The other day I was listening to music that was popular during my middle school and high school years. Every once in a while I play a few and they make me smile. Some of the songs make me wonder why I ever thought they were cool, and others take me back to when Doc Martens were cool, I wore baggy jeans and long sleeved thermal shirts under printed T's. I was an artsy mix of grunge and skater-look… scrunge? (I expect some royalties for that.) Boy did my parents love those years.
You see, now I have a problem. Quite a few of these songs, even the groups are now considered "Classic Rock".
That can't be. I know Classic Rock. I grew up listening to Classic Rock and Oldies. You know, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Eagles, The Byrds, The Doors, Cream, Chuck Berry, America, The Beach Boys… My dad and I would be out running errands on a Saturday singing along to all the songs. He would change the words and I would always say, "Daaaad that's not how it goes!"
Groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, Collective Soul, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M, etc. aren't really what I'd consider "classic". They were Alternative in the 90's. Don't even get me started on the 80's.
Okay, I still love Classic Rock but this newer classification bringing music from the 80's and 90's into the mix makes me laugh. I guess there's a transition at some point. Classic Rock was new and modern once, and then it started to make my parents feel old.
It happens to the best of us.
While listening to an older song from the early 90's I found myself thinking, "Oh I love(ed) that song!" and then I realize kids right now don't have a clue who the group was – or is. They also don't know what an album/LP was. Heaven forbid!
Pshaw. Many probably don't even know what an 8-track is. What's that? You say my age is showing?
Let's put it all out there then.
Truth be known; I have an 8-track of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon as well as an LP of The Wall. I use to play the 8-track tape on an old stereo my dad had in his workshop and I absolutely loved it! We even had a turntable that I often played records on in our basement.
Now I'm off to listen to a mix of MP3's on my iPod.