all genres except rap which just universal ear poison and really isn’t music at all. “
Nailed it, IMHO.
” rap which just universal ear poison and really isn’t music “
So true. I also have that opinion of jazz.
You mean Blondie ain’t punk? (Think songs like “Detroit 442”)
You missed a lot of good years. I saw Derek when he was The Derek Trucks Bank, and saw Susan warm up solo for John Prine. This before they got married, obviously.
I’ve probably see TDTB or TTTB a dozen or more times. Love them.
Blondie did rap, reggae, all kinds of stuff. Very versatile band. I disagree with the author’s basic premise that most people were locked into “one thing”. My recollection is that most people like a variety of things and that bands could shift from one genre to another. But genres were basically recognizable and distinguishable. For me, today, the commercial music all sounds equally bad.
Oh, and that’s besides seeing Derek play with TABB, with Gregg and Warren et al.
My YMCA plays “SiriusXM:Classic Vinyl” in the weight room, stopped bringing my iPod. I still enjoy the music I grew up with. Maybe that’s why the kids have a wider range of likes, so much more available to them.
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