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But 00's music is nothing new

  • By Jimeh
  • 13 October 2011

So often these days I hear people say they wish they were born in a musical era before now. Whether it be the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or even the early 90’s people just seem to want to be born in those magical times because ‘Music was so much better back then, everything these days is just crap!’
Now, in the most part I agree with this. The music produced back then is a lot better than 90% of the garbage thrown out these days, but unfortunately I don’t think there will ever be music as good as back then. Let me tell you one of the reasons why.

The Beatles are undeniably some of the most inspirational musicians to have ever lived. They changed the world of music forever and I very much doubt there will ever be a band or solo artist that impacts the world as much as they did. Even though there were bands before The Beatles, The Beatles made their music a huge success. You could even argue The Beatles Invented Rock And Roll. They were such a massive force and they accomplished so much that they would forever overshadow new music that follows them.

If I had £1 every time I heard a band be compared to The Beatles . . . you know the rest. But whom were the Beatles compared to when they first arrived?

In fact, who were any major band or artist in the last 40 years compared to?!

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Elton John , Queen , Pink Floyd, David Bowie. (You get my point the list could literally be endless!) Who were these people compared to when they first arrived, or did they all invent their own genre or sub-genre of music?

The main problem we have today is music hasn’t evolved substantially enough since the birth of rock and roll during the 50’s and 60’s, punk from the 70's or from pop during the late 80’s. Everything people do today has already been done. Whether it be rock and roll, pop music,punk,  hip hop, rap, classical, blues, jazz and any other genre of music there will always be the people who did it first and made it a success.  There was a quote supposedly from Lennon during an interview once in which he said, “Once a thing's been done it's been done, so while this nostalgia — I mean for the '60s and '70s, you know, looking backwards for inspiration, copying the past — how's that rock 'n' roll? Do something of your own. Start something new, you know? Live your lives now. Know what I mean?”

The point I’m trying to make here is that when you try to compare the bands from the past to the bands from the present, the bands from the past will always come out on top, simply because the bands today are just a reformatted version of them! No one has ‘invented’ a new sound so creative and new that it spawns an entirely new genre of music altogether, and I don’t think anyone ever will.
It’s hard to try and predict where music will go from here. Yes there are new additions to the musical genres every year with things like ‘Dubstep’ and such but will there ever be a new way of music that changes everything so dramatically once more?

Now this is only one theory I have (of many) on why music was so much better in the past than it is now. You might agree with it, you might not, but let us know why you think people constantly complain about the music we have today and why they can’t stop comparing it to things of the past?
I will be uploading some other theories in the weeks to come to make sure to check back for them!

Will we ever see a music revolution in our time like the ones started by these leg-ends???