Since the beginning of time, music has been a driving factor in
any culture. It has been a part of celebration, mourning and love.
Chances are you were conceived with “Let’s Get It On” blaring out
of your parent’s sound system.
However, for every action, there is an equal and opposite
reaction. Everything has its blemishes. Football has the Detroit
Lions. Television has Barney. And music has…well, let’s just
start from the beginning. Here are a few musical moments that
people were glad to see go by.
In the 1950s, music began to take form as we know it today. This
decade was the advent of rock and/or roll. Great things came from
it: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash. And then there was
While he may have had his song “Tutti Frutti” covered by the
Chipmunks, something just freaks me out about a guy that looks the
same today as he did in 1956. Not to mention the mascara!
By the time the ’60s rolled around, so had the ideas of peace
and love. This decade welcomed the Beatles, without which music
would not exist today. Then, towards the end of the decade came
Woodstock, the original music festival. People came together for
three days of peace, love and music.
Unfortunatly, much of that peace and love was disrupted towards
the end of the festival when the group Sha Na Na took the stage.
For me, there is just something about eight grown men in sequin
encrusted jumpsuits doing synchronized dance routines to “Teen
Angel” and “Duke of Earl” that just doesn’t fit in with the whole
Woodstock vibe. Talk about a bad trip.
Then came the ’70s: a time when rock truly rocked the world to
the utmost. The ’70s spawned the music of Zeppelin, Aerosmith,
Clapton, and the list goes on. However, just when Jimmie Paige was
rocking mightily and Steven Tyler was screaming at the top of his
lungs, out of the darkness came the Village People. Crap.
I can’t speak for everyone, but to me dressing up as an Indian
Chief and singing songs about the Navy and the YMCA just doesn’t
belong with any scene in the ’70s, whether it’s rock or disco. And
while I am sure that their intentions were good at the time,
writing songs that still plague party-goers at weddings and high
school dances across the country is simply a sin that is
Then came the ’80s. Two words: Boy George. I’ll just leave it at
Ah, the ’90s. What a sweet time to be alive with the likes of
Nirvana, Dave Matthews Band and The Humpty Dance. However, this
decade was also not without its blemishes. We had Hanson, we had
the Spice Girls, we had Shaq trying to rap. But, all of these pale
in comparison to the boy band movement.
Contrary to popular belief, the boy band movement did not just
include boys. Besides the N*Syncs and Backstreet Boys of the time,
there were your Britney Spears and Christina Aguileras.
Fortunately, it seems that this era has passed, with a few remnants
scattered around the pop music charts that are sure to drop off
soon. Maybe the former pop stars can all join Sha Na Na. They’ve
got the dancing down.
So, what does the future of music hold? No one knows. Maybe it
will be the resurgence of synchronized dancing or the re-claiming
of Boy George’s dignity. Whatever it is, just don’t forget “Let’s
Get It On.”