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Old 05-05-2009, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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They've been around since at least the early '90s. The last album they put out was excellent. They even covered an old Merle Haggard tune! Great stuff.
Social Distortion has been around for a LONG time! I remember seeing them at the old Vegas World casino (now the Stratosphere) back in 1982!!! My friends and I loved a song they had out at the time called "Telling Them".

As for the topic at hand. It might be more extreme today, but there has always been a lot of garbage for the entire history of popular music. But I actually have fond memories of some songs from the past that would be widely considered junk. It's not all meant to be art. Sometimes the most commercial, disposable music can be fun to sing along with.
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for-B Marley
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I dont like any popular music that has come out in the past 30 years really. And Im only 27!

I think that the music now is really so bad. While I am a country and western music fan, country music is trash now. Nashville doesnt mean anything anymore.

Rock music is even worse. There's no Rock Band I appreciate , except perhaps The Killers.

And I dont even hear any genuine Pop music anymore.

I wish we could go back to the 50s and early 60s when they had great Rock n' Roll and Pop music and Country Music meant something.

Now its all just meaningless fodder.

So, that being, said, I mostly only listen to independent or small label artists. For Country, I like Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, and occasionally the Mavericks.

For Rock its The Killers- although they have gotten a bit too mainstream these days, they still make great music.

For Pop I just dont know if it even exists anymore, but I like oldies like Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley.
Hmmm If you had said beyond the 90s I might agree with you. Now I just think you're missing a lot of great music. 90s was my least favorite decade for music but there's some good. The 80s was not the best, but very diverse and great let-your-hair-down fun. The 70s and 60s were the absolute greatest. The radio can take anything good and drive it into the ground, make it sound bad. I don't like radio at all. I'm on imeem and I have thousands of songs from mainly the 60s to the 90s with a few from 2000-'01 or so. Country, I don't like much past the 80s. Most music needs a patient and objective ear. It's very rare you like something the first time you hear it.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:10 AM
 
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Default Injured animal or Tremolo???

Okay, I'm going to tick off some people, I think. But I have to say, I have been an open minded music lover forever. I may not buy the album, but I don't put it down if it has merit. But please tell me, was it Beyonce who started this high pitched endless wailing tremolo thing that every female R&B soloist is copying now? This is a hideous sound. When I hear it in a store, I have to leave. I can't even concentrate enough to stay on track with my grocery list. It just pains me, honestly. It's agonizing. The sound is similar to an animal who is in pain. I have tried to listen to this music, but I just can not. My instinct to turn it off is as immediate as my instinct would be to get up after sitting on an ant hill. And the tremolo at the end of every phrase........it goes on ....and on......and on............breathlessly. I suppose this voice athletics is considered musical today. Everybody oohs and ahhhs over all the mimics on Idol and Got Talent who try to do the same sound. The kiddie "prodigy" performers are even mimicing the sound.......and holding the marathon time before breathing. I used to love Motown. And I loved all the old R&B music, too. But what is this sound ???? This is why I turned to country music.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Okay, I'm going to tick off some people, I think. But I have to say, I have been an open minded music lover forever. I may not buy the album, but I don't put it down if it has merit. But please tell me, was it Beyonce who started this high pitched endless wailing tremolo thing that every female R&B soloist is copying now? This is a hideous sound. When I hear it in a store, I have to leave. I can't even concentrate enough to stay on track with my grocery list. It just pains me, honestly. It's agonizing. The sound is similar to an animal who is in pain. I have tried to listen to this music, but I just can not. My instinct to turn it off is as immediate as my instinct would be to get up after sitting on an ant hill. And the tremolo at the end of every phrase........it goes on ....and on......and on............breathlessly. I suppose this voice athletics is considered musical today. Everybody oohs and ahhhs over all the mimics on Idol and Got Talent who try to do the same sound. The kiddie "prodigy" performers are even mimicing the sound.......and holding the marathon time before breathing. I used to love Motown. And I loved all the old R&B music, too. But what is this sound ???? This is why I turned to country music.
Actually, I thought it was Mariah Carey..."you got me feeling emotion..."
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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This was out in the past ten years, I think...after 2004 anyhow.


YouTube - Hoobastank - The Reason
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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That UTube video says embedding disabled by request...so I don't know what it is....but TKramer is probably right !!! Mariah Carey probably started it all. You know, I think what happened was she dropped out of sight for a long time, and she was able to make a big comeback by imitating the new "shrill" sounds of Destiny's child, et al.

When she changed her style to be more young, hip and awful, she started selling platinums again.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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That UTube video says embedding disabled by request...so I don't know what it is....but TKramer is probably right !!! Mariah Carey probably started it all. You know, I think what happened was she dropped out of sight for a long time, and she was able to make a big comeback by imitating the new "shrill" sounds of Destiny's child, et al.

When she changed her style to be more young, hip and awful, she started selling platinums again.
I see that now...but you can click the link to pull up the song.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Yes. Most of it. Talent and originality no longer seem the primary features of making it big in the music ( and film) industry.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:07 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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I think that almost everyone gets to a point when they say, "Music today is junk! Not like when I was a kid!" It's a generational thing and part of getting older.

When I work from home, as I often do, I play videos on YouTube just for the music. I started out listening to Fleetwood Mac ("Go Your Own Way"), inspired by some comments on the Relationship forum and moved on to Dire Straits and Supertramp. I wanted to hear "Give a Little Bit" and found this video:


YouTube - Roger Hodgson - Give A Little Bit - Supertramp

I don't watch American Idol. I saw one episode like six years ago, and never has it taken so long to do so little. It took an hour to eliminate one person. Every few minutes was more commercials, or cheesy, tearful montages of "How much this opportunity means to meeeeeeeee." I'm sorry if this offends American Idol fans--and I know there are a lot of you out there--but how you can stand to watch that hackneyed crap is beyond me.

Anyway. Listen to the difference between Roger Hodgson's voice, that clear, inimitable sound, and the generic voices of all the American Idol kids. One of the comments refers to them as the Brady Bunch, and it fits. They could be singing a jingle for a commercial. Who cares if you are pretty and can carry a tune? Some of the finest rock stars of all time are butt-ugly.


YouTube - Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (From "Live At Knebworth" DVD)

A famous guitar riff that everyone knows. Everyone knows this song. I love the way the crowd screams with pleasure when they realize what Knopfler is about to play. Compare that to music now ... a singer might play the guitar or piano a little, but they mostly seem to sing and dance. Where are the guitar solos, the drums, the jam sessions?

Metallica's new stuff sucks, too.

I do like some "modern" pop and fully admit to working out to Lady Gaga ("Poker Face" is excellent for cardio). I sing along with Muse and Silversun Pickups, but it's not the same. Music can transport us and make us feel things. Today's music doesn't make me feel the things I used to feel. Whenever I hear this song, I swear I could run for miles.


YouTube - The Cult - She Sells sanctuary (Long Version)

I feel like an old fogey.

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Old 05-12-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Lady Gaga.
Wrong, dude. People only like her singles but don't give a damn about her image (except call it "original", which shows how stupid they are if they don't know squat about post-modernism). She can actually sing and the electro-pop music she creates is ****ing catchy while not just having one simple beat and melody, unlike a majority of music nowadays.

Unfortunately, today's music for the sheep (who DEFINITELY NEED TO BE LED TO THE SLAUGHTER) is all about "party time", so it explains why a lot of it is garbage.
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