THIS IS THE FUTURE - 30 years ago

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  1. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Just a little look back on what killed the radio star, leaving only the zombie of Clear Channel left on the waves:







    And of course:



    Yeah, synths are still around, obviously some cutting edges have dulled over the years but you can imagine the panic that corporate rock must have had at the time. "THIS is the future of music? OH noooooooooo!"

    So let's put it in context and not freak out so much about the future of popular music, especially during the NAMM season. The guitar's still here to stay (and by now has made peace with the synths and the samplers!)
     
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    I like New Order. I prefer Joy Division, but I do really enjoy New Order.
     
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    Synths and Samplers were around a major part of music long before the 80s and what happened from the 80s... The first Sampler, in a sense, was the Mellotron which had taped samples of real instruments.. Think 1967 and Nights In White Satin.... then all the Progressive Rock mellotron use...

    Synths were much the same story and the 60s into the 70s brought them into prominence. Todd Rundgren and others were trail blazing synths through the world-wide collective consciousness...

    Eventually of course, synths were even provided for guitars and midi made a difference. As far as Clear Channel in the USA... FM is what AM used to be. A distribution for industry music.. What FM used to be is now the internet, I guess. The internet as well may be a tail that is swinging too and fro and about to slap a few industries upside the head... a long time coming.

    Guitars, Synthesizers and Samplers have long been used together, even longer then many today... since before they were born. The music and musicians and bands have not faded away, nor gone away... The ol' music kept on truckin' and clear channel.. Heck, radio itself is not the end all and be all of it all... in fact radio, Clear Channel or not, is a shallow and narrow illustration of MUSIC and bands... Kids have elders turning them on to music of old and new that's cool and has nothing to do with radio or music videos etc... The internet helps them as well... Most all of which is NOT ON RADIO. The tail is hitting the Radio Star and the Video Stars.. they are falling stars and about to wake up from being whipped out of the Heavens.
     
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    I was so not into that stuff when I was a teen in the 80's.

    Ironically, the band I'm in plays this

    and I actually enjoy it! (but I'll dig almost anything with a horn section)
     
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    I don't think "corporate rock" (whatever that means) in this context, had panic. Probably a greasy glazed over smile of anticipated sales with indifference to the actual product.
    "So, this is what the kids are spending their allowance and grocery baggin' money on, huh. Go out and find me ten more of these bands while this crap is still steamin' 'cause soon as it's cold they'll have moved on to something else and we're not going to get any more hits out of Aerosmith!."
     
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    Yet many more hits indeed came out of Aerosmith.. go figure!

    What's up wit' Dat!!!?
     
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    Rock ain't dead! It just smells kinda funny.
     
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    It's called Patchouli. [​IMG] ... and Sandalwood... and Roses... and....
     
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    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    Even the future ain't what it used to be...
     
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    The 80's didn't do it for me, mostly because the masturbatory drumming sounded so lame, especially compared to the killer drummers of the 70's. However there were some catchy tunes and I got the humor of Devo.
     
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    Frankie says Relax
     
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    Where is Robocop? I'd buy THAT for a dollar!!!
     
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    I wish that Soft Cell and DEVO had been the future of music
     
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    :facepalm

    :mob

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    That's a great song and you know it!!!
     
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    Seriously, DEVO shouldn't even be in this category. They were @#$%ing visionary
     
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    Thank god I avoided all these bands in the '80's because now I'm going back and discovering a lot of good music that I shunned "back in the day". REM, the Cure, early Cult, the Smith's...my roomate would play these bands and I'd just turn my Dokken up louder! Love this alternative stuff now.
     
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    Ouch!

    That was painful to watch.
     

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