Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Rock stars are all dead!

"You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools,
But that's the way I like it baby,
I don't wanna live for ever,"

That's From "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead. That's what rock songs used to sound like. I have been listening to this song in the car as part of a compilation of old songs I made up. And it has set me to thinking...

Are todays pop/rock stars really fulfilling their obligations?

Now Motorhead were a bit before my time, and I am not a fan of them necessarrily, but Lemmy, the Jack Daniels for breakfast and day-long amphetamine guzzler it seems epitomizes what rock stars used to be, what they used to do For us. They created a vicarious wild-side, for us.

Think The Stones, Iggy Pop, ACDC, (you could probably include the Dubliners here) etc. etc.

Not only did these people produce great songs/music, but they played with energy, intensity and more importantly with Passion. Kurt cobain tried to do this, but he couldnt handle it when he got there. He didnt have star quality, notwithstanding his musical talents.

Am I missing something with today's music? Or, is it just missing me or not relevant to me? who are the great rockstars of the 21st century?

Chris Martin?
Tom Yorke?
Michael Stype?

These guys all produce music that I like to listen to now.

But I don't envy them. I dont have a dirty side to me wishing I could be them.

"You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools,
But that's the way I like it baby,
I don't wanna live for ever,"

This is not a sensible way to think.
You should want to:

Work harder, achieve more, marry, have kids, pay the mortgage, play golf, holiday in France, pay your taxes, play by the rules.

The question I'm posing is, what do we want from music today?
If we want nice music for the background while we enjoy dinner parties with vacuous middle class friends, then I suppose coldplay will suffice.
But if we want to assuage our Darker sides, the side that miss-behaves and Lusts and doesnt give a fuck, then we need to crank it to eleven and listen to real music that doesnt want us to buy organic, or save the fucking planet, or give a shit about third world debt. music is our time. Dont invade it, it's the time when we are really alive, at least until we have to collect the kids from creche, or put the bins out or whatever.... Nevermind!


Xbox4NappyRash said...

I think I can safely say, that we've sen the last of the real rock bands.

There are a handful of singer songwriters out there still trying, but being drowned out by whatever is headlining in some london park.

samcrea said...

Yeah, but I was talking more about the attitude of the Stars, they all want to change the world, these guys didnt even change their jeans!

morgor said...

hehe, nice post.

But Kurt Kobain lived a wild lifestyle and then shot himself before he got old.

That's pretty rock and roll.

The only wild musicians nowadays are pete doherty and amy winehouse etc. but they're both fairly shit and i don't respect either of them.

Some metal bands still have that edge mind you , but I'm not a fan of screaming heavy metal.

samcrea said...


I hated traditional heavy metal, I liked Nirvana and the pixies and some punk, but there are some ACDC, Motorhead and Metallica tunes that Rock, and I dont care how uncool that is...
This post was kinda inspired by a Bill hicks rant, let me see if I can find it...

Bill hicks on Rock stars

samcrea said...

A more succint version

redleeroy said...

I gave up listening to 'modern' music. Would tend to go backwards to the old stuff. Rarely something that comes out now excites me. I am sorry for the shameless self promotion but i think the tracklist will give you the idea.