I know in
recent weeks I've been moaning on about the melodic rock industry's (and I guess
music industry as a whole) inability to really seem like their in it for the
long-term or for the love of music. However, something else that's maybe holding
the genre back is the lack of a real, new "land mark song".
you start wondering what the heck I'm on about, think back to your formative
days as your musical appreciation really developed: there will be at least a
couple of songs that really became musical land marks and really defined music
that made you say " wow, I gotta here more stuff like this". For me I
can still remember being five or six years old and hearing Free's "All
Right Now" for the first time (in a beachside café) and being drawn into
it like no other music before. Then when I was just over 10, Jefferson
Startship's "Jane" was standing up and being counted while the world
was awash with punk and new wave and I really knew where I wanted music to take
me. For people that are already into the genre they're songs that make the hair
on the back of your neck stand up, for people that have never been exposed to
it, they're songs that get them into a form of music rapidly. I would bet that
(love them or hate them) Bon Jovi's "Runaway" also did the same thing
for a huge amount of our readers.
is, a lot of the current bands are making music that simply isn't distinctive
enough to be considered that significant or to actually make a landmark. Both
the bands and the labels are too easily satisfied. Most of it is rehashed, old
ideas that no one in the mainstream is ever going to give the time of day.
Melodic rock is in desperate need of a defining moment at present, but god knows where it's going to come from!