Re: [rumori] curve of sound innovation

From: Reggae Death Squad(tm) ("Reggae)
Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 13:15:44 PST

You know, I have been casually following this thread (i.e. I haven't read
every word, so forgive me if I am missing or contradicting something that
has already been said), but one thing that I have always felt is that
historically, music and art (including pop or mainstream music) has always
advanced the most during "tough tikes", when people really had something
to bitch about (i.e. Great Depression, Vietnam, etc). This is not a rule,
of course, but it seems to be a reasonable trend.

It's not that tough times directly make for sound innovation necessarily..
but when the public at large is motivated by something, new forms of music
and expression perhaps come into demand. And let's face it, as far as trhe
Western world is concerned, the last 10 years have not exactly given
the masses a whole lot of convincing reason to give a shit about anything
but money anyway. Maybe that could explain the perceptions on this thread
about lack of innovation over the last 10 years.

I have no hard evidence or convincing credentials to back this up, and I
am sure it will not stand up in a court of law, but I just toss it out
there as an thought... :-)

By the way, this whole thread reminds me of an old Onion article:

Hammer Presley (
Spokesmodel - Reggae Death Squad(tm)

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