the 1960s:The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones
Cliff Richards, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman’s Hermits
the 1970s The Roxie Glitters vs the Leather Metal Punks
The Bay City Rollers vs The Monkees
Olivia Newton-John debuts Australian country, then goes a little rock n roll in the 1980s and puts Women’s Desire on the Charts and by offering a tv special of music videos instead of a tour for her Physical album – she makes music videos a must.
Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Iron Maiden – and, from Australia AC/DC
the 1980s Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Spandu Ballet, Big Country, U2, UB40 and The Eurythmics
Duran Duran made music videos into something more than in-industry promos and high end nightclubs – they put low end late night tv shows in competition with late night comedy.
Duran Duran made music videos high art. Music videos were often concerts, in studio posing and rarely a theatrical performance of the basic song. Duran Duran showed us scenery, shared poetry and lots of Girls on Film.
Queen softened from their 70s glam metal into more pop/rock and Freddie’s Clone Look was too much and America was not coping with the mustache.
Rock Hudson forever changed American masculinity while Freddie’s Tom of Finland costuming was well duh to everyone. What Buddy Holly started with the strings, Freddie Mercury brought full circle with Montserrat Caballe, after all – Queen’s music videos were also mini-movies – and frequently, they were the soundtrack too.
the harder the music the more average looking the guy, therefore marketed to males
the softer the music, the prettier the guy, therefore marketed to females
but cute is in their 20s, with peak attractive in the 30s, the 40s is real reinvent….
and I really don;t think Elvis would have gone orchestral. he’d gone more blues and emotional to counter the increasingly Techno and everyone recording on different days perfection of sound.
I dunno why people always assume it’s about the singer, my fave Beatle is Ringo
There were 4 Beatles, and now there are 2, There were 5 Zombies! whew Rolling Stones
I guess in the battle of the bands The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones, the Stones won.
who saw that coming?
I mean, besides that the saying has been “only cockroaches and Keith Richards will survive a nuke war.