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"style" over substance.

and to expand slightly: In 50 years, will people remember her songs? Or just what she used wears? Or neither?

to expand even more (and defeat the point of the question!!) :

i was listening to the Beatles the other day, and it just makes me think, they were just four ordinary boys from liverpool, and they changed the course of music, really. Is there anyone around today who is having the same effect and changing history like they did? I suppose you can only tell from a distance, and maybe we're not far enough away from it, but from the 90s / 00s there hasn't really been any big, amazing musicial movement which is liked by the majority and has changed the face of music. I know I am looking at it from the perspective of "alternative" music, but if you consider the main genres that are popular in the mainstream at the moment - pop is just forgettable, indie even more so, and RnB / rap doesn't really seem to be doing anything different. The majority of the "alternative" genres that I like are old genres anyway (e.g. goth), so it kind of makes it seem like, to me at least, there are not really any bands / genres which are that good now. When I say things like this and people recommend bands for me to listen to, I usually can't really hear in them what makes them so different and so memorable. But even when you listen to the Beatles now, after all this time, you can still hear what it was in them which made them so different, both then and now.

Date: 2011-05-23 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motoramarth.livejournal.com
The further on in time we go, the harder it is to be original. Things get done and we've come to a point now where there are too many music clones. On one hand they should strive for better creativity, but on the other hand, as I said, so many things have already been done it's hard to come up with something truly original. It happens every so often, but unless you were a band around in the 50s and 60s, you probably won't have such a huge musical phenomena because there's always someone before you who has done it.

Date: 2011-05-23 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spooky-miss.livejournal.com
yeah thats very true :) I think there has only really been one time where a whole new type of music came about - in the late 70s / 80s when electroniclly produced music became really popular. Before that it was all guitar based, but then with synths it all changed so much. But then now its just gone back to all being the same, even if people mix guitars and synths, its all been done before. I can't think of how music may change in the future..but then it'll probably be something which you could never ever imagine! :)


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