What Happened to Music?

By George Ware

I envy my parents. They may not have had mobile phones or flat screen TVs but the one thing they did have in spades was great music. Growing up I used to love family car journeys because my parents refused to listen to the 2000’s pop music that, still to this day, is relentlessly jammed in to your ears by radio stations. They used to delve in to their music collections because they couldn’t stand modern pop music. This meant that, instead listening to Girls Aloud, I grew up with the sounds of the 70’s and 80’s.

The music of my youth has influenced what I like today, which is quite a broad range, but there are some modern genres that I find so heinous that I wouldn’t play them to my worst enemy, it would just be too cruel. Most popular genres at the moment like Grime, RnB and regular generic pop make me sad in a fundamental way. Gone are the days when actual musical talent was needed to be a musician.

The mainstream of the previous generation was a smorgasbord of variety. You would have rock numbers from bands like Led Zeppelin, infectious pop songs from groups like ABBA, and straight up classics from artists like Fleetwood Mac, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Police, Dire Straits and Cream. The mainstream of today just sounds so samey. Most artists today seem to have forgotten what an instrument is, relying on electronics and synthesisers, and auto-tune, to make a song. You’re not going to see Nikki Minaj do an acoustic set. If you still need convincing, who would you rather spend a while week listening to, Michael Jackson or Kanye West.

The problem at the moment is worldwide. More and more short-lived acts pop up, make a couple of forgettable songs, and then disappear only to be replaced by the next. Rinse and repeat. Being at university, your supposed to enjoy music on a night out but I just can’t. I find my self only going to retro nights because they are the only places that paly good music. That being said, its not impossible to find good new music. Bands like Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone keep on pumping out good album after good album and even manage to dent the mainstream juggernaut that is the modern music charts. There are talented musicians out there but they just can’t catch a break on the mainstream without conforming to mainstream tropes. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, music listeners like myself are just going to have to put up with it and wait to see what comes along next. Lord

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