Music used to be about finding some Avant garde musical and lyrical edge and pushing yourself and that edge to the limits.
Want to be as big as Metallica. Forget about the Napster court case and remember that Metallica once was a band that had an edge. They were an outlier versus the LA Glam Rock movement.
When did it all change?
Now it’s about what maintains.
Now it is about what can an artist do to ensure that the nice income they got from the last recording and tour cycle remains the same?
So they go away and recreate the same album thinking that is what the fans want.
Now imagine thousands of artists doing the same thing and pretty soon, we, the public will be ploughed under by the plethora of product that all sounds very similar. And we do either two things. We switch off completely and go back to the classics that we know or we gravitate to a few current acts and decide that they will be the ones that we stick with.
Because we don’t have time to sit back and listen to every new album just to find that one song that could blow our mind.
Musicians didn’t want to make the same music everybody else did. It was all about finding your style.
Musicians didn’t care about how they looked. It was all about how they played.
Musicians didn’t want to sell out to the corporation because it took away their street cred.
And credibility is everything.
That is why Rock/Metal bands didn’t really last forever.
Credibility equals musical differences.
How long were The Beatles together? Eight or nine years.
What about the original line up of Kiss? Eight or nine years.
Twisted Sister (the version of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza and AJ Pero) had a run of 7 years before AJ Pero was booted and another year after that the band itself was goneski for a long period of time.
Motley Crue had a run of 11 years before Vince Neil was outed.
Led Zeppelin had a run of 12 years before the tragic passing of John Bonham and even though they got together with Jason Bonham on a few occasions, you could honestly say that was the end.
The Doors had a run of 6 or so years before the tragic passing of Jim Morrison.
What about Jimi Hendrix? He had a three-year reign before he tragically died.
Dokken had a run of 7 years before they went down in flames just because George Lynch couldn’t get over the fact that the band he was in was called Dokken.
Credibility is the honesty and openness of our past heroes and the lyrics in their songs.
Motley Crue didn’t come out and pretend to live the destructive lifestyle they sang about. They actually lived it. Same goes for Guns N Roses.
Dee Snider wrote his career defining songs when he was poor and broke. He had the anger and the credibility of knowing what it was like to be poor and hungry for success.
With Desperado and especially Widowmaker Dee Snider was in the same position as he was before the “You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll” success and he wrote a lot of great songs for those projects that no one has really heard. Listen to “Reason To Kill” from the Widowmaker album, “Blood and Bullets”. Elektra boss Bob Krasnow at the time would have hired multiple body guards to protect his sorry ass.
This is what music was.
The basic human connection to one another.
And now with music available 24/7 everyone is sacrificing that truth in desperation to chase a trend that makes money. But the ones that had longevity in music never chased trends. Like Frankie said, they did it their way.
That is why in most new acts, most people know the singles, the real stand out songs from the album.
That is the difference between the new breed and the old acts. The fans of the old acts know the material. Because when you have that one album for a six month period, it is all that you listen too.
I will let you in on a little secret. All of our heroes are “years in the making” success stories. They started something, failed, looked stupid doing it, dusted themselves off and started something again.
But everyone these days wants to parade themselves as a winner. Which is BS.
What we need are musicians pushing the limits of their art.
We forget the latest song we listened too in a matter of minutes but we are still talking about the latest Game Of Thrones episode.
It needs to be the other way around.