I am not one of those people that will come on to these boards saying things so generic as "GC sux!", "Rap sux", or "today's music sux!" This is because those are all ignorant comments; people who say those things have no clue what they are talking about.
Mainstream music today, most of it, is incredibly generic and stupid. Now, I am not going to preach about the origins of punk because we all know where it began, but I will say I do despise bands such as Simple Plan and Good Charolette who do nothing but whine into the mics and play 3 power chords over and over, it gives me a headache. Mainstream rock isn't much better. Most bands now days will strive to release a single and get it to number one, then they will fade away. But Wait! Some time they release 2, yes 2, or even 3 singles! Does this make them good? In my opinion no. What makes a band good is staying true to the music they started out with and maybe not even releasing a single but bands such as tool don't even get air time because people (most) cannot understand the lyrics.(I will talk about this later on) Mainstream rap I can't say enough about how much it sucks, because it does. That doesn't mean rap sucks because I like some of it but mainstream is just about cars, money, and hoes. That's it and not a soul can argue against that.
Old Music, and Non-Mainstream Music (Underground):
Finally, what I came here to talk about, the eras of the great musicians and bands. This will be the longest section by far.
I'll start in chronological order, with one of my favorite guitarists of all time: Jimi Hendrix. Jimi, in the late sixties and early seventies, combined 12-bar blues scales and Motown influence, which was in that era, with his own imagination to make sounds no one had ever heard before. He was amazing and wrote songs which have become modern day anthems and have been remade by artists such as U2 and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Pink Floyd is credited for inventing the "stoner-rock" genere and was formed in 1965 but wasn't popular until the late 60's.
The Beatles were also formed in the late sixties and helped shape music to come.
And let me not forget Fleetwood Mac, who I don't personally like but am forced to respect.
Then came the seventies which churned out such great bands as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Frampton, AC / DC, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and so many more. Kiss was also formed in this era, but personally I do not like them, however, I do realize their importance to today's music. Let me take a minute to honor Led Zeppelin by saying they are one of the greatest bands of all time and have continued to make great music throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's, and today. As great as Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones are, they are no where near as influential as Ozzy Osbourne, who helped to mold modern day metal with such powerful tracks such as "Iron Man", "Crazy Train", and "Paranoid". Like Zeppelin, he continues to make music today.
Now we come to the 80's, some of the best and worst music came out of this era. I'll start off with the bad. Boy bands such as New Kids on The Block and other pop acts such as Prince, and Boy George are the bands that inspired the members of N*Sync, 98 degrees, and The infamous...Backstreet Boys; all of the 90's.
Aside from this there are such bands such as Twisted Sister, Guns 'N Roses, and various other scream acts that defined the era, more or less. Now, I didn't live in the Eighties so I cannot name every band that was big but for the most part, I believe I am correct. These bands most people either hated or loved, there was no in between, but they quickly dies away with the grunge movement and the dawn of a new breed of metal...Metallica.
Formed in 1981, Metallica was the new sound of music, they were heavier, louder, (without the screaming however), and dare I say it...they didn't wear make up! Now given, Metallica wasn't the only band of it's kind they were others such as Exodus, Slayer, Megadeth, Mesuggah, and Pantera were also defying the generation of music. Some bands of the seventies, as discussed earlier, also spanned their reign into the eighties and did it well.
Now to the early 90's with the grunge movement. Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, (which I am currently listening to as I write this) are some of my favorite bands and without a doubt some of the best there ever was. They taught the adults of the day the dark side of their teen's supposed happy-go-lucky life. Sadly, the lead singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, and the lead singer of Alice in Chains, Layne Staley, both committed suicide. Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam's front man, did not but is continually ripped off by such bands as Creed, Puddle of Mudd, and numerous others. One band I would like to talk about is Tool. They were never too popular in their day but they created some of the most amazing music out there with one of their best cd's Aneima. It is hard to say what genere they were but in my opinion, they simply created their own, being so ahead of their time. Radiohead, also, should not go unnoticed. One of the great bands of the 90's and to some of all time, Radiohead did something new with their record O.K. Computer. Well, that leads us back to today's music. I've already talked about the rock of today, if you will. But there are several metal bands that deserve recognition. Mudvayne, for instance, throws in powerful, moving lyrics (yes, listen closely) with heavy, heavy bass lines, and a driving guitar to create extraordinary sounds. Definitely one of a kind.
Then other bands such as, Superjoint Ritual, Hatebreed, and Cradle of Filth are the new sound of metal. Worth checking out in my opinion. No Doubt, as much as I hate them, I also have to give some credit because they do deserve it after all these years of creating music. Sisters of Mercy, and not too many more, have created, rather, revived the Gothic genere. Lest we forget Rage Against The Machine, one of my favorites. An amazingly political band, Tom Morello and Zach De La Rocha create bewildering music worthy of anyone's money. Then there are underground bands such as, S.T.U.N., Stellerstar, and some other underground punk (the good stuff) that you should look for.
I hope this helped you in your omnipresent quest to find great music.
IM me on my sn, DJALL89, if anyone has comments or corrections because I, also, would like to learn about what I am listening to.
And you thought I would leave off Elvis, THE KING OF ALL ROCK.