Friday, August 19, 2011

The Sixties Music Legacy

It took the new Maroon 5's song "Move Like Jagger" to have me proclaimed that, in my book, the 60s is music's golden era where many musical legends of different genres left their imprints in history. Move Like Jagger admittedly is an ear worm I shamelessly put it on repeat but it will take more than a tattooed modern day topless rocker in nut-crushing tight pants to trump the real 60s legends.

Mick Jagger & The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Doors, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and so many more that carpal tunnel would be induced if I type out every music legends of that era. You get the drift. It's Rock and Roll baby! It's Rock and Roll! Musos of the 60s, dead or alive, are irreplaceable. No doubt about it. Exhibit A: Just look at these clips of Jagger that has probably inspired Levine's song.

Bad boy rockers, screaming, crying fainting fans, genuine musical talents and great showmanship (stoned to the skull no less, just look at Jagger's glazed out eyes from dope). The allure of the 60s simply can't be replicated by our noughties music world peppered by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber whose biggest talents are probably getting caught smoking dope. It's easy to see why we have't got that many real legends these days.

That said, the musos of the swinging 60s had an advantageous head start with the 60s being nothing less of a cacophony of inter-cultural and political mishmash across the globe. Cue in Vietnam War, herald African American civil rights, introduce feminism, swallow in the psychedelic drugs, propagate free love and you get a perfect creative backdrop for hatching up music that influences this era of social and cultural evolution.

So maybe, just maybe, it'll take another round of social evolution or a couple of Bed-In for peace protests ala John and Yoko to catalyze some good music that actually lives on.

John Lennon & Yoko Uno at the Bed-In Protest
I love this so much I have a t-shirt with this picture

But meanwhile, Levine can only move like Jagger because clearly, he is definitely no Mick Jagger.


Anonymous said...

must be a slow day at work for you... -hl

B said...

Wowza, you're quick....I just wrote it half an hour ago. End of the mood to work, so I write and rant...btw, I wanna Move Like Jagger now...let's go disco disco some time

Anonymous said...

omg mambo jumbo night, NO! -hl

B said...

NO MAMBO!! The 80s music is one thing I don't get. I don't understand why they're still big enough to warrant a clubbing night dedicated to them. I want a Mick Jagger Glam Rock party...minus lines of coke...I'll replace it with icing sugar or something

Anonymous said...

zouk's mambo night is a tourist attraction ok!!! where on earth would you see such coordinated dance moves by strangers (other than north korea); even NDP pales in comparison! -hl


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