Friday Pick Six - Random Observations and Middle Age Music

Friday, March 06, 2009

It's Friday. Time for pick six. Not a day goes by where I am not listening to music. At work. At home. In my car. When you hit the middle of your life you begin to realize not just how much popular music has been 'the sound track of your life' but also how much music you have consumed. It's about how trends have come and gone, but rock-n-roll always remains.

Today, the classic music industry I grew up with in the late 70's and 80's is fragmented and sometimes bereft of new ideas. At first I thought my feelings about the lack of new ideas in today's music was just me being a cranky old bastard, but I realized, I was probably exposed to more un-original crap in my formative music years then my kids.

Face it, unless you lived in a major music city in 1979 (Think San Francisco, New York, LA) it was highly unlikely that you would have run across many important bands in your local record store. This was especially true in small town America. If it wasn't played on Album Oriented FM or in the Billboard Hot 100, it wasn't at your record store.

So unless you had access to a real, independent, music store, your days were spent listening to a pretty homogeneous play-list. Today, however, it is entirely different. The net makes it so much easier to find new bands and support their music. My kids have grown up finding the music they like not by what the DJ plays, but through their friends and social networks.

It is becoming passe to declare the death of the music industry is nigh, but there is some truth to that. I don't think future bodes well for the big record company, but I have faith that the artist will live on.

Other Observations:
  • I am trying to back up my digital music library, and every time it gets to Smashmouth, the back up fails. I suspect this is a message from the ether, saying; 'Really? You haven't listened to these guys in like, what? Five years?... It's time to move on. They really weren't that good to begin with.'
  • Are The Clash the band U2 wishes they were? I don't think so. But, there is no doubt that Bono is tremendously influenced by those guys. Every time I listen to 'Give Em Enough Rope' or 'London Calling', I am seventeen again. Or so my wife tells me. Early Tom Petty has the same affect on me.
  • Okay. Friday Pick Six. All U2? All Clash? All Proto pop punk from 1991-1994? A look at how grunge was influenced by the 70's punk and new wave invasion? hmmm...
Friday Pick Six - My Alternatives 1978-1983
  1. Alison - Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True (1977 - UK, 1978 - US)
  2. Danny Says - The Ramones, End Of The Century (1980)
  3. Train In Vain - The Clash, London Calling (1979 - UK, 1980 - US)
  4. New Years Day - U2, War (1983)
  5. Message In A Bottle - The Police, Regatta De Blanc (1979)
  6. Another World - Joe Jackson, Night and Day (1982)

Elvis Costello - Alison (Live) Woodstock 1999

The Clash - Train In Vain (Live)

U2 - New Years Day (Live)

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