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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.

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

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.

Universal Cultural Impact Of 80s New Wave British Rock Bands

August 23, 2019
Vaishali Adwant

The Beatles pioneered the rock scene in London in the 60’s and created a cultural impact since the 70’s through the 80’s unto eternity. They evinced through their music and lyrics of what true rock culture and the essence of music is;¬† about individualism, free-thinking, liberated ideologies, and universal love. While most of the American rock bands sang about intense negative experiences, emotions, and thoughts with no subtlety, The Brit rock bands of 80’s altered the entire rock scene and formed a portmanteau of new wave rock music that sang about a motley of emotions to their depth.

The Beatles had a cultural impact worldwide asking for peace and transcending through higher realms of spirituality evolving every aspect of emotion with realistic redolence. The Beatles sang about living in the past memories of someone you loved, Hey Jude is a love song dedicated to John Lennon and Yoko’s relationship, Dear Prudence about the hope of a sunny new day, and so forth. The new wave Brit rock bands explored emotions, ideologies, and feelings with prudence and harmony. There is expressionism, openness that people loved to hear and sing about in their music and lyrics. There is a reason you can still relate to what The Beatles and most of the Brit rock bands sang about.

The Pink Floyd broke all the conventions and orthodoxies of then puritan British era and though beyond confirming education, spoke about many things that matter in life with fearless openness to change the ideologies of people for good. Music opens your soul to real wisdom unbounded and limitless. The music of Brit rock lets you care less about what the society has to say or think and let you be yourself thinking originally, processing every idea to reach a higher realm.

But not everyone in the world is looking for a higher realm, and that’s alright as long as you find peace in what you do and do good for yourself and others, your reach is good enough. Pink Floyd might have not always sung about ideologies and emotional dioramas with a rebellious perspective, but they did put thought in their lyrics and make the world sing along with them.

They influenced the world with original perspectives which the world needed to sing about, and dwell into. Nirvana sadly contradicted the essence of the name of their band and sang about depressive things in the world which unfortunately lead to the sad demise of Kurt Cobain. Well, you can always choose the genre of rock music depending on your mood.

Duran Duran ushered novelty in the Brit rock scene and paved a way for a blend of new wave, synth pop, and rock and harmonised intensity and rebellion of most of the American rock bands. You get a softer and symphonic genre of rock with Duran Duran, my personal and all time favourite, though there is always an endless favourite playlist in music, Duran Duran sings inside my soul. From Elvis Presley’s newfangled rock-n-roll to the sojourn of The Beatles and the new wave genre of Duran Duran, Brit rock evolved in styles, musical renditions, emotional expressionism, leaving behind the puritan era and breaking norms for better thoughts and emotional freedom.

These legends give you a reason to think and feel deeper emotions, and different perspectives through music. Ideologies which germinated through them and set a norm for eras to evolve and take a refuge in them.

 

 

The Cultural Impact Of 80s New Wave British Rock Bands

August 23, 2019
Vaishali Adwant

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The Beatles pioneered the rock scene in London in the 60’s and created a cultural impact since the 70’s through the 80’s unto eternity. They evinced through their music and lyrics of what true rock culture and the essence of music is;  about individualism, free-thinking, liberated ideologies, and universal love. While most of the American rock bands sang about intense negative experiences, emotions, and thoughts with no subtlety, The Brit rock bands of 80’s altered the entire rock scene and formed a portmanteau of new wave rock music that sang about a motley of emotions to their depth.

The Beatles Universal Cultural Impact Want For World Peace

The Beatles had a cultural impact worldwide asking for peace and transcending through higher realms of spirituality evolving every aspect of emotion with realistic redolence. The Beatles sang about living in the past memories of someone you loved, Hey Jude is a love song dedicated to John Lennon and Yoko’s relationship, Dear Prudence about the hope of a sunny new day, and so forth. The new wave Brit rock bands explored emotions, ideologies, and feelings with prudence and harmony. There is expressionism, openness that people loved to hear and sing about in their music and lyrics. There is a reason you can still relate to what The Beatles and most of the Brit rock bands sang about.

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Pink Floyd Defied Britain’s Puritanism

The Pink Floyd broke all the conventions and orthodoxies of then puritan British era and though beyond confirming education, spoke about many things that matter in life with fearless openness to change the ideologies of people for good. Music opens your soul to real wisdom unbounded and limitless. The music of Brit rock lets you care less about what the society has to say or think and let you be yourself thinking originally, processing every idea to reach a higher realm.

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But not everyone in the world is looking for a higher realm, and that’s alright as long as you find peace in what you do and do good for yourself and others, your reach is good enough. Pink Floyd might have not always sung about ideologies and emotional dioramas with a rebellious perspective, but they did put thought in their lyrics and make the world sing along with them.

They influenced the world with original perspectives which the world needed to sing about, and dwell into. Nirvana sadly contradicted the essence of the name of their band and sang about depressive things in the world which unfortunately lead to the sad demise of Kurt Cobain. Well, you can always choose the genre of rock music depending on your mood.

Evolution of Alternative Rock

Duran Duran ushered novelty in the Brit rock scene and paved a way for a blend of new wave, synth pop, and rock and harmonised intensity and rebellion of most of the American rock bands. You get a softer and symphonic genre of rock with Duran Duran, my personal and all time favourite, though there is always an endless favourite playlist in music, Duran Duran sings inside my soul. From Elvis Presley’s newfangled rock-n-roll to the sojourn of The Beatles and the new wave genre of Duran Duran, Brit rock evolved in styles, musical renditions, emotional expressionism, leaving behind the puritan era and breaking norms for better thoughts and emotional freedom.

These legends give you a reason to think and feel deeper emotions, and different perspectives through music. Ideologies which germinated through them and set a norm for eras to evolve and take a refuge in them.

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