Is this the first generation where mainstream music is more vanilla than the prior generation?

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  1. LeicaBoss

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    I think we can point to specific examples in any time period to support either side of the argument. At the same time, If you analyze top 40 songs at any given time and thought about it in terms of averages - I could only imagine complexity decreasing in terms of lyrics, vocabulary, rhythm, harmony, etc pretty steadily over the last 80 years or so
     
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    No, there were a couple of time periods where the mainstream went heavily into soft rock type of things and or folky stuff. The Bad Boys of Rock were not at the top. Late 70's and 90's IIRC.
    Late 70s: The industry sent Chicago etc into real Muzac style. Air Supply, Phil Collins etc.
    90's: think Sarah Mclachlan, Brittany Spears, Bjork, Beck etc.
     
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    Yeah, yeah, yeah.
     
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    Yep, "popular" (as in what is/was currently popular) music hit it's high point of sophistication somewhere in the forties, and it's been downhill ever since.

    I truly do believe this.
     
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    So I didn't read all five pages, but has nobody pointed out that Primus, Wutang and Slayer weren't exactly mainstream?
     
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    I like chubby checker, and without Neil Sedaka you probably wouldn't have 10cc and "I'm not in love" and Guardians of the galaxy would be a different movie altogether.
     
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    and freddy cannon gave us

    :cool:
     
  11. magicfingers99

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    its been a long, long time..


     
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    My dad hates Bing, he says he just never got what the fuss was about, and he considers him a one-trick pony.

    I think for my dad, Bing is like Beiber is to you guys :)
     
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    he just needs context, have him watch "the big broadcast of 1932"
    its all explained...

    plus the mills brothers and kickin the gong around...



    I'm not a huge bing fan, but its a funny movie and it does show Bing when he was just starting to break big..

    he predated me, but if one doesn't understand history, one cannot hope to understand the present..
     
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    Not vanilla...it's strawberry PINK.
     
  16. blowtorch

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    during the forties, even the hillbilly music was advanced and sophisticated
     
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    great video, an empire was lost, when you compare this world to that...

    how did we come to this?
     
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    sorta depends on your zip code...
     
  19. blowtorch

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    I know. :( Think of the music, the architecture, the car design...the way people were pulling together for the common good with things like rationing and victory gardens... compare it all to what we have now
     
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    When my dad was in the USAAF in WWII he told me of a cross-country troop train trip. The guys had two records - White Christmas and San Antonio Rose - both by Bing Crosby, which were played over and over again. My father hated both songs and Crosby after that experience.
     
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