Many hang their head in shame when they discuss the music of the last quarter century. With the birth of the MTV generation and countless other
movements forcing music into a cultural decline we have seen music go from true artistic self expression to a mass media vehicle that craves a quick
fix and a quick buck.
Gone are the days when artists were celebrated for finding divinity in music. Gone are the days when artists were celebrated for challenging their
audiences. Gone are the days when bands strived for perfection, for innovation and for a love for the music itself.
While we have seen a decline in the general fabric of modern music there have also been bands that do not fit this mold. Bands that have continued the
tradition of searching for something meaningful in music, bands that have identified the beauty in music and have shared it with the world for the
very great pleasure of doing so.
I ask ATS members to share their thoughts on the most important and influential bands or artists of the last quarter century. Could you please list
your bands and also the reasons why you think they are the most important bands of the last quarter century?
I will start you off with what I think:
Nirvana were one of the most influential and important bands of the 90's, pioneering the 'grunge' sound coming out of Seattle and capitalizing on the
beginnings of indie-friendly college radio stations around the US. While they popularized grunge music and turned teen angst into a household
necessity they also produced some of the finest music of the period, which was admired the world over. Although Nirvana were very much part of the MTV
boom and the hype surrounding it in the early-mid nineties their music surpasses most of that era. Nirvana have become timeless.
The White Stripes
The only modern band that contains a modern day certified rock god. The white stripes reminded people of the pleasures of simplicity, the charm of
nothing more than a loud guitar and cave man drums. After six albums we're not complaining and Jack White has continually proven his worth in an
industry devoid of passion for the classics of yesteryear. They made the blues cool again and they also made some great albums, definitely one of the
most important bands of the last couple of decades.
Dubbed 'Nirvana-Lite' when they first arrived, one could have been forgiven for underestimating this band. As they progressed throughout the nineties
they evolved and in 97 arrived with OK COMPUTER which has become a modern classic. They are constantly morphing and have kept audiences hooked from
the moment the opening chords of 'creep' first rang out. What is refreshing about radiohead is that on top of producing amazingly innovative and
beautiful music they do not compromise. They are probably THE most influential modern band in my opinion, constantly innovative.
With his angelic voice and sonic brilliance he captivated a generation. There are currently more people trying to sound like Jeff Buckley than there
are drummers. Buckley exploded onto the scene with his groundbreaking LP 'Grace' in 1995 and died within a couple of years. If he were still alive,
there would be no telling how famous this man would be.
Oasis combined a rich history of British rock royalty to produce music that moved many. If you were alive when it happened then you remember it, you
were either offended by the Gallagher brothers swaggering Mancunian bravado or raising a fist to a brighter day. Either way, Oasis wrote some of the
most uplifting and genuinely inspiring rock music to come out of England in the last 20 years, like it or not they were incredible.
The Black Keys
Taking a more hands on approach to the two piece Rock/Blues format the Black Keys emerged as a band with a mission. Since their debut 'the big come
up' they have advanced into a truly original force. Theirs is a sound that has developed over the years into a truly unique and progressive take on
the blues and all of its buddies. They get garage, they get swampy, they get bluesy and they get rocky, they truly are one of the most important bands
of the last quarter century.
The Brianjonestown massacre
While most would be familiar with their film 'dig' what is important about this band is the impact they've had on modern music, maybe not whats
getting thrashed in the charts, but the jonestown massacre started off a whole movement of underground bands. Black Mountain, the Dandy warhols and
many others owe a lot to the jonestown massacre and it is my opinion that they're one of the most important/influential bands to have existed in the
last quarter century.
It's a little hard giving band bio's, but how about people just share their thoughts on the most important/influential bands/artists of the last
quarter century. That was mine. Thanks guys.
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