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The Revival Of Teenage Music - .It's About Time Part I

draws from '3 closely related yet distinct mu·sic styles: rock 'n' roll, rock (not as basic) and -pop (not as electric/gritty). It was the music that was the thrust of these statements. Sometimes light and airy, at other times abrasive and rockin ', there . was a strongly energetic feeling in the music that helped to make light of the adolescent situation. · And what situations they were: Teenage music, on the other hand, draws from the trials, tribulations, joys, sorrows, frustrations, problems, and general feelings about being' teenage. Things like falling in love, falling in•sex, parent hassles, school hassles, timely complaints like getting grounded, losing a fight, fear of growing up and lots of others. It was the combination of the Gleason-ism (editorial comment) "unless a situation cries out ' for it. We'll inform, entertain and surprise you. Promise. This is essentially a Rock magazine, but bear with us should we ever step out of our boundaries. As' far as our policy: we respect determination, -drive and .honesty in rock music. Plain and simple. About writers: Andrew Cutler is a former Asst. Music E

music and · relevant teenage lyrics that made the 60's pop/rock consciousness so important in terms of commerical success and massivepopularity. The time is so right for a resurgence in Teenage music that it has thrown a bad light on the past rock generation. That · group, now well into college, has monopolized rock for so long that it had no choice than to become stagnant. As that generation grew into adulthood, so 0 did the music, until the preoccupation with teenage themes had all but disappeared. All that rock was involved with was religion, drugs, marriage and even philosophy. What novacaine. And µie music itself grew ·out of its concise form. Bigger is better! If you liked this . song for 3 minutes, of course you'll like it for 2½ hours! Hey, Jimi, what was your longest guitar solo? ·1 dunno, Jerry, I think it was 45 minutes. Ah, I got you beat, mine was 16 days, and some damn critic had the gall to say I only got good in tl'ie last five minutes. And on and on and on.and on. .. Rock reached new lows of boredom. And with rock trying to satisfy many age groups, it strained itself almost beyond repair. It's way past time for this music to return to the kids, as it did. when this college audience was young. Something Charlie Gillette wrote (in Sounds of the. City, still the finest book on rock 'n' roll ever written) about the late 50's ironically applies today: As rock ran its course, the industry, with typical sleight of hand, killed 9ft the music but kept the name, so that virtually all popular music was branded rock. This had its effect ·on cursed radio stations, who, in trying to appeal to the largest audience, stripped their charts of any ac;lolescent guts, thereby further destroying Teenage music. There's nothing wrong with groups trying to play I

"Yeah, you got that somethin' I think you'll understand, When I feel that somethin' I wanna hold your hand." -guess who!

The innocence and simplicity of the four lines above just about sums up the essence of Teenage music. Singers have been relating the joys, problems and frustrations of being teenage _way before the Beatles, but never before had that area been personalized on such a massive popula_rity scale as the_Liverpool 4. 1 John and Paul didn't just read lyrics, the listener felt more than once that they were -singing of their own problems. And ,;_,ho can't relate to the four lines above? Teenage music on the one hand, 1 ON THE CORNER It's hard to be original in . Buffalo. And that ain't sayin' much about the competition. It's just that no one will let you. Yeah, you know what I'm talkin' about. When you foll-ow , the crowd, you 're ignored as part of the crowd. When you attempt to be different, you're slapped down with a simple "No one'll understand h ." ' So until you help us in deciding what you want, we'll give you these: ·· We'll give you features. Wfll give you interviews. We'll give,YOU detailed reviews of albums by rockers with wide appeal, avoiding any needless praise or insults, unless they especially deserve it. We'll giv~ you sho~ter reviews of albums that, , while not always being world-shattering ' events, deserve a bit of attention. We'll . give you· singles reviews, because, even though this audience doesn't necessarily buy singles, it does listen to the radio and that seems reason eriough. We'll give you co1;1cert rnund-ups. We'll avoid any Ralph

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STRAIT, 18 OCTOBER I 973 )

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