Tuesday, September 25, 2007

History of Rock and Roll

Johnny Rotten



I was watching History of Rock and Roll Saturday on VH-1 Classics and someone made the following quote. "This generation's rock and roll is destined to become the next generation's pop music."

Damned if I can remember who said it though. It was either Elvis Costello or Bruce Springsteen, I think. It might have been Johnny Rotten who looks surprisingly, relatively good, considering I thought he was dead.

Last week, I switched my XM radio over to the "Lite Pop and Love Songs" channel for a while and they played a lot of Elton John, Billy Joel, James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac. I remember wondering when it happened that these guys and so many others who were cutting edge back in the early 70s began to be considered "Lite Pop."

Seriously, boys and girls, ELO and Boston and even the Eagles were thought of as pretty bad ass back in the day. Of course, I guess I was a lot cooler myself, back in the day.

14 comments:

Susan in St. Paul said...

Hey Grand Fabulous one, you are just as cool today if not cooler.

Fleetwood Mac did a tour called Dance a few years ago and they sounded amazing, never lite pop!

Elton John, James Taylor, and Billy Joel have quite a few songs that I would consider light pop but not all.

I listened to Renaissance, Gentle Giant, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, ELP, the Who, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Simon and Garfunkle, Al Stewart and plenty of Motown back in that day ;-) I heard lots of Dead too but that was under duress. Are they all considered pop music now?

"Can you understand you can really understand
When the darkness comes you still shine
Open up your eyes and make the day shine sunshine now
Open up your dreams and and make the way shine sunshine now"

Laurie said...

Susan - I would say, with the possible exception of The Who, all of those would be considered pop by today's music standards, even the Grateful Dead.

Jen T. (soon to be E.) said...

I love Boston. There is nothing like squealing along with an air guitar to those wonderfully clean guitar riffs while waiting in line at the grocery store, embarassing your significant other and getting some laughs and some weird looks from your fellow store patrons. I attribute my appreciation of the "classics" to my parents, children/teens of the 70s.

Music changes from decade to decade... sooner than that in most cases. Yes, I'd definitely consider Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, James Taylor, etc. to be lite pop, but you're talking to someone who rocked out to grunge and ska in the 90s.

Laurie said...

Jen - I love grunge. Nirvana and Pearl Jam kick grunge ass.

Lorna said...

you look considerably better preserved than Johnny---even with his hair of many colours.

neil said...

The others might be lite pop, but you're still cutting edge. My favourite band from that time is Led Zepplin, those boys will never be lite.

Laurie said...

Lorna - That's some pretty cool hair, innit?

Neil - I totally agree about Led Zeppelin. I do sort of wish they hadn't sold some of their music to television commercials, but good for them. I'm sure they were paid quite well for that.

katie said...

history of rock and roll is one one my favorite shows! as if you couldnt guess...;)

katie said...

p.s. i still think theyre pretty hardcore

Laurie said...

Katie - It's a great show. I need to watch them all in a row though. I think I've missed some and you are the coolest niece ever. Have I mentioned that already? :)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...that pic of Johnny made me think of Danny Kaye...

Laurie said...

Anonymous - HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Leslie said...

I know what you're saying. Julia loves the song "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister. I can remember when it first came out and my mom wouldn't let me have it!

I love your picture! You are still just as cool.

Laurie said...

Leslie - Aw, thanks. :)