POP QUIZ: What did a rock band used to be?
Macho tough-guy/tough-girl street gang!
Jagged lyrics, lost in lightning.
Once they were spectacle. Once they were Shock Rock: Look at Us!!!!!!!!
Now the old rebellion’s turned predictable convention – it’s Yawn Rock. We drum our fingers in their din, bored.
Yet the axiom remains: Music abhors a vacuum.
Where are the New Rebels? What does a generation do to reject its parents, to dump Society and Everything It Stands For on its ear?
Not hard to imagine. The first of tomorrow’s street-wild are beginning to appear today: the Super-Shock Bands of the Twenty-First Century.
You guessed it – house lights go dim right on time, stage lights come up. Instead of body-hurling, cannon-fired on stage, the rebels file aboard dressed in matching light-gray business suits. The business this evening, they yell silently, uncaring what the old guys expect, is music.
No throat-blasted screams, no cascades of fire onstage, no guitars smashed to splinters…no such like-my-dad nostalgia for the New Underground.
Rebel Rock, they call it, every chord original harmony, clear melodies haunting and pure, lyrics from poetries deeply known, sung so their audience catches every crystal word. The rebels, defying history, respect the folks who come to hear.
Everyone over 30 gets up and walks out disgusted, furious.
Crazy kids! How come every generation knows exactly what to do to enrage its elders?