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The Underground Rock Scene of the 80s and the 90s

August 14, 2021
Vaishali Adwant

Two extremes in the rock genre began in the 80’s following the 90’s rock scene until pop genre ruled the charts with Britney Spears, Christina Auguliera, and Robin Williams, and the ilk. The freedom of expression through the rock music genre saw its way beyond the forbidden, singing about obnoxious fantasies, dark themes, and sadness. Nirvana makes Kurt Cobain the most celebrated discography of depression, Lithium, and all everything that is wrong in the world only to make you think and ponder why were these Punk grunge, and rock artists even famous when their compositions sounded amateurish with guitar and synth in the background. You could come up with a tune sound much better than Cobian or Bowie.

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My blog is scared to me as is music, art, and creativity. Therefore, I am going to flag the gory truths of what influenced the underground ’80s and ’90s rock scene which was majorly influenced by occultists. When you go down in the history and dig deeper, you will only find darkness in the name of ’80s underground rock, punk, and grunge music.

It makes you wonder if The Beatles, especially their lead vocalist, John Lennon was making a facade of spirituality turning back to his addiction and violence which defy the essence of spirituality. At least, his lyrics were not as blashphemous as other grunge and punk artists who glorified darkness and misanthropy. That is nothing to sing and dance about, when your lyrics describe hideous and darkness that does not take the human race to a higher realm, you probably need to question your choices, what you are listening to.

The ’80s accepted novelty in any form ushered from the conservative and retro ’70s era. Masses were not spiritually aware and made a god of Kurt Cobian who was influenced by an occultist. Unlike today where most can tell good from evil, the ’80s underground scene was a motley of experiments with faith, beliefs, ideologies, and music.

Today you might not want to sit through a few seconds of the ’80s punk and grunge rock music that had nothing motivational to give to the world through music. The iconic David Bowie was a known occultist whose music and lyrics of a few tracks could make you wonder how was he accepted as an influential music icon. The underground scene of rock was sacrilegious, distasteful making you wonder why was angst, pain, and immorality a music genre. It’s not music anymore, it’s a siren song, nothing good for your ears, mind, heart, and the soul.

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Punk, Hard Rock, And Metalcore

Hard rock and metal entered the scene with electric guitars, high octane compositions making rock ballads and rock and roll take a back seat. The lyrics got caustic, deriding ideologies that didn’t ring a bell with the artists. Unlike The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and the ilk, they didn’t have optimism and hope to offer to the world creating a whirlpool of Prozac-nation of those who binged on depression. Nirvana’s lead vocalist Kurt Cobian had a tragic death, but unlike John Lennon, he was not a spiritual artist who wanted peace in the world. His music and lyrics spewed misanthropy, which makes me wonder why was he an influential icon in the grunge scene. Wouldn’t you want to tell the world to love each other and be compassionate through music? Cobain’s ideologies were rather screwed and twisted for an artist and a musician.

The typical punk sub genres were particularly disturbing without a rhyme or meaning you couldn’t resonate with in your day-to-day life or even give it a thought. They didn’t make you think because their intent was to rebel fundamental human values for artistic expression or glorify darkness of the other worlds that defy spiritual faith. Would you still listen to proto-glam-Oi! Punk? I don’t think so! The art and music genre died its natural death opening avenues to newer rock, punk, and metal portmanteaus like U2, Metallica, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Guns And Roses, while still celebrating The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, and more.

What is saddening to see is the treatment of music in the ’80s rock and roll scene that seems to have influences from Occultists of that time. ‘ Doing as you please’ was a new thought in the ’80s that was urshered into the ’80s after a conservative ’60s and ’70s that was afraid to adopt novel ideologies and lacked spiritual awareness like we do today to tell good from evil.

It was the age of experiment with music, ideologies, and masses accepted anything that seemed ‘cool’ and ‘unheard of’ without a conscious evaluation. Today you cannot sit through for a few seconds through most of the punk and grunge bands that sang blasphemy making a mockery or deriding spiritual faith. The lyrics stonewalled the existence of virtues and higher ideals, which is just sad for the artists as well as those who seem to love the noise and give it a name of punk and hard rock.

Evolution Of Underground ’80s Rock Sub Cultures

The underground rock scene evolved from the cult punk rock to hard and metalcore. The Blink182, Audioslave, Breaking Benjamin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc sang about the effect of expectations, dysfunctional and broken families, and love themes that were more realistic than romaticized. The pop and synth punk was bearable without the noisy compositions and the profane lyrics. The punk scene of the ’80s pretty much celebrated profanity making you worry about the taste in music and its effect on your psyche.

With pop punk and synth portmanteaus, the profanity was toned down in this genre esthetic. Melodic death metal and the reign of Swedish rock metal bands mixed growling, dark lyrics, with symphonies. Good to the ears, but not to the soul if you care what they are singing about.

It’s sad to see how creative arts like film making, music, or any form of visual arts are used to depict morbid theories and ideologies that defy sacredness and spirituality in the name of art just because art is a discipline that lets you express yourself without bias or restriction; and these are the moribund artists who have abused the essence of art as a platform to invite deviousness in a realm that celebrates love, compassion, joy, togetherness, and oneness of the universe.

As a young adult or teen you wouldn’t be able to see the repurcurssions of this gory music, but I think the underground rock scene of ’80s messed up too many younger minds introducing their impressionable minds to ghoulish ideologies. You do not want to be a messed up teen growing into an adult with skewed ideologies that stop you from seeing the beauty of life and the purpose of mankind. The cult that started in the ’80s is a testimony of making a conscious choice of the kind of music you listen to because it affects your subconscious mind. So, make a good choice that brings good feelings, hope, encouragement, and optimism.

Alternative Rock And Metal From The ’90s

You could say the ’80s was a dark era influenced not by spirituality but darkness and was transforming for good entering the ’90s where the pop genre rules and alternative rock and metal bands brought a sense of freshness expressing myraid emotions through music breaking the conventions of how music was made and composed.

Bush, Chumbawamba, Duran Duran, Coldplay, Vertical Horizon, Oasis, Red Hot Chillie Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, Snowpatrol, and many more. The American rock bands had more negativity and pessimism which completely defied the ideologies and music of Brit Rock bands like Travis, Suede, Maniac Street Preachers, etc. Rock music has evolved since the ’80s and is no more about Satanic ideologies and celebrates individualism and free-spirited gumption.

A Cup Of Coffee, Light Drizzling, Good Book, And Travis Discography

August 20, 2020
Vaishali Adwant

It’s early morning, you have a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and Travis playing in the background to set an unhurried pace. Dewy-eyed songs that celebrate¬† moments of life through lyrics, rhythm, and composition, paved its way for a newer version of Brit rock. There is not a feel of rebellion or the will to make a change. The Invisible Band sings about love, emotions and complications in relations, self-doubt, self-denial, and myriad emotions you could feel about yourself and the person you love. The beauty of flouncing through knotted feelings of your beloved composed from lamenting sonatas of the subconscious makes everyday life welcoming or maybe not.

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Why Does It Always Rain On Me

I love Travis because they are sing about real things we experience in life without the defense of internationalization. They are not trying to make a point or stay blissfully optimistic singing about all nice stuff about life. The moments of desolation of your life could still feel bearable and put a smile on your face because you can relate to Why Does It Always Rain On Me? Didn’t you ever feel out of place just like the protagonist in this song? Life is not all sunshine. You can sing about the grey shades without feeling intense as you let go off those painful moments.

Sing Even When There Is No Hope

Sing has always been my favorite. Reminds me of my teen days, the time that decided that rock genre is forever what I relate to. You could be 70 and not find ‘Sing’ a song from the days of yonder. Your emotions mature as you grow listening to Travis. In your journeys, pass times, happy, and sad times, they are with you, soothing you. Turn is about changing yourself for better.

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Re-Offender From The Land That People Forgot

Re-offender is what most of us go through in relations and how we get fooled being abused emotionally over and over in the name of love. Sometimes, the offender is not even sorry, and you pick up pieces of your broken spirit and soul and compel yourself to love life, because you tell yourself, your life is more precious than all the hurt and pain caused. Life is precious enough to learn to find meaning regardless of how bruised you have been in the name of love and everything else.

Write To Reach You

When you love someone so much, logic overrides emotions no matter how things go wrong so you Write To Reach You. We all have had these moments where you are still in love even though there is no logical reason to do with all the chaos and complications. Maybe because something about being in love with the person felt so good, it is waiting to overlook all the wrongs despite feeling hopeless. We all have been there, haven’t we?

An adorable song about seeing your newborn wishing there were more rainbows than sunshine and rains. My eyes is the best song about welcoming your newborn into this world. They write about political situations across the world with The Beautiful Occupation and how we can’t do much about it. Side because s*** happens and we can sing about it and not let it bother us. I love this song because they write about being happy with what you have because life is a circle and all of us experience same emotions which makes us all equal.

Love Will Come Through

Love Will Come Through when you feel dreaded of loving someone knowing not what consequences may come or where it may lead you. Love will come through, its just waiting for you!And hours go by listening to the idyllic melodic fete of Travis.

Philosophical Rock Bands With Gumption That Make You Think As You Sing

July 18, 2020
Vaishali Adwant

philosophical rock bandsRock music and sub genres are the most misunderstood for their in-your-face attitude, offensive lyrics, and blasphemy. Rock bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Travis, and the list goes on speak about meaningful and deeper philosophies of life that make you think beyond the mundane hoopla. If we were only to exist without experiencing everything passionately, we are not giving ourselves the scope to venture into paths of newer wisdom and a way of life. Freedom of spirit is the paradigm of most of the philosophical rock bands that let you experience life, love, and relations deeply. The Beatles spirituality celebrated existential transcendence with their music making you sing along to the rhythm of oneness of the universe.

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Free-Spirited And Unrestrained

Living an unrestricted life of putting vulnerabilities on your sleeve takes evolution from within to get you there, and reach a realm in your mind and subconscious that sets yourself free from tapestry of distorted emotions arising from toxic attachments. We are humans, as living beings, we attach ourselves to people and things leading to melancholy away from the harmony the soul yearns to experience.

Music And Lyrics With An Ideation

Rebellion is a philosophical struggle found in them music and lyrics of Metallica, singing about realities of life without viewing them from rose tinted glasses. The essence of freedom that splits away from illusion of reality is the crux of most of their songs. When you start making sense of situations, you cannot be deceived by illusions of appearances and look deeper. Metallica uses musical instruments from across the globe to create a blend of dulcet and energizing compositions.

Deep Emotions And Realms

Metallica has an artistic philosophy in its own right singing about deeper and darker emotions, an elegy with an edge of philosophy that does not drown in darkness of melancholy. Their lyrics have an unnamed feeling taking a view at the world that fills their mind with the rust of hatred still finding a reason to be alive. They do not sugarcoat the view of the world in their philosophical lyrics.

Transcendental Rock Music And Consciousness

Kulashekar is doused in Krishna consciousness singing about the essence of elements that make the cosmos. Tattva and Govinda have simple lyrics but the composition takes your mind to a different realm. John Lennon singing about wanting oneness in the world through music is a dream that many dream about in this apocalyptic age. Green day has a strong take on the political philosophy.

Universal Love And Peace

All The Same by Sick Puppies talks about the beauty of love and oneness, an ideal world filled with love, compassion, and acceptance when you love someone deeply without wanting to fix or control them. It takes a broader view where there is no scope for a social control based on ethnicity, language, or community. An ideal world where everybody celebrates their way of life. Their songs sing about myriad things that life is made up of like success through chaos and misery. They also sing about the rebellion in being individualistic that could take one to the coffin for being themselves and living by with an archetype gumption.

Every rock band sings about deeper philosophies, not necessarily that speak about the higher realms alone but also about the mundane thought patterns, feelings, and emotions felt in our lives in different situations. The list is endless if you have to talk about how Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and many other bands changed the perceptions of people through their music, lyrics, and philosophy.

Shower Yourself Some Pixie Dust With The Magical Brit Rock-Pop Bands

September 7, 2019
Vaishali Adwant

Pride Of Manchester - The Top 100 Manchester Bands

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Could Hurt And Pain Truly Stunt You?

Have Defamation And Failures Been The Bolt From The Blue?

Would You Open Up Your Soul To Explore The New?

Again Feel Fresh As a Dew?

Pour Some Pixie Dust On You…and Binge on To Brit Rock Melodies To Eternity…

Transitioning through the slim veil of emotional defence to emotional freedom, everything inside you is changing with a rhythm of Keanes’ Everybody’ Changing, not necessarily a heartbreak, or hurt painful enough to stunt you, but pain, hurtful enough to make you evolve, love yourself not out of motive but wanting to experience life because you have been showed with the pixie dust of Brit Rock bands reminding you the meaning of love, material, spirituality, relations, through the song and lyrics of The Beatles, Keane, Love Bites and Hysteria of Def Leppard, or maybe if you are musically living your daemons singing Ozzy Ozbourne, the choice is yours, or may be climb up the wonder-wall of Oasis.

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Transcendental Alternative Rock

Feel the universe within with Kulashaker’s Govinda, or sing to eternity humming the discography of The Rolling Stones. If love for material is all left in you, let music remind you the priceless side to life Brit Rock bands make you fathom with music tapes-tried with lyrics. Turn on the playlist like a good habit, listening to the motley gumption from Travis celebrating with Sing, knowing Love Will Come Through, and feel Undone With Duran Duran when your heart wants to be nothing but the melodist composing your own tune and rhythm of life.

Ideologies, Alternative Rock Bands, Brit Rock

Love, lost in the contest of life, lost and found in music, art, and finer artefacts, we have forgotten we need love, because we are not mortal machines covered with lacy doily, saying the world all is pretty carrying a heart turned stone-cold and frozen. Let music melt you, make you shed some tears of joy without relevance or meaning…coz just being is priceless.

You do have a new place to go in your wandering mind and soul, endlessly searching for new avenues, older paths revisited with newer thoughts and emotions, and gumption where the past does not want to look dreary, not shed a tear of regret because music and art sojourns you through time back and forth, and makes everything magical.

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