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Universal Cultural Impact Of 80s New Wave British Rock Bands

August 23, 2019
Vaishali Adwant

The Beatles pioneered the rock scene in London in the 60’s and created a cultural impact since the 70’s through the 80’s unto eternity. They evinced through their music and lyrics of what true rock culture and the essence of music is;  about individualism, free-thinking, liberated ideologies, and universal love. While most of the American rock bands sang about intense negative experiences, emotions, and thoughts with no subtlety, The Brit rock bands of 80’s altered the entire rock scene and formed a portmanteau of new wave rock music that sang about a motley of emotions to their depth.

The Beatles had a cultural impact worldwide asking for peace and transcending through higher realms of spirituality evolving every aspect of emotion with realistic redolence. The Beatles sang about living in the past memories of someone you loved, Hey Jude is a love song dedicated to John Lennon and Yoko’s relationship, Dear Prudence about the hope of a sunny new day, and so forth. The new wave Brit rock bands explored emotions, ideologies, and feelings with prudence and harmony. There is expressionism, openness that people loved to hear and sing about in their music and lyrics. There is a reason you can still relate to what The Beatles and most of the Brit rock bands sang about.

The Pink Floyd broke all the conventions and orthodoxies of then puritan British era and though beyond confirming education, spoke about many things that matter in life with fearless openness to change the ideologies of people for good. Music opens your soul to real wisdom unbounded and limitless. The music of Brit rock lets you care less about what the society has to say or think and let you be yourself thinking originally, processing every idea to reach a higher realm.

But not everyone in the world is looking for a higher realm, and that’s alright as long as you find peace in what you do and do good for yourself and others, your reach is good enough. Pink Floyd might have not always sung about ideologies and emotional dioramas with a rebellious perspective, but they did put thought in their lyrics and make the world sing along with them.

They influenced the world with original perspectives which the world needed to sing about, and dwell into. Nirvana sadly contradicted the essence of the name of their band and sang about depressive things in the world which unfortunately lead to the sad demise of Kurt Cobain. Well, you can always choose the genre of rock music depending on your mood.

Duran Duran ushered novelty in the Brit rock scene and paved a way for a blend of new wave, synth pop, and rock and harmonised intensity and rebellion of most of the American rock bands. You get a softer and symphonic genre of rock with Duran Duran, my personal and all time favourite, though there is always an endless favourite playlist in music, Duran Duran sings inside my soul. From Elvis Presley’s newfangled rock-n-roll to the sojourn of The Beatles and the new wave genre of Duran Duran, Brit rock evolved in styles, musical renditions, emotional expressionism, leaving behind the puritan era and breaking norms for better thoughts and emotional freedom.

These legends give you a reason to think and feel deeper emotions, and different perspectives through music. Ideologies which germinated through them and set a norm for eras to evolve and take a refuge in them.

 

 

Free-Spirited Individualism Of Alternative Rock And Sub-Genres

August 18, 2019
Vaishali Adwant

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What is your worldly view? 

Is the sin of being too real your sinew?

Alternative rock rings the bell of your soul?

You are so undone, 

Originality is the religion you dole?

Show your flaws without fear…

Is your inner self, you wish to hear?

Are you too solemn to want to be pretty? Seeking your higher self through the no-nonsense, no-bullshit persona within the music and lyrics of Alternative rock and sub-rock genres. Is your nirvana searching for a deeper meaning? Willing to swim across the tides of tricksters, beguilers, and dissemblers? Evolving from the poltergeist chains of grunge rock as a stereotypical teen to sublime emotions of the classic rock ballads. A musical genre, a lifeline your heart beats to, living under its belly vicariously, to germinate into an eternal free spirit.

As depressed as Kurt Cobian relating to Nirvana, backstroking through identity crisis as a teen and taking penance in rebel of Linkin Park, mellowness of Bryan Adams, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, through the discography of Lynard Sknyard, Pearl Jam, and the list goes on.

When Pink Floyd overthrows conventional education, The Beatles pave a way for eternity exploring thoughts and emotions, Def Leppard singing a motley of meaningful things in life we experience. There is always more to love than sweetness and beautiful feelings. Love is the toughest thing to deal with when its real, coz love lets you discover your inner daemons and gives you strength to fight them off, because you want to love to the highest purity, breaking away all the flakiness.

Unbound to the ways of the world, living by your imperfections, flaws, gumption, learning and unlearning, Alternative rock is a wide spectrum of thoughts and emotions in poetry and lyrics with upbeat music score that ignites the realm within you. Discover yourself over and again in the musical fete of rock genres with a bang that screams to say anything but unreal.

For those who dare to wear vulnerabilities on their sleeve, and get up and go with a vastness in your soul, because you know that being unbound is your journey through different dimensions. Beyond the veil of superstitions, false faith, conditioned notions, lays a realm, the penultimate opening up your inner self destroying misleading ideologies, coz everything in life is too real to experience and keep evolving.

 

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