I haven't listened to Zeppelin in years but when I did it was pretty much always IV from start to finish. I liked Sabbath when I was in my teens and listening to hair metal, at the same time I loved AC/DC and old Aerosmith. When I got into alternative I listened to classic rock less and less. Of all of those bands the only one I still love and listen to on a regular basis is Pink Floyd. I love the instrumentation, the arrangments the music is just timeless to me. Some is bluesy, some jazzy and spacey. I love it all. No other classic rock even comes close. I think as time goes on the value of Floyds music has only gone up while the rest haven't even been able to maintain. Just my personal opinion.
I get so frustrated with the argument that all music sucks after so-and-so, or that so-and-so was the last band making "real" music. Go on Youtube and read the comments for a Tears For Fears video or something. It's hard to find someone not talking about how Tears For Fears were the last great band making real music, that Lady Gaga/Kings of Leon/whatever is on the radio is crap, nothing can compare, etc. I understand being attached to music that was big (personally, I don't mean on the pop charts necessarily) in the formative years of one's life, but at a certain point it just becomes close-minded and lazy.
I think one of the contributing factors is that it is so much easier to live in a romantic past than the present. Part of music is escapism, and I know that when I started getting into shoegaze and the Stone Roses and stuff like that I wished I was born in 1975 instead of 1988 so I could not be three years old for acid house and the release of Loveless and Spike Island and whatnot. It's easy to want to escape to those times. That line from "Losing my Edge" about borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 80s (or early 90s, for me) is spot on.
Then I got older and realized that there was a ton of great stuff happening now. Really vital, potentially important stuff. From bands I could see and follow from their beginning. Which was an exciting prospect.
My main point is that it's important for music fans (or fans of any type of art in general) not to get entirely caught up in the past. Study the past, respect and enjoy the work, sure. It's there as a resource, and it is undeniably important. But the reason half of the stuff becomes "important" in the first place is that someone, with the benefit of hindsight, writes about it and is able to put it in broader contextual terms. No one gave a shit about Van Gogh until he died. Hendrix would have probably made some fucking awful albums in the 80s.
I can't wait for people to lament that Lady Gaga was the last "real" music on the radio and that whatever the hit female pop star of 2025 is doing sucks ass. The cycle will always continue.
I was there.
I want to be on the Union side for this thing.
The concept of bombast and the progression/public reaction to it over the years is very interesting to me.
In the 60s, 70s and 80s, it was all about bombast. "Hey, look at me. Worship how great I am. Watch me show off this crazy guitar solo." And people ate it up.
Then over the past few decades the bands that have made the most bombastic music have flickered for a short while and eventually become the most maligned. It really is a tough time for bands who have grandiose ambitions with their music. You kinda have to convince people over and over again that you're not a royal douche. The Arcade Fire is a perfect example of a band who's gone through this recently.
You should include the 80's in that. There was plenty of me, me, me i'm awesome flashy guitar playing in the 80's. Some of it was solid guitar playing like Slash and Eddie Van and some of it wasn't, for example C.C. Deville from poison and most hair metal stars.
I broke punk.
I'm buying the hat, and I played most of the album for the bar I went to tonight, and I sold my friends who are going to Coachella. I think we'll be Union side, although half of my family fought for the Confederacy so maybe I should represent them? I certainly prefer a blue hat because it looks cooler, and regardless of color I'd like to spraypaint a TA on the top of the cap.
Sweet. I got a thread in the misc section.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Aidz."
I had this album at number 5 when I ended the year and was in a trance with the Newsom record, but listening to the monitor non stop for the last 3 days has me ALMOST wanting to reconsider.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Aidz."
I think it might be the raw passion that the monitor has. Have One On Me is a strong personal change for Joanna, even though she does still hide a bit through concept characters. The monitor is much more relatable and just an unstoppable force that had something to say, knows how to say it and then shoves it down your throat. Still tough to choose. The first time I heard Good Intentions Paving Company I damn near cried because I didn't think music like that could be made anymore.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Aidz."
I think I'm going to do the hat thing too. It's been a slow process but the Monitor has come around and hit me in a big way. I'm really excited for their set.
I'm in on the hat thing. This is a top 3 set of the entire weekend for me. I loved this album from first listen. I've listened obsessively from the get go and it hasn't even come close to growing tired on me.
I would like to offer thanks again to this thread because without it I don't think I would have listened to it or found it.
Also, i'm hat shopping. For those just wanting cheap and to participate this might be one of your best bets.
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I'm afraid if I buy a Confederate hat I'll be labeled a Palin republican, and if I buy a Union had I'll be labeled an overaged wanna-be hipster. I'm at a loss. Maybe I should just wear a Born to Run t-shirt.
Accompany the hat with an "I'm not a racist, I just really like Titus Andronicus" t shirt.
Hmm, I see your point.
How about "I have a friend who's black, also I really like Titus Andronicus"?