Post by sandy on Jun 9, 2020 9:50:41 GMT
I find it so interesting how people had such strong opinions of things like the Bee Gees Disco era at the time, or even the Beatles/Rolling Stones when they first came along. Even something like Bob Dylan going electric and having confrontational audiences the world over in 1966 seems utterly unfathomable to me, when you've got people like Niki Minaj or Lady Gaga topping the charts today in another music video where they wear practically nothing and mumble about being sexually perverse while at the same time speaking out against the sexual objectification of women and it all just seems like a huge act to me, with the music very much sitting in second place to the overall image. I think the reason BritPop happened in such a big way in the UK was because that music was real, and free of the imagery and fakery that had been brought out in the 1980s. But even then, most of us who didn't grow up with the Beatles realised that the Beatles were the key influence and most of the music of the 1960s, and it was still somehow just better than what the likes of Oasis, Coldplay and Blur were coming out with in the 1990s.
I'm not saying all new music is bad by any means, there's a lot that I enjoy. But there isn't the sheer quantity of it that there was in the 1960s. I think it quickly got watered down in the 1970s when a lot of people realised that there was money to be made from music, and the real exploitation of image started happening. I guess the 1960s had an overall innocence which is what people like so much about the music. Even though 99% of the artists were being screwed over by their record labels, they were all in the same boat and to a degree, none the wiser as to what was going on. The focus was on making the next new sound, the next big single, make it bigger, better and more memorable than the last one. Micky Most was right with his comment to the Hollies about remaining in their segment of the dartboard, but how great was it that so many artists in the 1960s refused to acknowledge that this ubiquitous dartboard even existed. It allowed the Beatles to evolve from the lightweight of 'From Me To You' or 'Love Me Do' to the artistry of 'Sgt. Pepper' in just five years, or the Who from 'Substitute' to 'Tommy' in a similar time frame. Even the Hollies went from 'Just One Look' to 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' in the same timeframe. It was a time for rapid growth and fast change, which must have been the most thrilling thing to be in the middle of. Not like today where you can wait for up to four years between albums now!
I also think that actually the music bag that has the most similarities at the moment, in terms of the immeadiacy, is the small sector, who are actually sitting in their bedrooms, singing and writing, and putting it out there without the ' machine' behind them. The sixties was probably the first generation to be able , relatively cheaply, to emulate their idols, by buying a cheap guitar and a tin drum.....as Allan says, they could all be Lonnie Donnigan. Before that, it was dance bands and crooners...not so easy to re create😉But now the guys can put stuff out there so easily, and build their own following, a bit like our guys used to at the Cavern, or Oasis.... except the new 'followers' can be in a bedroom anywhere in the world😉 So there is an awful lot going on that isn't part of the big machine.( A lot, of course is the black rap music scene, much of which is done in the same way) .And I think that brings for some, a new respect and connection to the very early sixties immediate sound.So the retro vibe grows.....