Friday, May 6, 2011

Back In My Day...

... music was much better than it is today.  Yep.  I've become that guy.  But am I wrong?  No, I'm not.

The other day, "Zero" by Smashing Pumpkins came on the radio.  I hadn't heard the song in awhile, so when it hit my ears it was like a refreshing jungle oasis in the middle the desert.  I began thinking, "Nobody puts out songs this good today.  Sure, some of the music is great, but it can't compare to 90s alternative rock.  It just can't."

This thought was backed up 1000% by me changing the station at the conclusion of "Zero," and accidentally coming across a Nickelback song.

So which is it?  Are rock songs from the 1990s that much better than today's music OR does everyone feel that the music that came out during their developmental years is the cream of the crop?  What say you?

My mind can't even handle the debate.  I really think each decade/generation has valuable music, but that for rock music, the 1960s and 1990s are ridiculously hard to beat.  Hell, even bands like Pearl Jam or Stone Temple Pilots are still putting out music today that cannot compete with their catalog of the 1990s. 

Please weigh in- is music actually worse today than it was in the 90s or am I just bias because my birth year is so awesome?  I'll create a few example battles to start the debate, and I'll try to pick all songs that I like/love from the 90s and from more current years:

Green Day "Welcome To Paradise" vs. Green Day "21 Guns"

Blur "Song 2" vs. Coldplay "Violet Hill"

Stone Temple Pilots "Vasoline" vs. Foo Fighters "Rope"

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give It Away" vs. Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc."

Nirvana "In Bloom" vs. Muse "Uprising"

Radiohead "Just" vs. Cage The Elephant "Shake Me Down"

Oasis "Champagne Supernova" vs. Death Cab For Cutie "Soul Meets Body"

Toadies "Possum Kingdom" vs. White Stripes "Seven Nation Army"

This could probably go on all day.  Which songs win?  Does this small sample size tell us anything?  I'm not sure, but it is interesting to think about.

The 90s really did rule for rock music- but maybe some of today's music can compete.  What do you think?


GMoney said...

I think that you might be overrating the 90's a bit. It was great because it's what we grew up with. But it's nearly impossible to compare across decades which makes this confusing as shit.

Like, I would say that The White Stripes were just as good as anything coming from the 90's except Nirvana. But I could understand why people would disagree. It's maddening.

I guess what I would say here is "does it matter"? As long as you love what you do, who cares what others think? You like Hall and Oates while 99% of America would call you a homo for that. So what?

The only thing that is a fact is that country music is god-fucking-awful.

Tony B. said...

99% of America can suck it. Hall & Oates are awesome.

Thanks for adding to the discussion. It is nearly impossible to do this, just like it's nearly impossible to compare best sports teams across decades, but people do it all the time anyway.

I like the idea of bracketing songs against each other, though.

GMoney said...

It is not. 1998 Yankees and 1991 Redskins = best teams ever assembled!

Tony B. said...

Mark Rypien can't even say that with a straight face.

1998 Yankees were great, but you could still find a debate about them not even being the greatest Yankee team of all time.

Clarkster said...

I totally agree with you....sort of 90's alt rock was and is still awesome but we are biased because these were the songs of our youth we just can't shake em. I listen almost exclusively to the Third Eye Blind station on Pandora Cause i'm so sick of hearing gaga and nickelback.

Tony B. said...

Third Eye Blind is awesome. They are nice guys, too- though I met them before they were famous, so I guess ya never know.