When Rock N Roll was born, it was based around the guitar. Therefore when Rock bands play, they must have talented guitarists that can play in their own unique style. And so time continued through the years and the world saw talent such as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmoore, Eddie Van Halen, Slash and most recently, Justin Hawkins. This list of lead guitarists includes some of the finest talent over the past 50 years. But somewhere along the line, their love for Rock N Roll was mocked. The introduction of Gothic music meant that anyone could make a song with only the help of 3 or 4 chords.
"But what about the Rolling Stones
?" you ask. Yes, they did limit their use of chords, but they were undeniably a good band with a talented singer and catchy tunes. Again, their style was ruined! Somebody out there thought it was a good idea to use only a few chords with as much distortion as humanly possible. On top of that, they recruited singers unworth of a high school talent contest. Songs there made louder and singers screamed harder. So where did this all start? The closest record I could find was the introduction of Marylin Manson
who was the first to cause controversy in persuading kids to rebel and sing lyrics about hating parents. This was later followed by the likes of Korn
. When was the last time you saw Marylin Manson
sit down on stage and play an accoustic? All the greats have done it at one point or another. Great guitarists use accoustics to break down songs. They even use double neck guitars, which probably symbolises a good band sinse all the greats have used them.
So why has Goth music ruined the Rock N Roll name? Well its lack of riffs, solo's, ability to hear what chords are being played and err talent! I would guess that the goth look was stolen from Guns N Roses, as they were significant for their black leather outfits and skull tattooes. But they were far from gothic. Goth's probably decided this was a cool way to look and when more musicians looking like them appeared, they typically followed them. This would be the point where leather wearers were into heavy suicidal talentless music and anyone wearing the slightest bit of colour was into dance music. If this keeps up, Rock N Roll will only be a memory of the old time greats. Todays music is Rock, but not Rock N Roll.
Thankfully things are slowly changing. More and more kids are starting to pick up guitars and learn songs like "Smoke On The Water" and "Sweet Child O Mine", or even "Stairway To Heaven". The emerging of The Darkness made people remember what it used to be like to listen to a good old fashioned song full of catchy riffs and speedy Solo's. Velvet Revolver are also bringing back the days of Rock N Roll. Solo's are starting to become cool again and hopefully, sooner or later, people will stop listening to bad music such as the ones mensioned at the beginning of this article. Forget about MTV and the dance music craze. If you want to save something, start at home first. You want to save music? Start by saving Rock N Roll!