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Neural Nostalgia
Slate, by Mark Joseph Stern

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Posted By:MissMolly, 8/14/2014 7:18:14 AM

As I plod through my 20s, I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon: The music I loved as a teenager means more to me than ever—but with each passing year, the new songs on the radio sound like noisy nonsense. On an objective level, I know this makes no sense. I cannot seriously assert that Ludacris’ “Rollout” is artistically superior to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” yet I treasure every second of the former and reject the latter as yelping pablum. If I listen to the Top 10 hits of 2013, I get a headache. If I listen to the Top 10 hits of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/14/2014 7:31:30 AM     (No. 9965386)

Bless his heart. Welcome to Grown Ups R Us.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 8/14/2014 7:41:33 AM     (No. 9965405)

Wait til you´re in your 60´s...you won´t even know who the Top Ten artists are...Crosby, Stills and Nash will sound even better...and you will go "wow, Duane Allman has been dead for 43 years now, what could have been".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kayworthy, 8/14/2014 8:07:33 AM     (No. 9965440)

I´m so attached to older songs songs that I enjoy rummaging through YouTube to find the best and worst of the 60´s and 70´s. Two stick out. Best: I Fought the Law---Go Go girls with guns!! Warms my heart. Worst: Half Breed---Cher glammed on a horse doing her best woe-is-me Liz Warren sob song. Funnee!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 8/14/2014 8:13:29 AM     (No. 9965449)

Mark Joseph Stern probably has a lot to learn about music. I suspect he has never heard Mozart if he thinks Katy Perry is great music.

I have become less generational in my taste. As has always been the case, each generation has great music, and lousy music. I am only interested in the former.

I also found that some music that used to be popular seems less attractive to me now. I have grown weary of the destructive, arrogant, lecturing lyrics of many of the hippie bands, such as CSN, and many of their contemporaries. I still like the bands with classic blues foundations like the Allman Brothers, though.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 8/14/2014 8:21:08 AM     (No. 9965463)

Being an eclectic music lover, I can sing along with songs from my youth as well as a lot of today´s pop music. No rap, heavy metal or loud, obnoxious stuff, though. If it "has a good beat and you can dance to it" (a nod to American Bandstand, for those of you in Rio Linda) I´m in. I´m a sucker for a good, thumpy bass, especially when listening in the car.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 8/14/2014 8:29:32 AM     (No. 9965479)

Being still in my 60´s, moldy oldies is my thing, especially the early 70´s music when I was hitting the night spots for dancing. Oldies stations seem to be going by the wayside. Guess too many of us are kicking off and the audience keeps getting smaller. Most other music is noise.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/14/2014 8:30:12 AM     (No. 9965482)

"...a good, thumpy bass..."

One of my own faves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gzG7bPRZvMk

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/14/2014 8:32:28 AM     (No. 9965485)

I notice that ads/commercials almost always use music from the 60s and 70s as background. No Ludacris (who ever that is) or Katy Perry in them. Jimi Hendrix is still used in car ads and he´s been dead since 1970.
Country music is dead with all the ´country rappers´ out there now. Country Music awards won´t see old troubadours like Alan Jackson, George Strait, Merle Haggart and Dwight Yoakum sitting in the front row for awards anymore. It´s all gone to bad haircuts and tattoos with bad dressers prancing on stage doing rapper hand gestures with no singing or playing of instruments.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Redbone, 8/14/2014 8:39:20 AM     (No. 9965498)

Charlie Manson wrote about this 35 years ago in his self titled book. It was probably written about long before that. It gets boring watching each new generation discover the same old thing as if it is something startlingly new and profound.

I suspect that pop music ebbs and flows. Not much good music out now but there was a lot in the 90s that I still listen to. And of course the 60s. 70´s was okay then nothing for awhile until the 90s.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: toddh, 8/14/2014 9:58:16 AM     (No. 9965611)

Soundcloud. More free (as in "given away") good music released every day, in every genre, than there is time to listen to it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 8/14/2014 11:05:10 AM     (No. 9965714)

I´m in my early 70´s and I listen to mostly 50´s and 60´s oldies, but not all. Some were bad even then. But then, there´s always Elvis!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 8/14/2014 11:16:00 AM     (No. 9965741)

Nessun Dorma
Mi Bambino Carro
Somos Novios
Leona Lewis doing ´Somewhere Over the Rainbow´
Joe Bonnamassa
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