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5079 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 03 May 2013 at 7:51 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-05-03 09:39:16 PM  
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red5ish: I predict the zither will become the backbone of the next musical revolution.
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2013-05-03 07:58:45 PM  
4 votes:
Freedom rock definitely isn't.  Turn it up, man!
2013-05-03 08:38:02 PM  
3 votes:
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2013-05-03 08:20:28 PM  
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Popular music has been on the wane since 1974, the year of the first Bad Company release.

You see, poor live performances by the likes of Chuck Berry and even Jerry Lee Lewis are destroying the music they allege to celebrate. And tests show that a Beach Boys concert is a very sad thing. This, coupled with the growing interest in ethnic music, has undermined the support base of the music that you and your friends love.
2013-05-03 07:54:04 PM  
3 votes:
Guitar rock was bit by a spider.
2013-05-03 11:32:27 PM  
2 votes:
Yes Subby, guitar rock is dying. It's easy to understand why. Let me explain.

Say you have 12 beer....

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/of course it's not dying. As long as teenage boys realize that the females of their peer group are more willing to have sex with them if they play for them, the guitar will survive.
2013-05-03 09:48:54 PM  
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TommyymmoT: red5ish: I predict the zither will become the backbone of the next musical revolution.
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2013-05-03 08:41:05 PM  
2 votes:
Time to break out the lost Page riff.
2013-05-03 08:06:33 PM  
2 votes:
As long as there are white people, no
2013-05-03 07:53:17 PM  
2 votes:
The only musical genre I listen to is whatever iCarly plays.
2013-05-04 12:47:42 PM  
1 vote:
Don't worry, last time it happened DGC Records invented grunge
2013-05-04 12:39:45 PM  
1 vote:

ZeroCorpse: Heavy Metal is angry, childish noise for adolescent boys and men who are hanging onto their youth.

Pop is mechanically-separated, sugar-coated piss in the ears of the mundane audience that adores it.

Hip-Hop is stolen rock and electronica licks with incredibly dumb, marble-mouthed idiots shouting vain obscenities over it.

Dubstep is the noise a synthesizer makes when you beat it with a rock and then flip the arpeggio on "auto loop" for fifteen minutes.

Country is steel guitars and drums playing the same blues riff while a redneck whines about his dog, girl, truck, or politics.

Acid Jazz is what happens when you throw a jazz band into a meat grinder connected to an amp.

Blues is one song with different words.

J-Pop is one song with different-but-similar words.

Modern R&B is the auto-tuned advertising jingle for the town harlot.

Classical is old white guys playing scales on ancient instruments for three hours.

Everybody knows the only real music is New Age.

/Everyone's music sucks.
//Kanye West's most of all.

I don't think I could be this old man if I tried.  Bravo sir.

No kid wants to hear a boring vocal/guitar/bass/drum setup band like their parents were listening to 20 years ago.  And what kids like is cool because kids are idiots and spend all their money on music.

We did a lot with the guitar.  It was UBIQUITOUS.  You couldn't have a "rock band" without a guitar, it was unthinkable.  The fact that other non-guitar based bands can now become popular does not mean the guitar is dead anymore than white people are extinct due to more minorities.  Get over it, and stop worrying that the sky is falling and young people like something different (mostly for different's sake!)
2013-05-04 08:55:18 AM  
1 vote:
It's not dead, it's just gone fishing with Les Claypool.
2013-05-04 04:24:45 AM  
1 vote:
Manny s people have forgotten the tradition of the independent guitar store. Musicians once had to have a row every time they were looking for an instrument. Now for the ate street is nearly baren. It's sad watching all tat turn to ash before your very eyes. Guitars were once everywhere like a Colony surrounded by the brill iant building of tin pans alley. Now it's rude e alone to sell the axis. The rocker has only one old stairway left  to what was Once his or her idea of heaven. It would be cool if someone understood that lost tradition. I bet if someone were to put in enough effort you could even do an show with just one old, broken, bass ic guitar that was so beloved even to most famous payers in the world (or any baas playing maniac) would literally wait on line on stage for a turn to play. no fretting just fend her jazz with the kind of cones and ten inches aluminum that show quite clearly the doom we all face but you cant just see thru a window anymore. Even the harmonie are artificial. the cabinet are missing now. It would ould be cool if that kind of show happened.
2013-05-04 02:27:37 AM  
1 vote:

kab: Birnone: Guitar rock had its time and that time is over.   Popular music, as in music that sells, hasn't been based on guitar performance for a long time now.   The stuff people are pointing to(BRMC and the like) are obscure niche acts in the big picture.

If you were to name the most influential rock guitar players, you'll notice that once you get past Eddie Van Halen the pickings are really slim.   He hit the scene over 30 years ago.  Oh, I'm sure you can name your favorite, and very talented, innovators from the last 15 or 20 years, but they are influencing no one of any relevance.  It's not influential when the only people hearing it and being influenced by it are people within that particular subculture.

Not sure I agree with this at all.  Musical influence rarely has much to do with popularity, though the two can indeed coincide.  John McLaughlin, for example, is a pretty big influence to folks who are considered "good" today, and it's more than likely that all of his career has flown under the radar of popularity.

And relevance in music is a pointless topic to begin with.

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2013-05-04 02:03:12 AM  
1 vote:
Whenever I turn on the modern rock station, it's just generic meh riffs. Nothing memorable.
What happened to all the great riff makers of the 60's 70's and 80's? Has the knowledge not been passed down?
2013-05-03 09:59:05 PM  
1 vote:
When I think of "guitar rock" I think of really terrible bands like Pearl Jam, STP, Nickelback and that whole crop of terrible pop groups from the late 90s like Seven Mary Three or that band that did that Cumbersome song.

So no, I don't think bland guitar-driven "rock" is going away any time soon as long as there are ball caps to rock backwards, lite beer to chug and WOOOOOOS to WOOOOOOOO!

Conversely, I think that bands have gotten better at writing music that uses guitars. So it's an even tradeoff- the pendulum of ROCK! swings back and forth. That's what rock pendulums do.
2013-05-03 09:37:01 PM  
1 vote:
It's over. You got here just in time for the death rattle, the last gasp, the last grope.

2013-05-03 09:31:39 PM  
1 vote:
I predict the zither will become the backbone of the next musical revolution.
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2013-05-03 09:11:40 PM  
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somemoron: As someone who loves guitar rock, THIS. Grunge, Rap, Hip-Hop and what have you did NOT kill guitar rock. Guitar Rock killed itself. Hair band overload became bland, predictable formulaic garbage. Winger, Poison, Cinderella... just nails in the coffin. As least Def Leppard was original when they did it. After a while, though, everything sounded the same, more or less. *sigh*

Get the fark off my lawn.

\Please note that I did not say these bands sucked - my opinion is mute on that. They are very good technicians. Just uninspired. I still love guitar rock, but good God man, stop with the copy/paste

You can't kill The Metal.
2013-05-03 08:49:17 PM  
1 vote:

BrotherKalashnikov: Short answer:no
Long answer:noooooooooooooooooooooooo

Will it undergo a decline in importance and relevance as the world moves on,and the musical tastes of people all over the world fragment and Balkanize?
Sure,so? It's all cyclical anyway.

How can you compete with dancing middle-aged Punjabis?

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/It's got a good beat, I can't dance to it.
/pinkish hue
2013-05-03 08:46:30 PM  
1 vote:
Real music died with Ethel Merman.
2013-05-03 08:33:16 PM  
1 vote:
2013-05-03 08:27:48 PM  
1 vote:
Its appeal is becoming more selective.
2013-05-03 08:25:25 PM  
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2013-05-03 06:41:16 PM  
1 vote:
Hey hey
My my
Rock and roll will never die.
2013-05-03 05:20:20 PM  
1 vote:
Maybe, but it'll never die! \m/  \m/
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