As we established in yesterday’s post, my favourite genre of music is, overall, rock music. Now, if you’re somebody who is new to the rock genre, I have one key question to ask you:
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE PAST FIFTY YEARS? LIVING UNDER A ROCK? Oh hey I didn’t even mean that pun.
Anyway, I guess there are some kids out there who are under the illusion dubstep is actually a type of music and not just an arrangement of screechy sounds (uh oh, I’m starting to sound old aren’t I?), so I guess there may be some people unfamiliar with rock.
Firstly, there are some bands you definitely want to avoid if you’re new to the genre of rock music. Don’t listen to Nickelback, as rock music is not this repetitive and soulless, I assure you. Also, any band fronted by the Paddle Pop Lion should be distrusted immediately. Actually I just wanted to take a cheap swipe at Nickelback in this paragraph, so I’ll move on now (this has to be the least serious blog post I’ve ever written).
Okay, so when it comes to rock music, it has evolved a lot over the ages. It had its beginnings in the fifties and particularly the sixties, with many bands and artists famously “going electric” or turning to rock music during their careers, most notably The Beatles and Bob Dylan, who had lasting influences on the genre. Through the seventies, eighties, nineties and beyond spun such sub-genres as metal, punk, and grunge music, all with fans who remain hardcore metalheads, punks, or fans of grunge to this day.
My best advice if you’re new to the genre? Go back to some of the great rockers from the sixties and seventies, and use this to find your way to more recent rock. Listen to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin and more. For me, you can’t go past Led Zeppelin for that classic rock sound, particularly songs like this live rendition of Immigrant Song:
Who are your favourite rockers from the days of classic rock and from more recent decades?
Who would you recommend to somebody new to the genre (if such a thing exists)?