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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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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.

Playlist For The Vinyl Records To Make A Comeback

November 14, 2020
Vaishali Adwant

Do rhythms stay in the beat of your heart and cradle your senses? Living in the moment, when soft rock from the 80s and 90s play in the background, what do you have in your mind? Laid back, not thinking about the next moment, will this be your everyday as you sail through the soothing compositions of soft rock and ballads.

Flying above chaos, disturbances, mishaps, setting your soul free from traps of dubiety. Non-nonchalance is a celebrated state of mind with Carpenters, Ray Charles, Journey, Carole King, and many more playing when your mind has nothingness to experience. Is your nirvana, without a feeling of wonder, desire, thought, cruising through time.

With not a care for tomorrow, for the moment is dovish. When tears are not hiking on your cheeks, fuss has no enroute to camp in your mind, lucid mind overtakes and the road taken to avenues in your mind awakened.

Barry Manilow

Love ballads of Barry Manilow in soft rock evoke every feeling you feel when in true love. Not just a feeling per se, but the things you talk about. Soothing compositions with musical conversational poetry is his style of songwriting and composition. “Even Now” talks about troubled relations, when you want to give love a second chance when you are stuck with the not-so-right person for you. Love is never a taboo when its true.

“Cant smile without you” expresses how you feel it hard to feel good without someone you love. Most of his songs have an old-school appeal which not everyone might relate to. Barry Manilow when your heart wants to sail through the time feeling pangs of love, lost, found, and endured.

Louis Amstrong and Ray Charles evergreen composition are soothing enough to mend a hooligan wandering in their listlessness if only they were made to listen to them on a vinyl record.

Perry Como

Easy rock before midnight anybody? Esthetic nox lulling you with Perry Comos discography, and you didn’t knew if you just want to pass the moment or sing-dance with brisk on your feet and a dimple on your cheeks.

 Journey РWhen You Love A Woman

Bring back the tapes with Journey. Playing on a stereo, just like the 80s. It turfs out the excess, doesn’t it? Ushering laid back and humming to their song and lyrics. Singing about love, anyway you want it, despair, searching for everything above intensity, and your world comes to a stand by wishing there was time travel, to journey back and forth through a musical eras.

Ben E King – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman

Carole King – Way Over Yonder

Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon

Tony Benette – Because Of You

Poets Of The Fall – lyrical ballads

May 28, 2020
Vaishali Adwant

poets of the fallDid you ever love someone to consume the poison of their thoughts and melancholy like an elixir that heals your misjudgments only to take you higher?Will you let anyone in to see your darker side having faith they will still love you, endlessly, understanding what builds your darker side that makes you mysteriously loving through all the poison inside wanting sweetness and love to drive away all the black bile destroying you from within. When you find love that lifts you higher than the somberness and brings you to light from darkness, you have a reason to celebrate everyday as the venom within weakens as the demons are shut with the sweetness of true love.

Poets of The Fall lyrical ballads walk you through the depths of emotions waiting to unveil themselves and set themselves free through the bonds of true love. When you find the heart that wants to listen endlessly without umpiring your thoughts, actions, or words for the heart has only known to love wanting to decipher the beauty of your soul, imbibing the poison of distorted emotions, action, and thoughts from the one you love so with such madness that fail to want to see if it drags you down, because your soul knows that you are only going higher consuming the venom of your love and taking them higher along with you.

True love is the toughest thing. Only true love gives you the drive to search within the others soul to fill it with eternal love and understanding they are yearning for, and your soul sees through the unspoken emotions, dysfunctional melancholy, and baffling episodes. True love is baffling because you are the temple of their thoughts, deciphering every good and complex occurrences diving deep in the ocean of their soul. Do you dare to love someone enough to see beyond their insanity without breaking down, even when words fail emotions, because your heart has only known to love their soul.

Did you ever have the courage to love someone so much that you felt that your life would me a ‘Carnival of rust‘ without loving them. Are you willing to see through the beauty of the soul covered in debris of bad experiences that only bled their trust leading to mishaps one after another. Does your soul yearn depth to want deep emotions that touch your soul and stir emotions and gumption never felt before? Love that lets you sail fearlessly through deeper and darker realms only to find profound like nothing can ever touch that place your mind and soul has reached within sheltering chaos only to soften it with loving kindness and potions of redolence.

When twisted dramas unfold, leaving you in jeopardy to whether to continue or shun, your spirit guides you to see through the beauty mired in bedlam in that none can see and take it to the moon. Did you ever dare to protect someone even when you have been feeling shit scared yourself but wanted only good for them because they are carrying a storm within you cannot relate to but can see them in pain through pursed lips and taciturn, frozen emotions, because you can hear them scream within when none cares to even give it a thought. It takes courage to love someone through their darkness and light. Do you dare to love? Do you want love coming to you like the morning dew? Love, where you do not wish to draw the line, because you accept willingly everything that is coming in the name of love.

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