After watching the making of Pink Floyd’s
UNIT 5- DISCUSSION POST
The 1970’s were a very eclectic decade for music. As we have seen, the genre of hard rock/heavy metal got a firm foothold and artists started creating and producing some interesting albums. There was also the rise of the singer/songwriter such as James Taylor, Elton John, Carol King, as well as the various genres of Reggae, Funk, Dub, Glam, Synth, Krautrock, Progressive, Art-rock, Punk, New Wave, Disco, Country, and many other forms develop and make their way into the musical conversation. Thus, the videos and albums for this unit try to show the different sounds that this decade opened space for. Think about where you have heard these sounds before whether it was in music that came before the 70’s as well as current music that is being influenced by these bands you are seeing and hearing in the 70’s.
1. After watching the making of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, please answer the following questions with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES AND SUPPORT FROM THE VIDEO as well as your own observations on what you saw.
Dark Side of the Moon has been considered the “Sgt. Pepper’s of the 1970’s” which means that it is was innovative in the sense of how the whole was produced in the studio as well as the specific songs being well constructed instrumentally as well as lyrically.
A. What are your thoughts about the album as a whole where the order of the songs sort of told a story- what was this story? What was the band, mainly bassist Roger Waters, writing about and saying about society? Are these themes still relevant today? Why or why not.
B. What song was your favorite one that you watched being constructed and produced? Why does this song resonate with you? Please explain with specific examples.
C. How did this album influence popular music and they way musicians and audiences understood music? Please explain with specific examples.
2. Johnny Rotten, the lead singer and lyricist for the punk band, the Sex Pistols, is known to have been wearing a shirt that he made that said, “I Hate Pink Floyd” on it when he was discovered by the band and their manager when looking for a lead singer. Thus, we see that their album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, was a reaction to prog-rock, art-rock, and music that was created by “musicians with Ph.D’s” who were virtuosos that only a few could play. After watching the making of the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks, please answer the following questions with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES AND SUPPORT FROM THE VIDEO as well as your own observations on what you saw.
A. What are your thoughts on why this album is considered a milestone in music history? Why do you think this album caught on and spawned a whole subculture of punks to consider it their main bible? Please explain with specific examples.
B. What do you like and/or dislike about this album? Please explain with specific examples.
C. This album as well as the band’s concerts supposedly “launched a thousand bands” since it perpetuated a DIY (do it yourself) aesthetic meaning anyone could play this punk music. Do you think anyone can play punk music? Why or why not? Please explain with specific examples.
D. Please explain the ideology of the punk subculture. What are their beliefs, thoughts, rituals, and ways of being? Do you think there is still a punk subculture existing today? Why or why not? Please explain with specific examples.
3. What are your thoughts on the 4 albums you were required to listen to?
David Bowie- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Kraftwerk- Autobahn (1974)
Parliament Funkadelic: Live: P-Funk Earth Tour (1977)
The Cars- The Cars (1978)
GET SPECIFIC HERE!!! CHOOSE SPECIFIC SONGS, LYRICS, MUSICIANSHIP, ALBUM PRODUCTION, THEMES, INFLUENCES FROM OTHER BANDS AND HOW THIS ALBUM MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED OTHER BANDS, ETC., ETC.!!!
****Please write AS MUCH AS IT TAKES TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THOROUGHLY in your post.
****Please respond to at least 2 other students as well as answer ANY/ALL questions asked of you.