Jazz (and some fusion), blues, rockability, rock and roll, doo-wop, beat, some '60s bubblegum pop, Motown, classic rock, classic folk, folk rock, garage rock, surf rock, British Invasion, psychedelic rock, some progressive rock, some glam rock, some comedy rock (eg. Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Weird Al Yankovic), post-punk (and some new wave/synthpop/new romantic), dream pop, powerpop, some Britpop, some alternative rock, some electronica (proper '70s electronica like Kraftwerk), some 8-bit, and some ambient.
I'm mostly into rock and jazz and their derivatives. With jazz, the '40s,'50s, and '60s do it for me: Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, etc. (Maddie and I would get along just fine in that respect).
When it comes to rock, anything from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s is fine. I can listen to pretty much anything from that period: from well-known bands and artists like Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Led Zeppelin, or Janis Joplin; obscure bands like Tages, Boston Tea Party, Fun & Games, Hudson-Ford, or The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band; to solo artists like Emmitt Rhodes or Joni Mitchell. Rock really flourished with the Summer of Love, Woodstock, and Isle of Wight. And I think the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s was a decade when rock achieved the pinnacle of greatness. The progression from rockability through rock and roll to rock was complete, rock developed a distinct sound separate from its predecessors, but at the same time it didn't completely cut itself off from its predecessors. '60s and '70s rock retains its country, folk, and blues roots, but it really comes into its own as a distinct music genre. Then, rock died down in the mid-'70s when it divided itself into soft and hard rock. Soft rock dominated the charts because it was more listener-friendly, but unfortunately soft rock is not really a genre that pushes the boundaries in any way. So rock music stood still for a while until post-punk came along in the late '70s. Punk and grunge were two genres that brought rock back to its roots and cleaned up the mess that was disco and '80s dance/new wave, respectively, but it was post-punk and alternative rock that really employed punk's ethos of DIY, building on punk's "back to basics" approach but producing more sophisticated melodies and lyrics. Sadly, many people consider post-punk to be an '80s genre when it isn't the case. Post-punk did produce many sub-genres in the '80s, eg. synthpop, new wave, but it's not really an '80s genre per se. It's much more of a '70s genre because it was conceived in the late '70s and it ended in the early '80s (1978-1982), with many post-punk bands transforming their sound into a more radio-friendly new wave sound. Much like rock in the '70s (d)evolved into soft rock, in the mid-'80s post-punk (d)evolved into new wave which, for better or worse, became synonymous with the sound of the '80s.
Progressive rock is a bit too pompous at times, but I like Gentle Giant and Roxy Music. I'm also selective when it comes to fusion, eg. I like Annette Peacock.
I don't like very many post-'70s music genres or artists. I'm one of those people who think that '80s music almost killed rock with its overproduced sound, its hair bands, its uninspired and repetitive melodies, and its arena rock, so I'm very careful about any and all '80s songs and CDs in my music collection. With '80s music, the line between good taste and kitsch is very thin, and most '80s songs sound like the drum line came from the same drum machine (listen to Stevie Nicks "I Can't Wait" to see what I mean).
A few genres I can't get into: indie and its derivatives, rap and hip hop, mainstream pop, dance, most disco (with the exception of two or three songs), Celtic music, arena rock, goth, new age, metal, ska, j-rock, post-rock, noise, trance, reggae. I can listen to reggae-flavored songs like Patti Smith's "Redondo Beach", but nothing really reggae.
Post by davemaycare on Jul 14, 2012 22:24:22 GMT -5
Just wondering if anyone out there could make a ML video with the song If Ever You're In My Arms Again by Peabo Bryson? I think that song fits Maddie's POV during the last three episodes of Season 5 even though it's a guy singing it. It could also fit with Season 4 David. If anyone here could make it I'd love to check it out if it's possible?
Post by davemaycare on Jul 23, 2012 0:08:57 GMT -5
I like oldies, 80s romance, really 80s anything. lol! I like some new stuff too but I don't like hip hop that much. Oh, another suggestion for a good ML video would probably If You Don't Know Me By Now by Simply Red of a Season 4 David. Lyrics sound perfect for what David might be thinking at that moment.