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Is this next in Amercia's music future?

Asked by john65pennington (29187points) September 21st, 2010

I have previously asked a similiar question. This question deals strictly with America’s music future. Wife and i were on the interstate coming back from a short vacation. In switching the radio dial around, we discovered a station that was playing remakes of the oldies. Some remakes were better than the originals, some were not worth listening to. Question: Are remakes of the oldies the music of the future for America? If so, your opinion is appreciated.

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thekoukoureport's avatar

Wow been wondering that myself for years waiting for the new thing but it seems that music anymore is just the same old same old.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Makes as much sense as anything else that’s out there. Santana’s new one is out today I think.

john65pennington's avatar

Love Santas old music. hope his new music has not lost its flavor.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@john65pennington I didn’t realize how far you meant in “oldies”. I was referring to Carlos Santana, but I really like Santa’s music as well. Let’s get Carlos to redo some Christmas songs.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

Well, most music even if it isn’t a remix, really is a remix in terms of reused hook riffs and such. Pretty much since humans figured out the theory behind music in the baroque period it’s just been re-fried. That doesn’t mean there’s no creativity out there – certainly the lyrics can be complex and interesting, and the art of how music is mixed is evolving, so it’ll continually sound better and more like there’s a band right there in the car with you. If you want to listen to experimental stuff, that’s original as well, but it’ll never ever make the radio because it’s not familiar enough to be listenable to most people. Which brings up another point, which is that popular music will probably more or less always sound the same, with a very slow evolution (especially since the Beatles) because the music we like is the music we hear, and the music we hear is the music that’s played, so the new music that’s played has to sound like the old music we heard so we like it…

Nullo's avatar

Sadly, we as a culture seem to have stagnated. We can’t make new music, we can’t make original movies, we can’t produce good animation, we can’t make good art, our comic books are fixated on the same superheroes as they have been since forever… * sigh *
Of course, there are exceptions. Maybe I’m being too grim.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Nullo I think that’s a little pessimistic. There is some good stuff, but you have to sort through a lot of chaff to find it.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

@Nullo I agree somewhat, but we’re looking at a very short period of time because culture doesn’t move at the same speed that technology does, it just looks like it’s standing still. Mainstream music, movies, etc sucks – but there’s lots of independent stuff out there that’s amazing.

john65pennington's avatar

Another thought: has Chicago released anything new, lately? their music changed with the times and its time they christened the world with a new album. there is no music guidance out there, anymore. it’s like drifting into outerspace without any directions.

laureth's avatar

It’s been the present for quite some time, actually. When I was in high school listening to pop music, Tiffany had remade “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells, and Juice Newton had remade Merilee Rush’s “Angel of the Morning,” and the Pet Shop Boys remade Elvis Presley’s classic “Always on my Mind.” Before that, Jimi Hendrix remade Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” And didn’t Dolly Parton’s “I will always love you” get remade by Whitney Houston?

Music has been made and remade ever since the second person to bang on a rock.

john65pennington's avatar

Laureth, great answer and i totally agree with you. think you can find a caveman that can write a decent song? if so, we need him. thanks.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Everyone has always and will always rip everybody else off. Even some of the older songs and movies were remakes, they just weren’t credited as being such. I’m pretty sure that will perpetuate until the end of time.

Seek's avatar

I agree, @laureth – And how many people have become famous off of Robert Johnson’s music?

Tributes are an important way for bands to honour their roots. I think of Opeth, who are one of the most creative and unique Progressive/Death Metal bands I know of. Every album they release has special bonus tracks or B-sides of their tributes to Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Celtic Frost, Alice in Chains, Robin Trower… It lets the listener know that they know more than their niche.

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