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    They say we like the music from our middle school and high school years by and large so I won't get into specific years. Mine go way before and well after that. Instead I'll just say I like real arrangements and instruments. Good sax, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, strings, etc. What I've heard in the last few years sounds like it was turned out of a factory, no real instruments and it sounds so cheap.

    Remember when an instrumental would get on the charts? Then somebody discovered what I learned a long time ago, little girls don't like instrumentals because they can't sing along!

    At age 72 someone asked Dick Clark if he liked the music of the day. I thought his answer was great. He said he didn't think they were making records to appeal to the average 72 year old!
    Out of the money demo...all the way out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Sheridan View Post
    They say we like the music from our middle school and high school years by and large so I won't get into specific years. Mine go way before and well after that. Instead I'll just say I like real arrangements and instruments. Good sax, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, strings, etc. What I've heard in the last few years sounds like it was turned out of a factory, no real instruments and it sounds so cheap.
    I'd share that sentiment, and for me I'd expand upon the idea that we favor the music we heard in middle and high school to say I liked most everything that came before middle school and after high school! In my case that was roughly 1973 to 1979. Popular music had seemed to go into the doldrums during that time. There were a few exceptions of course but disco really got me down, though some of my best friends loved it. I spent my high school years listening to a lot of 50s and 60s music with a few then-current acts like ELO thrown into the mix. After 1979, alternative, new-wave and other genres caught my interest. By the mid 80s I began to get into country which had moved back towards a more traditional sound unlike the Urban Cowboy phase. (By the way, Boy George and Culture Club made some incredible pop music IMO but I just couldn't buy any of his albums. Let's just say I didn't like his cover art!)

    By the 90s, my capacity to really get into popular music had reached its limit. My head couldn't really absorb any more. That isn't to say there's been good music made afterwards, there has. I think we reach the "been there, done that, got the T-shirt" phase and we become jaded.

    I think a lot of today's music could be improved by de-cluttering the arrangements, not relying so much on synthesizers, and end the extreme over-compressing trend we've had to endure the last ten years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Sheridan View Post
    They say we like the music from our middle school and high school years by and large so I won't get into specific years. Mine go way before and well after that. Instead I'll just say I like real arrangements and instruments. Good sax, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, strings, etc. What I've heard in the last few years sounds like it was turned out of a factory, no real instruments and it sounds so cheap.

    Remember when an instrumental would get on the charts? Then somebody discovered what I learned a long time ago, little girls don't like instrumentals because they can't sing along!

    At age 72 someone asked Dick Clark if he liked the music of the day. I thought his answer was great. He said he didn't think they were making records to appeal to the average 72 year old!
    Dick was always hipper than others his age.

    Last night I watched a rerun of "Hot in Cleveland" that I had taped and not watched yet. The girls are all around age 50 except for Betty White's character who confesses to being close to 90. I couldn't believe they formed a rock band. All four of them! When Joy quit because they didn't like her attitude, they didn't have a good lead singer but the remaining girls came up with a solution. Auto-tune! They had fun with it but that is one of the most annoying sounds there is. I was pleased the contest they entered banned auto-tune. Joy felt sorry for them as they struggled and she went up on stage in the middle of the song. Now despite being about the same age as those girls, I never liked that loud rock and roll garbage. Get off my lawn!

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    Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?

    Thoughty2 breaks it down in this 20 minute YouTube Video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVME_l4IwII

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