In the years I have been a music fan, music has evolved exponentially. This weekend, we take a look at some one hit wonders released ten years apart to make the case.
We can start off in 1974. The band is from Mobile Alabama, but spent the greater part of the 1970s making quality album rock in Macon Georgia, recording on Capricorn. I saw them once in 1975 or 76, I cannot really remember which.
One of the epic songs of the 70s, this tune reminds me of happier and more care-free days, a time when life seemed much simpler than it does today. I don't know who these people in the video were, but I think they bear out what I am trying to say. It certainly shows a happy time in their lives:
As the world transitioned, we left the laissez-faire 70s for higher tech at a faster pace. The eclectic 80s became a realization of many of the things we imagined, in the years leading up to the decade and the music was no exception.
I think this next song illustrates my point.
I had left Europe almost 4 years prior to the release of this tune, but I would bet the dance clubs were playing this one, quite often.
The transition from the 80s to the 90s was a bit more subtle, but I thought music took a darker turn in some respects. Some bands found themselves serving a market of depressed teens and young twenty-somethings. This was the birth of alternative/grunge era and it became harder to appreciate many of the newer sounds. Despite the Prozac generation's making a sharp turn toward more pensiveness and introspective reflections, there were still some very good artists who rose out of the despair.
Here is a one-hit wonder from 1994, with a happy beat and words that will not cause one to need group therapy to survive.