Re: they really did have image though
Posted by: Capt. Crunch ()
Date: August 13, 2001 12:33PM

Again, what was the image? Of course, they all had long hair, wore cool clothing onstage and I'm sure partied as well as anyone. But that goes with most any musicians regardless of what genre they are in. I guess what I meant by image was that their songs were played in a variety of styles and their songs were about a variety of subjects. Most songs follow the familiar verse, chorus, verse, chorus, lead, chorus fade progression and a variety of instruments were featured.

The images of other genres are:

1) Hair Metal - Poodle hair, mostly juvenile lyrics, spandex, tons of lead guitar.

2) Grunge - Unwashed hair and clothing, depressing type lyrics, singing in one low key.

3) Punk - Spiked hair, minimal musical ability, violent tendencies.

4) New Wave - Short hair, keyboard dominated, non emotional singing.

These are the perceptions of the images of these genres, whether they are totally accurate or not. All of the bands that embraced these genres came and went when people got tired of the scene and moved on to the next one.

AOR was always more about the music. Again, thats why the music has a more timeless quality. The AOR bands don't have any real image to live up to or try to live down either. They don't have to "genre jump" when one image is not working anymore and try to cling on to the next one and then deny they were part of the previous one blah blah blah.

I do see a little ray of hope with some of the newer bands that are playing melody driven music. But again, it seems to be specifically geared (both musically and from a marketing standpoint) toward teenagers with no thought as to how it will stand the test of time. The difference is that most of these bands will be over before most members are 25 years old. Also, they will not have made their mark through radio and annual touring or had enough memorable songs to sustain a career as a nostalgia act. REO is still playing to decent crowds in their 50's. In my opinion, being "corporate" or "faceless" was a badge of honor and extended careers beyond even what the band members even expected.

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The AOR genre lacking image, concept and attitude. 114 Daniel 08/13/2001 12:59AM
Re: The AOR genre lacking image, concept and attit 96 alex siedler 08/13/2001 01:33AM
Re: Hello ???? 111 britny 08/13/2001 05:35AM
sad but true 99 sfk kurt 08/13/2001 01:41AM
Re: The AOR genre lacking image, concept and attit 116 Rachael 08/13/2001 03:24AM
Hello ???? 86 Ron (H) 08/13/2001 04:17AM
Re: Hello ???? 97 Daniel 08/13/2001 06:04AM
Re: AOR = Image? 81 Capt. Crunch 08/13/2001 07:08AM
they really did have image though 88 sfk kurt 08/13/2001 11:15AM
Re: they really did have image though97 Capt. Crunch 08/13/2001 12:33PM
you answered your own question 99 sfk kurt 08/13/2001 10:05PM
some acts are still larger than life 92 sfk kurt 08/13/2001 11:13AM
It's music's job to alienate the old 103 koogles 08/13/2001 11:43AM

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