Rock n roll is dead; long live rock

25May10

Good grief, modern popular music is lame.

I could go on ad nauseum about the various signs that rock n roll in particular is all-but-dead, but I’d like to focus on one enormous signal that has arisen in Britain.

The Rolling Stones recently released a re-issue of its much-beloved 1972 masterpiece, Exile on Main Street.

The album, includes remastered versions of the original tracks and some outtakes and previously unreleased material from the album sessions.

It hit the charts in the UK at #1.

Now, I am a massive Stones fan and Exile is my favourite work of theirs. So, I might be inclined to say it’s great to see the album still garnering so much attention nearly 40 years after its initial release.

Or, more accurately, I might see the success of the re-release as further evidence that rock n roll has declined in quality and popularity so much that only titans like the Stones can top the charts anymore.

When was the last time a newer rock n roll band — and I mean the real deal, not pop-flavoured nonsense like Coldplay dishes out — hit the top of the charts anywhere in the Western world?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see a classic album get the acclaim it deserves. But where are today’s Rolling Stones and when will they be releasing their own Exile?

Something tells me I may be waiting a while.

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