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So where did all the fun go?


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Ok, since I finally got digital cable I've been listening to the music only channels a lot lately. I've been checking out most of the rock channels, a lot of modern rock, classic rock, and one channel they call arena rock which plays a lot of semi-older stuff from hair bands, metal bands, a real cool mix actually. What I am finding is that so much of the older 80's rock is SO much more fun to listen to, since the music is geared around fun. The newer stuff is so serious and dry by comparison. It's no wonder so many cover bands do so well playing the old hair band and 80's music. I'm just wondering what happened to party rock, do any newer bands care about the fun any more?

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...and when is the last time you heard a really great lead solo?
:mad:

 

Exactly! I was also listening to some old songs from White Lion. Holy crap could Vito rip! Perfectly musical, highly skilled technical, and totally kick ass playing.

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While I dont want to harken back to the 8th and quarter-note root basslines of the 80s, nor the self-absorbed penis-driven drivel that were passed off as lyrics, I do miss the fun as well.

 

I agree that today's music is too introspective and short on instrumental excellence.

 

That's why Ska and the fun punk of the mid-90s were so HUGE - it was OK to have fun and rock out once again! There was an underlying tone in the ska-punk bands of enjoy yourselves and throw a party, not dissimilar to the 80's, only without the wankeriffic lameness that was ...Britny Fox, Poison, Firehouse, Great White...andy any other band that made reference to what gear was being played (my Les Paul's beat?).

 

fun today is frowned upon because all that gets released is hokey or marketed to be when its not, Like Barenaked Ladies; they were intelligent, fun and quirky. A nice mix IMO.

 

Yoko Ono by BNL:

If there's someone you can live without,

then do so.

And if there's someone you can just shove out;

do so.

 

[Chorus]

You can be my Yoko Ono

You can follow me wherever I go

Be my, be my,

Be my Yoko Ono.

 

Isn't it beautiful to see two people so much in love?

Barenaked as two virgins hand in hand and hand and hand in glove.

Now that I'm far away it doesn't seem to me to be such a pain.

To have you hanging off my ankle like some kind of ball and chain.

 

[Chorus]

 

Oh no, here we go, our life is just one big pun.

Oh no, here we go as Yoko sings

Aieee!

 

I know that when I say this,

I may be stepping on pins and needles;

But I don't like all these people

slagging her for breaking up the Beatles.

(Don't blame it on Yokey)

if I was John and you were Yoko,

I would gladly give up musical genius,

just to have you as my very own, personal Venus.

(Hit it)

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Over 60% of my current bands material is from the 80s, but not the rock side....Instead, we do Duran Duran,The Fixx, Ready For The World, Gap Band, The Cars, Soft Cell, Fine Young Cannibals, Cameo, The Time, Modern English, ABC, Depeche Mode, Information Society, INXS, etc You get the picture.... Even the young ones (the 21 - 26 year olds) all get up and dance and party with us. Our music is all about fun and its amazing how playing that kind of music can liven up a place :D:thu::thu:

 

...Im also the keyboard player in this band: lots of fun keyboard tunes ! :thu:

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Agreed 100%. This is why I stopped playing hard rock and started playing funk, reggae, and upbeat rock.

 

Every metal or hard rock show I go to, everyone in the crowd stands there and watches with a scowl on their face, their arms crossed, and they maybe nod their head a little bit. It's almost like it's an antagonistic audience. When we play our tunes, the people that aren't dancing are at least smiling. We made a rule that we aren't writing any negative, emotional, or introspective lyrics. We're there to have fun, not pour our hearts out.

C7

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Over 60% of my current bands material is from the 80s, but not the rock side....Instead, we do Duran Duran,The Fixx, Ready For The World, Gap Band, The Cars, Soft Cell, Fine Young Cannibals, Cameo, The Time, Modern English, ABC, Depeche Mode, Information Society, INXS, etc You get the picture....

NO i don't get the picture, it doesn't make any sense...

 

60% of your music is from the 80's...OK

but not the Rock side...OK

"Instead", you do Duran Duran, The Fixx, RFTW, Gap, The Cars...etc, etc...

every band you mentioned is from the 80's and Rock

So, NO i don't get the picture. :freak:

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I just rented a car with Sirius radio and jammed the Hair-rock nation station the whole 2400 miles! (Channel 24)

Good times man.Cant go wrong with sex-drugs and rocknroll!:thu:

Yeah, I'm an 80's hair-rock guy, get over it. I had to go in the dark in the early to mid 90's. :eek:

I do think its coming back around again.............

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NO i don't get the picture, it doesn't make any sense...


60% of your music is from the 80's...OK

but not the Rock side...OK

"Instead", you do Duran Duran, The Fixx, RFTW, Gap, The Cars...etc, etc...

every band you mentioned is from the 80's and Rock

So, NO i don't get the picture.
:freak:

 

There are lots of people that wouldn't consider that "rock" music. Certainly "pop" and potentially other classifications, but not rock. This is why I get confused all the time and end up with very few labels to describe music. Good and bad seem to be the most applicable. :thu:

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IMO there is nothing new and fun ...it's all either new and no fun, or re-hashed fun. The last band to change things in a big universal scale was Nirvana. I'm saying they were absolutely original but they really put the final nail in the coffin of the 80's ( as started by bands like Metallica) and kids all over the world suddenly all went grunge. I like Green Day - not a huge fan, but I think they're ok, but there are SO many Green Day clone bands (sound and look) ...I think most record producers these days should re-title themselves 'record prostitutes' ....the music is so bland but will get recorded and a big budget clip done and huge sales made...I don't understand it, I really don't.

 

These are my opinions and observations, I'm not saying I'm right, but it's what I think after a solid 30 years of listening

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NO i don't get the picture, it doesn't make any sense...


60% of your music is from the 80's...OK

but not the Rock side...OK

"Instead", you do Duran Duran, The Fixx, RFTW, Gap, The Cars...etc, etc...

every band you mentioned is from the 80's and Rock

So, NO i don't get the picture.
:freak:

 

 

Personally, I wouldn't call the Gap Band, Soft Cell, The Time, and Ready For The World rock, but to each his own.....but if you want me to clarify the picture: We cover the new wave-ish, synth-pop, dance-oriented, funk pop, euro-pop, guitars-without-pointy-headstocks, synth-oriented, NON-hairband-except - maybe-a -little -bit-of-Jeri Curl, "Holy Crap - I can do both The Moonwalk and The Running Man to this {censored}!" side of the 80s.

 

Clear enough? :D

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Agreed 100%. This is why I stopped playing hard rock and started playing funk, reggae, and upbeat rock.


Every metal or hard rock show I go to, everyone in the crowd stands there and watches with a scowl on their face, their arms crossed, and they maybe nod their head a little bit. It's almost like it's an antagonistic audience. When we play our tunes, the people that aren't dancing are at least smiling. We made a rule that we aren't writing any negative, emotional, or introspective lyrics. We're there to have fun, not pour our hearts out.

C7

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alPFV9rR4wc

 

 

 

You guys need to discover Power Metal! It's all about fun, tounge in cheek and not taking yourself seriously. Singing along is non-negotiable.

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How many of you were around during the eighties? All anyone did back then was complain about how it wasn't like it used to be, and how rock was dead, and music wasn't fun anymore.


I guess things don't change.

 

 

ha- I was around back then. What you are saying is true but for me, compared to the last two decades, there is no comparison................

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