Re: Hey now!
Posted by: Tony Harnell ()
Date: June 27, 2001 02:20AM

Thanks John. Couldn't have said it better myself. I had a big realization at some point in the late eighties that I was appreciating the wrong things in the music I gravitated towards. I was always into the "sound" over the "substance" as a kid and in my early years as a recording artist. I was under the totally wrong assumtion that music was somehow a competition or "race"(play faster, sing higher) if you will as opposed to a real art and a platform for real expression. I regret that I was more drawn to Zep that the Stones when I was young, or that I didn't listen more to Bob Dylan or Tom Waits or other kinds of artists. I only listened to "good singers". Now, I realize that "good" meant that they sounded nice and pretty or were perfectly on key or had a huge range etc, etc. That's all fine and well, but I wish I appreciated Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler more than Rob Halford or Steve Perry if you know what I mean. It would have shaped my early days in a much more happening way and probably made my music more interesting and in turn changed the course of my career for the batter. Rock and Roll started as rebellion. That was the whole thing. The look that Elvis had, parents hated it. And he was singing like a black blues singer. They really hated that back then. And when you go through the development of Rock you can see that the bands that really changed history were aggressive and they were rebels. They weren't candy ass, nicely dressed, perfect hair nice guys playing "nice" hard rock. That's an oxymoron isn't it? Hey we were right there doing what I'm referring to. Rock is supposed to be against the grain. It is supposed to go against the establishment, and at times be political in nature, and it should have attitude. The shallow stuff fades fast and has no staying power. I'm sorry to say to Danny, but I'm afraid that Nirvana will be listened to in 10, 20 or even 30 years and be thought of as an important part of rock history and they will likely be inducted into the hall of fame when the time comes.
I won't agrue your musical critisisms as it's a matter of opinion, but certainly Soundgarden was missing from your list of good bands. Chris Cornell is without hesitation one of the best rock singers of all time. Listen to his solo album. WOW! Amazing vocals, lyrics and passion. Not to mention very intelligent chord structures, key changes and amazing melody. I saw him live and he sings his ass off.
Anyway, my point is that there is more to music than "sounding good". Sure, you should sound good, but that is subjective too. Danny said he hates the way Nirvana "sounds" while I think they sound great. And I also think that Kurt Kobain sings with a lot of passion and energy. As far as getting on the Kurt's an @!#$ cause he killed himself bandwagon, most people don't realize the guys family history. There was a lot there, believe me. Suicide is never funny and shouldn't be judged in my opinion and we should all be so lucky that we have stable mental states. Walk in a man's shoes before you voice your view I say. And seriously, Rock and rollers as role models? Since when were we responsible for that? That stuff is for sports heros or god fobid, fathers and mothers or brothers, uncles etc....This is not our job. Our job is to shake things up, rattle the foundation, ask questions that have no answers and basically rock people. Hence the word ROCK. I just don't think at the end of the day that mixing Air Supply with Aerosmith is such a great idea. I know, I've tried it myself.

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A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 145Mark Ashton06/24/2001 02:18AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 111Tony M06/24/2001 03:25AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 116Tony Harnell06/24/2001 03:50AM
To Mark Ashton and Tony Harnell 88Kieran06/24/2001 04:09AM
Re: To Mark Ashton and Tony Harnell 95TC06/24/2001 04:22AM
Re: To Mark Ashton and Tony Harnell 174 Danny Danzi 06/24/2001 04:21PM
Re:Stick around to what you know you do best !! 88 Melodic Lover ( Spain ) 06/25/2001 09:05AM
AN IDEA.... 122 Tavas 06/25/2001 02:28AM
good point... 106 sfk kurt 06/25/2001 06:51AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 94Tony Harnell06/24/2001 03:40AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 80John Q06/24/2001 05:16AM
Good post! 80 Misterpomp 06/24/2001 04:41AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 115Surfpunk06/24/2001 04:56AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 108 Misterpomp 06/24/2001 05:40AM
Return 102Surfpunk06/24/2001 09:24AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 90Mark Ashton06/24/2001 07:26PM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 107Tony Harnell06/24/2001 11:56PM
the bottom line 106 sfk kurt 06/24/2001 05:48AM
Re: the bottom line 87 Mike Matney 06/24/2001 06:59AM
Re: the bottom line 89Mark Ashton06/24/2001 07:59PM
Hey Mark 97 sfk kurt 06/24/2001 10:51PM
Re: the bottom line 100Tony Harnell06/24/2001 11:59PM
Rebuttle 101 Captain Can Man 06/24/2001 06:43AM
Are you the only 'rocker' left in Atlanta... 88 koogles 06/24/2001 11:06AM
Re: Rebuttle 86Tony Harnell06/24/2001 12:57PM
Re: Rebuttle 101Mark Ashton06/24/2001 08:09PM
Re: Rebuttle 74 Carl1 06/24/2001 08:26PM
Ditto.. (np) 89 Andrew 06/24/2001 08:34PM
Re: Rebuttle 102Tony Harnell06/25/2001 12:06AM
Re: Rebuttle 99Peter M. Bietenholz06/24/2001 11:57PM
Re: Rebuttle 80 Captain Can Man 06/25/2001 04:31AM
Thank You Tony! 95 Ten_K_Lovers_N1 06/26/2001 05:31AM
Re: A couple of points re:Tony Harnell`s post 90Gav06/24/2001 10:29PM
young people ?? ==> AIRPLAY 103 Tavas 06/25/2001 03:03AM
Re: young people ?? ==> AIRPLAY YES!! 108 Danny Danzi 06/25/2001 07:28AM
Re: young people ?? ==> AIRPLAY YES!! 100 Brian 06/25/2001 01:41PM
indeed THIS IS THE TIME !!!! 80 Tavas 06/25/2001 05:14PM
Re: indeed THIS IS THE TIME !!!! 71 Mike Matney 06/25/2001 09:08PM
Hey Danny! 103Surfpunk06/26/2001 03:54AM
Re: Hey Danny! 102 Danny Danzi 06/26/2001 08:21AM
Re: Hey Danny 87Tony Harnell06/26/2001 02:29PM
2 cents worth.... 90 Captain Can Man 06/26/2001 03:33PM
Re: Hey Danny 106 Danny Danzi 06/26/2001 05:16PM
Hey now! 93John Q06/26/2001 08:07PM
Re: Hey now!90Tony Harnell06/27/2001 02:20AM
Re: Hey now! 119 Fran 06/27/2001 02:49AM
For the record... 111Surfpunk06/27/2001 06:12AM
Question for Tony & Danni........... 86 Mrpool 06/27/2001 08:13AM
Re: Slightly Off topic 96 SegaNinja 06/27/2001 09:31AM
Re: Slightly Off topic 104Tony Harnell06/27/2001 10:21AM
Re: Slightly Off topic 85 ted poley 07/01/2001 01:43PM
Re: Question for Tony & Danni........... 104 Danny Danzi 06/27/2001 12:28PM
Re: Hey now! 100John Q06/27/2001 12:44PM
Re: Hey now! 116 Danny Danzi 06/27/2001 12:52PM
Don't Dream It's Over..... 108 Captain Can Man 06/27/2001 01:23PM
Re: Don't Dream It's Over..... 137Tony Harnell06/28/2001 12:47AM
Re: Don't Dream It's Over..... 121 Captain Can Man 06/28/2001 04:51AM
Re: Don't Dream It's Over..... 99Tony Harnell06/28/2001 10:42AM
Re: Hey now! 130 Melodic Lover ( Spain ) 06/27/2001 07:08AM
Dear MLover... 112John Q06/27/2001 11:15AM
Re: Dear John... 127 Melodic Lover ( Spain ) 06/27/2001 10:48PM
Re: Hey now! 107 Danny Danzi 06/27/2001 11:57AM
Danny! 103 Captain Can Man 06/27/2001 12:49PM
Re: Danny! 96 Danny Danzi 06/27/2001 01:00PM
Re: Hey Danny 111 Peter M. Bietenholz 06/27/2001 07:35AM
Peter, 96Surfpunk06/27/2001 08:19AM
Re: Peter, I agree !! . 120 Melodic Lover ( Spain ) 06/27/2001 10:23AM
Re: Hey Danny 107 Danny Danzi 06/27/2001 12:13PM
Re: Hey Danny/Well said (np) 112Darkman06/27/2001 07:03PM
Re: young people ?? ==> AIRPLAY 106 Brian 06/25/2001 01:39PM

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