Chris Cornell Predicting New Rock Revolution Soon, Shares Full Explanation

Soundgarden singer comparing EDM craze to the peak of disco movement, expects reaction similar to early punk.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell shared quite an interesting insight on today's state of music, predicting a major rock revolution ahead. And it actually makes a lot of sense.

Chatting with Howard Stern on June 18, Chris compared the latest electronic dance music (EDM) craze with the disco fever, noting that an equivalent of the punk genre is bound to follow as well.

"I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day, that 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into electronic dance music, and that it goes up every year, which I don't know how much more it can go up," Cornell kicked off (via Loudwire).

"The only thing I can say, is that tends to be the beginning of like a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating. All of the sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it, where everyone said: 'You know, this sucks.' So maybe that will happen now."

In conclusion, the musician added, "[Now people] will be looking at each other at a rave, their E will kick in, and they'll go, 'This sucks.'"

This would not be the first, and hopefully not the last time for the gritty rock spirit to battle other, more mellow and mainstream genres, making Cornell's prediction a well-founded one. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    cemerson2012
    I sure hope he's right!
    CK3000
    I really want this to happen i just don't want to get my hopes up too much
    danny.kopij
    I think he is. I live in Long Island, NY and the Rave scene here is overbearing at the least but in the past couple years the Punk and Hardcore scene have been really coming in strong. A lot of DIY all ages venues have been popping up and a lot of demand for underground touring bands has been really building. The key wore is underground though. You gotta dig to find it but it's worth it.
    Gatorman1300
    I to live in LI. I am unaware of the underground punk scene. what are some venues i should check out?
    Lightning_Ray
    I think that's happening in many places. I'm on the other side of the Atlantic and here it's exactly the same way as you've described it.
    warpig227
    hey man I'm also from LI I'm not in a punk band but the hard rock scene between long island and queens is strong, if you ever have a chance come see my band https://www.facebook.com/Phosfateband
    Gatorman1300
    do u know other hard rock bands that play on LI? I'm desperate to find people with similar music tastes as me. all of my other friends are into this pop shit.
    HitmanJenkins
    There's a strong DIY culture in the UK as well, lots of Punk, Hardcore, Indie and all it's variations. People, bands, promoters etc. know each other up and down the country because of scenes like this.
    KidOK1
    I've been saying this for a long time.
    KidOK1
    I also would add that at the moment, pop artists seem to be grasping for older sounds in an attempt to sound less stale. Many people are starting to notice how there's almost been a disco revival with guys like Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, and Robin Thicke. Also, a lot of beats you hear from pop singers and EDM artists are starting to sound a lot like mid-2000s hip-hop. Take Dark Horse by Katy Perry for example. What I think this means is that in order to try and stay relevant, everyone is looking to the past for ideas. To me, this is a sign that a "musical revolution" is just around the corner. All it takes is one little indie rock band to get a few hits and the whole music industry could do a flip flop. That's exactly what happened with Nirvana. If you haven't noticed, tons of indie acts are getting super successful at the moment. As soon as a few heavier indie rock bands make it big, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Maroon 5 are gone, hopefully for good.
    Lt. Shinysides
    that's a bold statement coming from the man who released Scream, which had a ton of electronic influence. just hurry up on that new soundgarden album and tour, chris.
    Morgothik
    I'm not sure Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are EDM. They're the ones dominating.
    KidOK1
    True, but rock music is hardly ever "dominating". It's usually either second to pop or not very popular at all. EDM and country have sort of taken its place for the moment, but we all know that's not going to last much longer. When genres get stale, people look for something else.
    Lt. Shinysides
    that's a bold statement coming from the man who released Scream, which had a ton of electronic influence. just hurry up on that new soundgarden album and tour, chris.
    Carl Hungus
    Rock music evolved in an era when the U.S. and England were still dominated by white male musicians.
    KidOK1
    Who said a modern rock star can't be black? Look at Chuck Berry or Jimi Hendrix.
    logicbdj
    Living Color (Vernon Reid)... Tony MacAlpine... Animals as Leaders... etc.
    Spenner2810
    I'm not what this article is about. Rock has never 'gone away' or been defeated so to speak so talk of a 'revolution' seems a little misleading. If the suggestion is that there will be some new rock sound or culture that comes into the mainstream and starts to dominate the UK and US charts then that tends to be down to the record companies/radio execs who decide what gets played and therefore what the masses are exposed to/force-fed. My view is that there are all sorts of fantastic, quality movements existing now that have their loyal and ardent followers and if the men who dictate what the masses hear on national TV and Radio pick one of them up then they will exploit it. The reason for the 'cycles' of genres is that the management/publisher/record companies/radio people etc make more from commercialising a "new, breaking" genre than allowing an established one to drift on. Ultimately, the money men decide what gets to be commercially popular but rock/ prog/metal in its many forms will continue to exist, grow, interest, excite and innovate regardless of whether its used to sell pepsi or the superbowl.
    Chickendirt
    I agree but I think it will be a whole different sort of rock that people aren't expecting. That's why it worked for Grunge, it was different to what had been done
    kbertan
    So that's why he made Scream with Timbaland, to make people say "You know this sucks!" It all makes sense now!
    tc94
    " 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into electronic dance music, and that it goes up every year, which I don't know how much more it can go up" I'd guess about 30% Chris...
    Sleaze Disease
    There's not going to be any new rock revolution. All we are going to get is the same thing we have now--new bands trying to sound like old bands. As a rock fan, I have to ask, what new rock sound could anybody possibly come up with that hasn't already been done? It's not like rock hasn't been combined with every other type of music already. How far can you go until it's not even rock anymore? I kind of hate to say it, but rock has gone as far as it possibly can, IMO.
    Gatorman1300
    every generation says that exact same thing. then came black sabbath Metallica and Nirvana. just to name a few.
    eds1275
    Or maybe we have a large enough platform to be able to support all genres equally now thanks to ease of access and in general a more tolerant view of music held by most sane people..? I'm a die-hard rock fan, and that's what I'll always consider myself to be, but I also enjoy things from the EDM side, a few rap artists like Hopsin, a couple of country tunes, and a good amount of jazz. You wouldn't have seen much of that fifteen years ago, but it's becoming an increasingly common trait in a lot of people from areas you wouldn't have expected it in (in the US, anyway).
    Eirien
    I think in the future, people will stop worrying about what music others are listening to and they will listen to and create whatever music they enjoy, without bias and genre prejudice. At least that's what I hope will happen...
    qrEE
    I hope in the future, genres will grow to become irrelevant as the culture surrounding them makes way for acceptance and understanding of everything. As a largely Metal fan, I understand the point of Country, Rap, EDM, etc... they all have different missions so to speak, and the artists can have similar ideals in mind even across genres. Like Country musicians and Metal musicians can both be in it for the money, or for the fame, or for the praise, or for the love of hte music, or for the scene, etc. I hope that people will realize that every genre has it's purpose and as long as there's honesty and benevolence on the part of musicians, that there is a respectability to that. People will stop letting social pressure and greedy companies and artists get to them and start to see why music is how it is, and as a result there will be some more balance between talent and popularity.
    badfish_lewis
    I think in the future people will still argue about what music is better because that's how people are
    MikSeliy457
    Passion creates good real music, though. You know what I mean?
    Eirien
    Totally agree, which is why people should create music they really enjoy rather than conforming to any particular genre. Passion isn't exclusive to rock music.
    buddy1991
    That doesn't really have anything to do with a rock revolution happening. People should definitely listen to what they love no matter what. But the majority of people I know who like EDM don't like to just listen to EDM. They like to go to raves. Its the whole experience that does it for them. Thats cool and all, but if you need various drugs and half naked people to enjoy a particular type of music then you probably don't like it all that much in the first place. Not trying to generalize everyone, because i also know a good amount of people who love to just listen to EDM. But I think its safe to say that the majority of teenagers enjoy it for the experience surrounding the music, not exactly the music itself.
    Eirien
    I don't disagree with you but people's reasons for liking or disliking music are their own. If people like a certain type of music because of the social scene surrounding it, I find that completely understandable. They have different values to me. Also, let's not pretend that EDM is the first genre of music to have a drug culture attached to it.
    buddy1991
    I'm not saying that it isn't understandable to like a type of music because of the social scene around it. I think that when that person discovers a type of music that pulls them in because of the music itself, it is going to be much more powerful to them then the other genre that pulled them in because of the social scene. And you're right about drug culture being attached to other genres as well. The Jam Band scene in particular has a large drug culture attached to it. I'm fine with people doing whatever they want to have a good time, and drugs can certainly enhance the emotions you get from music, but if those drugs are necessary to enjoy the music then I don't think it speaks to them as powerfully as it does to someone who is a fan of the music.
    killaudio666
    I totally agree with...theres always good music and musicians out there, there's just hard to find. People act like if it's not popular, its not relevant.
    lextexrex
    There are plenty of electronic artists itself out there that are trying to get away from "edm". They find it to be just a craze where people just go to shows to get ****ed up on homemade drugs and watch light shows instead of listening to the music. But of course the only electronic music you hear about in the news is about Skrillex and David Guetta. That's like listening to rock for the first time to hear only Green Day and Nickelback on the radio (or coming to this site to see articles primarily about Courtney Love, ha).
    --ESTRANGED--
    "There are plenty of electronic artists itself out there that are trying to get away from "edm"" exactly this. Deadmau5 is a good example, there's a few "non-EDM" (for lack of a better term) tracks on his new album. EDM is a terrible term.
    The_Wilrus
    Strictly speaking to EDM though its the largest thing right now. Regardless of what a small group of intelligent artists are doing within the greater spectrum of Electronic. It's like comparing Randy Rhoads guitar work in metal to Poison. Randy like Deadmaus did great things to push the envelope then Poison came along and cashed in.
    lextexrex
    EDM is definitely the cash cow at the moment. It even tempts those intelligent artists to produce it (usually under a different alias) because it's so easy to cash in on it.
    archangels
    You have it backwards, Chris. EDM is the punk rock, not the disco. Also, you look like a Geico caveman.
    smo0k3
    if you mean the prodigy, thats maybe true, but not that dupstep shit
    The_Wilrus
    I can see EDM's general popularity. It's easy ti digest and you can dance to it. That being said EDM is soulless. It creates excitement through adrenaline alone not purpose and emotion. It has its place an I like to do drugs and dance but it will NEVER be Punk Rock.
    rollinstone
    I believe this band is the future of rock music. They came up with the idea of RDM (Rock Dance Music) and are getting bigger each time I check them out. And they're from Athens, GA and everyone knows we're waiting for the next big band from there. Go have a listen. http://www.wearegreco.com/#about
    mhbscars
    Oh god no please make it stop ... Mixing the genres is not the solution. We need to find something within the spectrum of rock music in general that could reach out to both the heavier and softer music fans simultaneously.
    seance
    ..No..no, man.
    connor.geldar
    come on man theres plenty better artists than these guys, just because edm is popular doesn't mean that blending genres is the solution. Anyway your meant to dance and grove to rock music so the term 'rock dance music' is kind of pathetic, just seems like they're creating mediocre tunes to appeal to a wide audience
    pjn7000
    They actually don't sound bad, but I don't think they are the future of rock music.
    rafey
    I wonder where dubstep falls into this explanation. What was the "dubstep" of the 80's? Part of me wonders whether that's today's response, as rock was the response back then... Hope i'm wrong though
    ZeppelinruleZ
    I'd say the Dubstep of the 80s was both Hair Metal and the awful pop stuff being released at the time in the sense that those were what the "rock revolution" of the time was aspiring against. Or do you mean that Dubstep is that "rock revolution"? Sorry, I was confused by your question
    9badarv
    Trends like this always happen, especially when the music becomes a parody of itself. Disco, hair metal, Emo, and now EDM. I'm not saying that there aren't any good artists from these genres, but that there are fads that run through the music industry, eventually eating itself alive
    lowhums
    We should stop saying whether they think he's right or wrong and make it ****ing happen.
    andrew130
    Yes, finally some one gets it. People can talk and whine all day, but its the ones who TAKE ACTION that will bring about this rock revolution.
    seance
    People also say this every time someone calls for a rock revolution. And people also say this every time someone calls for a rock revolution.
    kcmoon5150
    Punk after disco Grunge after glam Hopefully something awesome after EDM
    KidOK1
    My guess is it will be very melodic, dark, somewhat heavy, and incorporate electronics into it. It's like how grunge music was influenced by every genre before it: jazz, metal, R&B, pop, and hard rock. Now it will have to incorporate all those, plus electronic and maybe a bit of hip hop. I don't mean like Limp Bizkit or some shit. I mean more like Hail to the Thief by Radiohead. I think that album, while sort of inconsistent and not their best, is way ahead of its time and may very well be what rock music sounds like in a few years.
    CK3000
    i hope its punk again. i like all the other genres and the idea of new ones but still.... punk is awesome
    Jacques Nel
    Rock music is at it's best when it's not mainstream, mainstream production turns rock music into stale pop-rock.
    KidOK1
    Not always true. Look at the 90's. While there are a few 90's rock bands that more or less sold out (Stone Temple Pilots), many of them (guys like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Smashing Pumpkins) just kept making what they wanted to regardless of whether or not it sounded mainstream. The mainstream came to THEM.
    SorgFamily
    STP did the oppositie of selling out. If anything, they "sold in". They started out by hopping on the grunge bandwagon and then slowly phased it out until they got to their 70's rock sound which they've been riding ever since. They still throw the occasional hard rock songin there but I'd say everything from Tiny Music forward and a little bit of Purple is not them selling out, that's them being themselves. Grunge was their way in, everything after is the real STP rising to the surface.
    buddy1991
    If a Rock band turns into "pop rock" just because they get popular (mainstream) then thatsthe bands choice. Its not up to anyone else to write their music.
    Kueller917
    I don't think it's the case of a band suddenly becoming a pop act, think of it as an evolutionary process. To become mainstream there needs to be a higher level of accessibility, so the top bands won't be some underground avant-garde stuff. The more popular the genre becomes the more poppier acts it will attract because labels will push and look for what's in.
    Jacques Nel
    Producers influence bands too much man, in many cases a band's music is much better before they become too big.
    Eirien
    A good producer can make a band become more focused and realise their potential. When you're doing anything creative it's so easy to become too attached, sentimental and precious about your work. A producer can offer an outside perspective that pushes bands to create the best music they are capable of. The problem is when labels and the producers they hire try to change a bands musical direction. This is a bad approach and is the reason that so many bands are sceptical of working with outside producers when really it is scumbag labels that they should avoid.
    blackone666
    buddy1991 never heard of producers or even money...
    buddy1991
    Producers are there to guide, not to write. If a band has integrity then they will write music they love while also taking advice from the producer. If a band lets a producer take controlof their direction then that is still the bands choice. And if money influences your direction you're still choosing to let that happen. Ever heard of free will?
    Lapidus
    and Chris Cornell said : "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
    Bollockser
    Have you accepted rock & roll as your personal savior?
    Kueller917
    Cycles happen often so something like this could be true. Electronic music is pretty much here to stay though and has earned its spot in the last few decades of boom. What I would see fading is the massive "EDM" boom that all sounds like the same major artists. Rock could revitalize or it could likely just be a revolution within the electronic world itself with rock having its own little internal and separate phase shift.
    UncleBluck
    The only problem with Chris's theory is that back in the late 70's/early 80's there was a generation of musicians/artists that not only could master their instruments, they could also write music, and sing without auto tune and no lip syncing....I don't see these conditions anymore relevant to the present younger generation.....the talent just isn't there anymore/right now.....
    Kueller917
    Even though the total amount of musicians relying solely on autotune and lip syncing is probably less than 1% of that group?
    NorCalLos
    Interesting take. I kind of considered the "indie" that is kind of petering out now as the grunge renaissance that followed the EDM revolution of the late 90's-mid-00's. I think the next big resurgence will be nu-metal.