Rock is not dead. It’s a Zombie.
I love music. I’m blessed with having grown up with many a genre, my ear picking up interesting things on anything it thought worthy. I don’t hate between Country, Rap, Rock or Pop. To be musically inclined in any genre is a gift, your liking it or not doesn’t depict their talent.
But I do hate one thing. I hate hearing: Rock is dead.
Just because you’re pushing 65 and was a wee lad when The Stones broke records, Pink Floyd tripped you the fuck out or rock stars death of choice was their own vomit doesn’t mean the genre is dead. The ingenuity? The original sound scaring parents further into their bible and gossip? Sure, that can be labeled dead. But those things didn’t necessarily make the genre, it was simply an action or reaction to the times changing musically.
Rock is not dead, but it is a zombie.
I just recently read an article where Pat Carney of The Black Keys said this:
“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world, So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.”
What I got from this (even though the words ‘rock and roll is dying…’ was said) is that Rock is not dead but instead a decomposing animate corpse wearing scarves and thumb rings doing the shuffle in skinny jeans while vocally going where so many Pop artists have gone before. Note I did not give them a rock credit, what Nickleback and Nicklebackeons have in common is not only their shitty music but the fact that it’s Pop. Popular Music. Rock can be Pop(popular), but that don’t mean you’re in the Rock alumni if you make Pop music. I had to go bad grammar on your asses so you know I’m not playing.
I firmly believe there is good rockNroll out there, I firmly believe I listen to a lot of them. Maybe if you were raised on Zeppelin or The Doors you won’t think of my bands as Rock or that they aren’t really deserving of that genre because they’re trying to sound like this person or that. But your dislike isn’t about them. You don’t look at the Stones and say, But you took that inspiration from Chuck Berry so it’s not real blues.
I won’t deny that the masses help to water down what could be great songwriters or musicians in todays world, but inspiration in a bands work does not create Zombie Rock. Bands that formed after the very first band ever documented in history took from the original and made a telephone game of awesome, evolving melodies and just because it’s 2012 where Kesha is cool doesn’t fucking mean those melodies don’t exist.
What I’m trying to say is this: Take that shovel closest to you and go screaming mad at the Rock Zombies drooling their hideous tunes your way and WHACK THE SHIT OUT OF THEM! Cut the head off the Rock Zombie and show it to the rest of the mumbling masses as a decree that we want the good shit on the radio. And that good shit in general still exists.