Rock Music in the Last 20 Years


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Over the last twenty years or thus rock music has been through considerable changes, but some items have stayed the same too. The primary thing that shifts is the innovation of new genres, as well as the reinterpretation of older genres into unique branding. This really is partly due to genuine sentimentality and partly due to record businesses playing it secure and re-releasing designs of music to suit with general resurgences of fashion. Perhaps the factors that’s dominated these occasions is the attitude of record labels.

The scene at the finish of the eighties wasn’t a happy 1 for rock music. The excess that marked a move away within the blues-rock origins that had grounded early thick metal had watched points become more manufactured and pantomimic. Hair metal had had its day, and immediately become uncool, and with its death it took guitar solos as well as the general recognition of the thick sound with it.

In the void left by this there was clearly a move towards a sound that nevertheless maintained a gritty edge, but had none of the self-conscious showiness of the previous decade. This saw the grunge scene of the early nineties. Kurt Cobain almost was this movement, and when he died it faded away too. The antecedents of the sound were the Pixies, plus they appear to have maintained a certain fringe recognition consistently through the previous twenty years.

In the nineties there was clearly a Brit Pop scene that saw soft rock bands create a return, but the sound of the scene grew older actually fast because of the steadfast shortage of innovation found on the piece of the bands concerned. What’s left of that has grown into the more club-friendly bands that we see now, like Vampyre Weekend and Arctic Monkeys.

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