Granted, there are a lot of references to events and musicians of the next decade in that song. I'm pretty sure the "quartet" is the Beatles, and the "joker" is Bob Dylan.
The Wikipedia article offers no argument, it only states that as "fact." The Wikipedia article, at any rate, is wrong. My argument doesn't fall against a page that offers utterly no argument, only assertion.
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That's a matter of opinion and not the topic of this thread.
I hadn't really thought of this in terms of "rock is dead"; however, the last few years have seen such a dearth of good rock music that it seems like radio stations are being forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel. The best rock song these days wouldn't even approach the same level as the worst Kiss song.
People have been complaining about the stuff played on the radio for a looooong time now.
From 1972, hippie-Jesus-Freak Larry Norman's Reader's Digest off of the "Only Visiting This Planet" album (1972):
"Love never needs time. But friendship always needs time. More and more and more time, up to long past midnight." -- The Crime of Captain Gahagan
That was a last gasp. Then the labels had to beat grunge with a dead horse and we got a hundred uninspired knockoff bands.
Originally Posted by fia
Ha. I first read the OP as:
Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered by Gene Simmons of the rock group Kiss.
Anyway, commercialized pop is often trashy and vapid, but there is so much independent artistic work out there which we have more access to now that the internet allows more freedom than when music was entirely controlled by record companies. There is so much out there that most people aren't aware of at all, but is intelligent and deep.
Kiss was not horribly bad and certainly not the end of rock music. They were late 70s and early 80s. Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Winger, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zepplin, Dream Theatre, Motley Crue, Faith No More. These were good bands.
Independent artistic work is not very relevant if nobody ever hears about it.
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