RE: I couldn't possibly...
Posted by: Don ()
Date: November 21, 2000 10:59AM

...have said it better. Great post, Surfpunk!!!

I just wanna echo what you said in part of your post: As much as I think I'd like to see it, I don't think AOR/MHR of the '80s and '90s is gonna make a huge comeback. I'm sure it will make SOME KIND of a comeback (all music does, even disco!!), but I don't think it's gonna be as huge as some people hope. And here's a thought: What would be the end result if it did? I mean, the music scene has always been rather fickle. But it's never been more fickle than it is now. Trends and artists come and go faster than ever right now. Kids' (and adults' too, for that matter) attention spans are shorter than ever. If young people did suddenly discover the wonderful retro sounds of acts such as Survivor, Whitesnake, Icon, Cinderella, Poison, King Kobra, etc., and a whole new breed of bands came along to play alongside those classic bands that happened to reform, what would happen in a couple of years once the whole scene died again? I suspect that it might be driven further underground than it is now. It's hard to say, but I don't think that, in the long run, it would necessarily be a good thing for "our" music to gain TOO much popularity. If it becomes a trend, then like all trends, it's sure to die. Of course, there'll always be people like us to keep it from becoming completely extinct. But still, I don't necessarily think that the whole scene would wind up being too healthy if it rose to glory and then fell once more.

The revolution may well be happening as we speak, though (but with heavier music). Classic, '80s style heavy metal (Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Manowar, etc.) is alive and doing well these days, and so is the whole scene that it spawned (ie., all of the "powermetal" bands such as HammerFall, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Nocturnal Rites, Demons and Wizards, Kamelot, etc. that are doing so well right now). And for the record, from what I've heard, these new bands are quite good! I am really, really digging the new HammerFall album (thanks Mats!), along with a lot of other stuff as well. But the whole thing isn't becoming huge the way it was in the '80s. Back in those days, the magazine racks in every local store seemed to hold at least 2-3 magazines with bands like Priest and Maiden on the cover. You couldn't walk into a music store without seeing albums like these displayed on the wall. Now, albums by "the new breed" are fairly readily available (some of them are stocked by the stores, while others can easily be ordered in). But few - if any - of them are displayed in the "in your face" manner that they used to be. This kind of quiet revolution may well be the healthiest kind. Whatdy'all think?

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the resurgence of rock 245 Mrpool 11/21/2000 06:52AM
RE: the resurgence of rock 153 sfk kurt 11/21/2000 07:22AM
RE: My thoughts on a few of your points... 158 Don 11/21/2000 10:27AM
RE: My thoughts on a few of your points... 158 Kevin 11/21/2000 10:42AM
RE: My thoughts on a few of your points... 171 sfk kurt 11/21/2000 11:10AM
RE: the resurgence of rock 167 Kevin 11/21/2000 10:34AM
RE: the resurgence of rock 171 koogles 11/21/2000 08:16AM
RE: the resurgence of rock 176 Stimpy 11/21/2000 08:58AM
RE: the resurgence of rock 168Surfpunk11/21/2000 09:26AM
RE: I couldn't possibly...147 Don 11/21/2000 10:59AM
RE: I couldn't possibly... 172 koogles 11/22/2000 12:51AM
Its a nice thought 186 Benno 11/21/2000 01:01PM
Mid-Careered Bands May Have A Chance. 175 Susumu 11/21/2000 03:49PM
RE: Mid-Careered Bands May Have A Chance. 166x factor11/21/2000 11:03PM
RE: Mid-Careered Bands May Have A Chance. 164 Susumu 11/23/2000 12:41AM
Anyone catch that commercial on MNF? 178 Mrpool 11/22/2000 03:43AM
RE: Anyone catch that commercial on MNF? 179 sfk kurt 11/22/2000 05:47AM
RE: Mid-Careered Bands May Have A Chance. 183 paul stephenson 11/23/2000 09:23PM
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