No…Video did not kill the radio star…The DJ’s stopped playing the music that really matters. In fact, reality TV killed all of it–as did all the electronic “fixes” for everything…Where are the real bands that have the skills to play real instruments? All of the electronic inventions and such since the 1980’s have hurt music–not helped it. Fewer people are learning how to play instruments and of those that do, where are they going to work if they decide they want to be a musician? A friend of mine who has 30+ years experience asked me that question.
I’d rather hear a real band over the electronic synthesized fill in versions any day of the week. I like jazz and blues festivals because I get to hear a lot of live music–without all the gadgets…I also listen to SOME country music–not all. And I still love rock and metal. I just won’t drive to a lot of it…Too many tickets! LOL! I heard this one day and said, “My god…He’s got a real band backing him!” My faith in the music world is restored but only to a point. We need more real bands regardless of the genre. No amount of electronic alteration can duplicate the sound of a live band…It’s that simple…
And yes…This guy, Ben Cross, does do the genre justice… 😉
Ironically, even with the advent of the 80’s scene, I like a lot of that music too–and some of it was a bit loaded with the synthesized sound…When I cover those, I don’t want that sound. It’s better to have it the way it was meant to be. The 90’s brought SOME improvement but not much…It seems to now have reverted a bit again. At least it does to me. That being said, this is an 80’s song that totally kicks ass and can be covered by a female if done correctly…This girl is on it now–and is going to be getting a vocal coach after all these years. Got lots of lost time to make up for–or die trying! Have a great weekend!
My high school sweetheart put this on the net the other day so I’m sharing it. It was taken in 1980…My first thought was, “Holy crap! We actually wore that back then?!” Either way, it’s a year I am glad I would NEVER relive…’81 was better…In fact, I would NOT want to relive my youth. My life is better now than it has ever been and I don’t look back much–until someone sends a reminder…Then I look quickly and close that book again.
And just for the record, I don’t think the music has gone so much as I think it’s being covered up by reality TV, which is why MTV sucks and VH1 blows monkey chunks. It’s time to quit glorifying people’s private lives and get back to airing the real music already!