I happened to see the Top 40 in a newspaper this week. It was so bland. How I feel for kids of today, growing up with this tripe.
What a grumpy old git, you must be thinking. Oh, Rick is really getting old now.
What rot. I know what I said is like what our parents said to us back in the day, but they were simply wrong….and old!
There are many, many ways to access music today. Internet, television, radio. So surely the music scene should be more varied and vibrant? Sadly, it is far from that. The same cannot be said 30 years ago.
This is why artists like Adele and Emeli Sande are everywhere. They are being over-exposed simply because there is nothing else. It’s boring!
Let me explain. Justin Timberlake is currently at No 1 with Mirrors. It sounds like his 2004 hit Like I Love You.
One Direction are at No 2 with an old Blondie song, then it’s Pink, Bruno Mars and new band Bastille, who sound like they are an ’80s indie group.
Other songs making up the current chart include Nicole Scherzinger with the totally awful Boomerang, which sounds like all her other songs.
Then it’s just R&B acts featuring dull, unknown rappers or Olly Murs. Give me strength.
Let’s look back at this week in 1983. With just Radio 1, Radio Victory and Top of the Pops to see and hear them on, we enjoyed the diversity of Michael Jackson, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Madness, Icehouse, Joan Armatrading, JoBoxers, Altered Images, Big Country and even Kenny Rogers with Sheena Easton!
Count the different styles. Ska, new wave, rock, punk, electro, country & western, I could go on and on.
And then there is the gay scene. It seems funny in this day and age of equality there are no bands that are ‘out’. I’m sure Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Soft Cell, Erasure, Bronski Beat and the Pet Shop Boys would be very disappointed!
And who badly applies make-up and looks miserable like The Cure or Echo and the Bunnymen these days?
Funny how retro ’80s parties are all the rage. I wonder if in 30 years’ time parties harking back to this era will be in vogue?