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Old 12-15-2019, 01:36 PM
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Which rock musicians' work is as exciting today as it was when they first began?


In my opinion, the quality of most rock music seems to fade after many years. Most, but not all.

But in your opinion, which rock musicians' work remains as exciting today as it did when they first began?

For me, that would be Queen. Not only are they one of the greatest bands of all time, but IMO, their music remains just as fresh and exciting today as it did when they first started recording - almost 50 years ago. What a fabulous band!
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Define exciting. Do you mean the band still produces high quality new music after 20+ years, or that even though the band hasn't made new music in 20+ years, the music they did do is still high quality?

If the latter, Led Zeppelin never gets old.

If the former, Michael Jacksons music was popular his whole life.

Edit; technically Michael Jackson wasn't rock though, so NM.
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Old 12-15-2019, 02:36 PM
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With the advent of 5.1 remixes, I'm hearing a bunch of old stuff with new ears and it sounds terrific. I'm spinning Be Bop Deluxe's Modern Music right now and Bill Nelson's wonderful melodic, shimmering guitars sound like they could've been recorded yesterday.

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Old 12-15-2019, 02:50 PM
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Do you mean the band still produces high quality new music after 20+ years, or that even though the band hasn't made new music in 20+ years, the music they did do is still high quality?
From the OP's example of Queen, I suspect he means the latter, though I think the former is a more interesting question.

Although I'm tempted to take the thread title literally at face value and "cheat" by suggesting either musicians who just started very recently, or those whose early work wasn't very exciting at all.
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Define exciting. Do you mean the band still produces high quality new music after 20+ years, or that even though the band hasn't made new music in 20+ years, the music they did do is still high quality?
Heh Heh. I suppose I mean you find the music as exciting today as you did when they first started many years ago.

Unfortunately, so many of the best Rock musicians are not able to produce any music today.

I love The Doors music just as much today as I did back in the 70s. The same goes for Janis, Jimi, Allman Bros, CCR with Ronnie, Aaliyah, Kurt (of course), Gram Parsons, etc.

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From the OP's example of Queen, I suspect he means the latter, though I think the former is a more interesting question.

Although I'm tempted to take the thread title literally at face value and "cheat" by suggesting either musicians who just started very recently, or those whose early work wasn't very exciting at all.
AFAIC, you are welcome to post whatever you would like to post.
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If it's the latter meaning, my answer is just about all of them. There's very little that I listened to as a youth that doesn't appeal to me today.

The one exception is The Doors. I was obsessed with them as a teen, but I find them almost unlistenable today. And Jim Morrison now strikes me as a pretentious not very bright twat. Nick Cave has taken shits with more talent than Morrison ever had. Nick beat heroin too.
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If it's the latter meaning, my answer is just about all of them. There's very little that I listened to as a youth that doesn't appeal to me today.

The one exception is The Doors. I was obsessed with them as a teen, but I find them almost unlistenable today. And Jim Morrison now strikes me as a pretentious not very bright twat. Nick Cave has taken shits with more talent than Morrison ever had. Nick beat heroin too.
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Though Eric Clapton's work before and after wasn't/isn't as exciting or interesting. He's finally become the modern day bluesman he always sought to be, but the 2 1/2 years being pushed to his limits by Jack and Ginger has never been equaled or surpassed.
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If it's the latter meaning, my answer is just about all of them. There's very little that I listened to as a youth that doesn't appeal to me today.

The one exception is The Doors. I was obsessed with them as a teen, but I find them almost unlistenable today. And Jim Morrison now strikes me as a pretentious not very bright twat. Nick Cave has taken shits with more talent than Morrison ever had. Nick beat heroin too.
You may be interested in a story I once heard from a fairly reliable source. I have no way of knowing whether it is true or not. But maybe someone here has also heard this?

Jim Morrison was attending some Hollywood party and Janis was also there. The two of them began to talk and after a few minutes Janis took an empty liquor bottle and smashed it across Jim's face. The person who told me this said they thought the reason was that she just found him to be a real asshole.

I always figured that she might have let him know that she was interested in some kind of romantic liason and he let her know that he was not interested in a rather blunt way. Seems to me that would have done it.

I've always wondered if that really happened. This person would have had no reason to lie about it. But I also figured that if it was true, I would have heard about it from other sources.
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:27 PM
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after a few minutes Janis took an empty liquor bottle and smashed it across Jim's face.
This makes it sound like a bottle coming in contact with a human face would do more damage to the bottle than to the face, which is the part I'm dubious about.
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Alice Cooper. He's out there with the Hollywood Vampires and releasing new stuff and touring. It makes me laugh (in a joyful way) knowing rock 'n roll is still strong with Alice Cooper.
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I still find most of the music I listened to as a child in the 80s as exciting today as I did when I first heard them. Among them:

Guns N Roses
Metallica(their 80s work)
KISS
Skid Row
Motley Crue
Warrant
Whitesnake
Poison
Def Lepard
Van Halen

I am a big fan of Hair Metal then and now. I think the music itself holds up pretty well today but I admit its hard watching their videos produced in the 1980s because the fashion and hairstyles (the whole Hair Metal "look") looks incredibly dated and cringeworthy to me now.
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I'm not sure what OP is looking for. Artists whose new material is as good as what they were doing back in the day? Or stuff from back then that still grabs us?
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In the folk rock genre, Bob Dylan. And Bruce Springsteen will never get old.
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A more serious answer: for me, it largely depends on whether an artist was treated as part of the Classic Rock genre by the Classic Rock stations themselves.

Those that were, got tremendously overplayed, and artists and songs I used to love, I simply can't stand to hear one more time. (I stopped listening to classic rock stations altogether 3-4 years back on account of this.)

But artists that I used to love that weren't included in that genre still feel fresh.
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Good music never gets old. I'm listening to music from almost the whole history of recorded popular music, the oldest music being the oldest blues recordings from 1923/24. So much of the music I listen to is from before my birth in 1968, and much is from the sixties/early seventies when I was still to young to be conscious of it. The music that often sounds the most dated to me is from the eighties, my formative years which are often cited as the times that define your musical taste for the rest of your life, but somehow 80's production values still haunt me .
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Good music never gets old. I'm listening to music from almost the whole history of recorded popular music, the oldest music being the oldest blues recordings from 1923/24. So much of the music I listen to is from before my birth in 1968, and much is from the sixties/early seventies when I was still to young to be conscious of it. The music that often sounds the most dated to me is from the eighties, my formative years which are often cited as the times that define your musical taste for the rest of your life, but somehow 80's production values still haunt me .
There were several bands from the 80s that are often called "hair bands". I enjoyed their music when it first came out. But I can no longer stand listening to it today.

The reason? It may be due to overplay or it may just be due to their songs not holding up over time. I really don't know. But I think both those factors can cause people to no longer want to hear some music after a time.
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I'm going to go with the "artist's new music is as interesting as the old music" question and say David Byrne. From Talking Heads to American Utopia. American Utopia on Broadway was excellent. I went twice in three days.
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There are a couple of artists that I used to listen to all the time that I rarely do any more:

Elton John
Styx
Probably Queen actually

But, most of the artists I loved many years ago I still listen to some:

Blue Oyster Cult
Kansas
Rush
Yes

But, there are newer artists I listen to a lot as well:

Macy Gray
Janelle Monet
The Killers
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There are early rockers whose output sounds dated because of production values of the time (think Elvis with a typical chorus of middle-aged-sounding voices in the background). Sometimes it's downright embarrassing (Bill Haley & The Comets).

For me, Chuck Berry and Little Richard's music still carries the energy and excitement they brought to rock n' roll.
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There are a couple of artists that I used to listen to all the time that I rarely do any more:

Elton John
Styx
Probably Queen actually

But, most of the artists I loved many years ago I still listen to some:

Blue Oyster Cult
Kansas
Rush
Yes

But, there are newer artists I listen to a lot as well:

Macy Gray
Janelle Monet
The Killers
I don't know Janelle Monet, but Macy Gray and the Killers are newer artists? I guess we're all getting old .
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I don't know Janelle Monet, but Macy Gray and the Killers are newer artists? I guess we're all getting old .
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Lots and lots of bands, really. I can think of dozens. Aerosmith's early work remains incredible. U2's early stuff is still outstanding. The Tragically Hip's first four albums are mesmerizing.

My wife and I went to a Classic Albums Live performance of Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" last month. Those songs remain awesome.

Some music HAS dated, of course.
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When I read the thread title, I thought it was asking which musicians continue or continued to be as vital and exciting in their later work as they were in their eralier work. By that definition, I'd go with people like Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave.

As far as what I listened to when I was young, I may occasionally like hearing a specific song from then, but my tastes have changed vastly, especially once I started to consider lyrics as important.
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Todd Rundgren has never stopped pushing himself. Since his heyday, every album has been different and most of them have been in different genres. Most people haven't heard anything he's done after the 1970s albums like Something/Anything, A Wizard/A True Star and Todd but he's done amazing albums like Acapella which he toured with an 11 voice choir and no instruments. When asked to re-record his "hits" he rearranged them into Bossa Nova/Exotica style and toured the album with a Tiki bar set up on a theater stage and played to a dozen tables set up on the rest of the stage.

I'm a huge fan, and I have no idea what his next album will be like.
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A more serious answer: for me, it largely depends on whether an artist was treated as part of the Classic Rock genre by the Classic Rock stations themselves.

Those that were, got tremendously overplayed, and artists and songs I used to love, I simply can't stand to hear one more time. (I stopped listening to classic rock stations altogether 3-4 years back on account of this.)

But artists that I used to love that weren't included in that genre still feel fresh.
A while back, somebody on Facebook commented that, in 2021, we'll be closer to 2070 than 1970. I replied, "And the classic rock stations in 2070 will still have the same playlist."
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