A couple of days ago, I was discussing music with my friend. I asked if he had heard of a band called The Bouncing Souls. He said he had no idea who they were and this stunned me. Now my friend is more into mainstream music, so when I thought about it again I wasn’t exactly shocked. What this conversation did do is make me think. It made me think in 50 years, how many great bands will be forgotten?
Tesla, Sugarcult…What do these two bands have in common? They are successful in their own right, however play a genre of rock that many people will point to the more popular band from that time period. Tesla was an 80’s band that had platinum records, however they played during a time where I believe most people would point to many other bands before even thinking of them. Motley Crue, Poison, and Guns N’ Roses were just some of the main bands who played during this time. Sugarcult is another example. They formed in the late 90’s and are known for playing pop-punk. Their career still has plenty of years in it. Blink 182, The Offspring, and even Green Day has been put into this category. So for a band like Sugarcult even if they release an incredible album, in 50 years I don’t know if they will be remembered as the bands mentioned above. By the way, check out Tesla and Sugarcult, as both make great music.
I believe that we do live in a time period where people are forgetting about the early days of rock. I have met people in their 40’s who have not heard of the likes of Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. Yes as crazy as that sounds, some people have never heard of these incredible bands. It makes me dread to go back even further in music history. To me it’s not just knowing the word Woodstock, it’s knowing who played there besides Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Do people today know about the Rat Pack. Not just know about them, but actually know who was in it. What about the Big Band/Swing genre? Seriously If anyone can name five artists from that period, without looking online, I will be impressed. I say that because I can’t do it. 50 years from now, are The Beatles and Elvis as untouchable as everyone thinks they are? In my honest opinion, I would say maybe but don’t be surprised if they aren’t.
So in 50 years it will be 2061, I will be in my late 60’s early 70’s……..awesome. Anyway back to the main point, I still believe that there will be the music fanatics that know all about the history of rock and music in general. However will the majority of people be talking about how Black Sabbath invented metal or how grunge swept through the 90’s or will they be discussing the current mainstream music that is playing right now? Interesting thought isn’t it?
Just my opinion. If you think the opposite or have a completely different thought about music 50 years from now. Leave a comment.
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