Music Part 4: Classic Rock

If only people today knew how to make music like they did in the 80s.

Okay, that’s not being completely fair, there’s a lot of good music out in the world today.  However, I seem to like a much higher percentage of music from the previous generation.  It’s possible that’s because I’m only exposed to the best of it, because they only play the best music on the radio, because my parents only bought CDs with the most popular songs, or a host of other reasons.

When I use the term “Classic Rock,” I’m referring to all genres close to rock (as opposed to classical music) with music released before the last decade.  Yes, the 90s is now classic rock.  I’m getting old too.

I find that older music tends to be lighter than modern music in that it is not quite so crisp or full sounding.  Van Halen does a good job of breaking this trend, but bands like A-ha, Duran Duran, the Beatles, the Monkees, and others sound more muted.  This is okay, they still produce great material, but it is different when you listen to it.  This could be due to the quality of recording instruments they had at the time or simply the style; I do not know for sure.

The acoustic sound of classic music is great.  The limitation of sound recording technology I think did them a lot of good.  Bands had to be creative when making sound effects.  Classic synth has a distinctive feel

More bands and songs/albums.

U2 – “Bullet the Blue Sky” (my favorite band of all time based on volume of good music)
Boston – Boston
Van Halen – “Can’t Get This Stuff No More”
Bon Jovi – “Prayer ’94”
Duran Duran – “Ordinary World”
A-ha – “Hunting High and Low” (the song, though the album is good too)
Men At Work – “Touching the Untouchables”
Kenny Loggins – “Danger Zone”
The Thompson Twins – “Lay Your Hands On Me”
Pat Benetar – “Shadows of the Night”
Tears for Fears – “Head Over Heels”
The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now?”

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