Modern Music Rock Rot

Whenever I’m out driving and I listen to Modern Rock Radio one band always catches my ear; The Foo Fighters. I told my son one day when they came on and after I asked him who it was, “I think I like the Foo Fighters.”

“I like to listen to them in the car,” he said, “but I don’t think I’d download their album.”

I agreed with him and then thought about why that is. The Foo Fighters have good dynamics in their music, unlike most bands these days, the vocals are good and the melodies are catchy so what’s the problem? I think it’s because every song, no matter how pretty it may begin, ends up in a screamfest.

When I was a kid my parents would listen to The Beatles’ Twist and Shout or Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love and say, “That’s not singing, that’s just screaming.” So am I just old now and saying the same thing my folks said to me?

I don’t think the problem with a lot of modern rock for me is the fact that the vocalist screams his lyrics, John Lennon really did scream Twist and Shout and Robert Plant really did scream a lot, but not on every song that got radio play. Mostly I think the difference is in the attitude. When John Lennon screamed out a Beatle song he screamed in joyous exuberance. Although, later in his solo career on songs like Cold Turkey his screams seemed in anguish, on the Beatles material he and McCartney’s screams were screams of excitement and that’s exactly the reaction they caused in the listener. By contrast, when Dave Grohl, or Chris Cornell or most of the modern rockers and Heavy Metal singers scream it seems as if in a blind rage, against the machine or otherwise. The screams of people riding a roller coaster gives you a very different feeling than hearing the screams of people rioting in the streets. One is inviting and makes you excited to join in the fun and the other makes you want to run away, at least if you don’t have that kind of pent up rage within you yourself.

I can enjoy listening to a band like the Foo Fighters when I’m out driving around but they’re not something I could listen to late at night with my headphones on when in bed. Again, it’s not the volume or intensity that pushes me away, it’s the emotion behind it. Where are the joyous, happy songs that have that kind of energy anymore?

Back in the Eighties the members of the band The Pet Shop Boys were producing a record by Liza Minnelli, of all people, and reportedly told her during a video shoot, “For God’s sake, don’t smile. This is Rock & Roll.” What the hell? Where did that tradition come from? Why didn’t anyone tell Elvis or Chuck Berry or Little Richard or John Lennon or Paul McCartney not to smile?

Rock and roll is an art form and art reflects the world in which it is made. If anger, rage and depression are the only acceptable expressions of rock and roll for the past thirty years it’s no wonder we’re in so much trouble. Perhaps a good remedy to at least some of our national woes would be to once again utilize rock and roll music as a form to express joy, peace and love, like it once was. It could be a new start.

Know About Your Rock Stars Anytime

For a true fan in the indie rock music industry, there is no greater accomplishment than finding a group that you know will succeed in the future. Recognizing what a band requires in order to be successful in this increasingly competitive market is a feeling created from having enough knowledge of the music industry. When an unknown band that you support finds success in a large scale atmosphere you build a sense of unity with the band for having known it at such an early stage. This building of fandom represents the ultimate form of band support and can often lead to recognition from the band itself who is often aware of the fans that support them at such an early phase.

Many indie rock music fans have had limited opportunities in finding this level of fandom due to the demands related to it such as found in following a band around or following the online fad of musical groups in communication outlets such as MySpace or Facebook. The limited atmosphere of the local racet and the generic production of large venues often drain the pure indie rock music fan of the best new music in the industry. To discover the best new indie bands at the beginning of their growth opportunities look toward the internet and the sites dedicated to these bands. Here the fans of indie rock music can look worldwide at the newest introductions on the rock circuit. With these online sites a fan can listen to free music and make decisions on the latest indie rock music through voting in their online competitions.

In addition to listening and taking part in judging the next level of indie rock music, fans have the opportunity to view performances online. Fans of indie rock music have the opportunity with the online environment to find the best new indie bands from across the globe and support them in their goal to achieve stardom. The internet helps to remove the restrictions of physical borders by allowing a person to view the performances of their favorite new bands. A fan also has the chance to see the future gigs of these new indie bands by learning when the band will have future gigs in their area.

A fan is defined through the various impacts they have on the band that they support. For a large successful band this is most commonly displayed through record sales and sold out concerts as they cater to the fan masses. For the smaller band every fan is an individual and support is generated through supporting the band online and occasionally buying their goods through music downloads and clothing sales. These sites often recognize the importance of the small band indie rock music fan and supports them in their efforts to support the music. Fans often are recognized on these sites as TOP 10 FANS for those individuals who regularly participate in online events including the online competitions. Earning points through voting and earning points with the band products you purchase are only a few ways you can earn rewards and make it to the top ten..

More Information About the Rock Beat

I have read that the Beatles said that the name Beatles intentionally has within it the spelling of the word beat. They sang a song, written by Chuck Berry, called “Rock and Roll Music.” In the chorus John Lennon sang about rock and roll music and that, “its got a back beat…” This is part of a series of articles investigating the rock-n-roll backbeat.

There is an old book from 1970, entitled “The Enjoyment of Music,” in which Joseph Machlis covered the musical subject of rhythm. He explained that a song, in its rhythm, usually has “accented or strong beats” among the regular beats. He wrote that syncopation (a term for the rock beat) is a “deliberate upsetting of the normal accent” where “the accent is shifted to the weak beat of off-beat.” Hence, the term back beat. Rock musicians and drummers know that this is true.

Michael Jackson has been on our minds off and on recently. A short newspaper article, dated February 11, 1993, was circulated by the Associated Press. It was from an exclusive interview that Oprah had with Michael. The article covers two subjects: his skin color changes and the grabbing of his private parts while singing and dancing in his concerts. The response he gave to Oprah, about why he did that, would have taken me by surprise if I had not seen what many other rock and rollers said, too. He said that the beat had a “subliminal” effect on him, that he was “a slave to the beat,” implying that he could not help himself. That was quite a statement if you are thinking about the beat itself.