I'm sorry, but I have to do this. I have to get the record straight about what's rock and what's not. The music and fashion industry is broken, and it breaks my heart. This is a rather long post, but I hope you will read it.
PS! This is TJ and mine opinions, so if you got something to say, say it to us!
What Happened To Rock???
People wonder why rock and metal isn't as popular and important as it used to be. Well, I have a theory:
A long time ago, and for many years, rock ment something to someone. It was all about the sound, the style and the attitude. Integrity, quality and talent. But some where during the early 90s, something bad happened. Long hair, vrenching guitar-solos and heaviness up the wazoo became the big laugh, it was time to bring on the opposite, the ugliness.
People seem to forget the rivalry between rock and grunge, the most different music genres there is. Rock was cool and festive, grunge was dirty and depressive. Rock made you love life, grunge made you wanting to kill yourself. These days you hear people listen to both rock and grunge, Guns N' Roses and Nirvana. Don't they know that Axl Rose kicked Kurt Cobain's ass? That Kurt, and all the other grunge-fans and artists, made fun of the glitter and the glam that was so big and popular in the 80s?
Grunge is often known as alternative rock, but wasn't an alternative, it ruined the music market and made the real rock music look bad. They made a laughing stock of everything that rock ever stood for. So far people were afraid to listen to it anymore. So they turned to other music genres like techno, rap and pop-music.
It's a free world, so you can listen to whatever you want to listen to. But please stop calling grunge for rock. IT'S NOT!!! Rock is rock, grunge is anti-rock. Grunge is dark, dirty, depressive and ugly, rock is good tunes, fat guitar-solos, talented singers and catchy riffs. Grungy people wore loose pants to hide their small nuts, rock wore the tightest spandex you'd could find to show off their big balls.
Grunge represented the dark and destructive side of life, and the lyrics were about complaining about every little thing in their lives, and were written by a bunch of wozzies that thought suicide was the only way out. Rock lyrics were about being proud of who you are and say fuck you to everyone who tried to put you down. To stand tall and living your life by your own rules.
Rock musicians did have talent, that's why their music sounds so great. Grunge musicians didn't have talent, that's why grunge didn't have any musicality. It sounded ugly because they didn't know any better. Why people even listen to it beats me. I don't want to hear about weakness and "the easy way out". There is no easy way out!
You fix nothing by playing a record with a grunge band if you're having a bad day. Listening to other peoples deperessions only make things worse. You should put on an up-beat AC/DC record or let's-kick-some-ass music with Slayer instead. Music can be very terapautic, but I don't think hopping on the buss to the land of depression is the best solution.
Great rock n' roll music and fun music video...
Or do you really hate yourself that much you'd pick this?
This whole feud became a huge turn off for casual music listeners who only wanted a good song once in a while. When grunge and alternative rock removed melodic rock from the market and the radio, people wasn't interested in rock anymore. The whole thing died out and went underground, and now you have people like Rhianna and Britney Spears that washes the rock term even more out by calling themselves rock stars and wearing leather and studs while still playing sissy pop-music.
As many of you know the biker chic style is very popular these days. But it's not inspired by real rockers and bikers, it's inspired by Rhianna and Lady Gaga. And calling studs and leather, glitter and glam for grunge is soooo wrong! Grungy people would’t be caught dead in a leather jacket and anything that glitters. Rock = long and styled hair, grunge = dirty and messy hair. Rock = tight pants, grunge = loose fit jeans. Rock = leather jacket, leather waistcoats, grunge = a ugly plaid shirt. Rock = boots with attitude, grunge = Doc Marten's.
I know it's hard to know what's what then stupid and clueless fashion reporters call everything for grunge, when grunge is the opposite of rock style and attitude. So before you go ahead and call Nirvana and Kurt Cobain for rock/rock star, think twice would ya? It's always been, and always will be, grunge. NOTHING more, but so much less!
I know that rock is only music, but for REAL rockers it's so much more, it's a lifestyle. That's why I take it so personal when wannabes and people who doesn't know any better tries to ruin it.
I hope you read this post, and if you feel like leaving a comment, please do so! I'm not judging anybody's style or music taste. You can listen to grunge and wear a plaid shirt, but don't call it rock music and rock fashion.
My style is all over the place too, but when I see studs, I think Judas Priest. When I see a biker jacket I think Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden. All rock and roll pieces was worn by the great hard rock/heavy metal ledgens first. Then came Madonna, then came Britney and then came Lady Gaga and Rhianna. I now this, and so should you.
My name's Marita. I'm a musician and songwriter from Norway. I'm interested in music, books, movies, clothes and more.
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