Could you listen to a 7 hour and 10 minute playlist of nothing but songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix?
Written by Cedric Lucas on 24 August 2022
Nah. I’d rather listen to seven hours of Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Young Thug, Ariana Grande, Drake, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, and of course, the undeniably brilliant Kanye Wes—
That list was so ridiculous I couldn’t even finish it! Oh, man…
No, this post wasn’t about comparing the old with the new, but maybe some young punk kids see this, and realize what truly great music looks and sounds like and do a little investigating of their own.
Because no one asked, I’ll throw a few more A-list f@ckers in for good measure:
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
The Beach Boys
Joni Mitchell…there are literally dozens more, but I have to stop somewhere.
Oh, and The Monkees.
Are any of you laughing because I put my Monks up in here? Well, the time has long since seen the so-called “pre-fab Four” be regarded as more than just a cynical cash-in on the mid-sixties pop landscape. With Michael Nesmith leading the revolt against the powers-that-be, they took control of themselves and made the music they wanted to make. If that ain’t rock and roll, I don’t know what is!
Let me tell you, seven hours of The Monkees is better than fifteen minutes of any of today’s “artists.” (And their fifteen minutes will hopefully, blessedly be up soon.)