Little Richard dead at 87

Something must be wrong with me. I got married & had a kid, and still listened to new music. Haha.
I just like music.

Good music stands the test of time. Little Richard is still going to sound like a raucous night in a dive bar 100 years from now.


Chrissie FTW. Tattooed love boys is still on my daily playlist - one of the most bad-ass sexiest vocals and tastefully kick-ass guitar solos on record.

I also have bikini kill, babes in toyland, pj Harvey, missy Elliott and lauryn hill on my Mount Rushmore of female musician awesomeness. (My Mount Rushmore has room for way more than 4 faces :grinning:).


Hear hear! :smile:


It is insane the longevity that their first album has.

I go to metal shows and they still are using War Pigs to warm up the audience before the opening act. Young people still all seem to know the words.


I started to tune out new artists when songs getting the most airtime/suggestions seemed repetitive. I grew up listening to singers and songs a few decades older than I was and could easily tell them apart (unless they were purposely imitating each other). When the style of multiple vocalists seems to blend together, that’s a bit disturbing.

Also, my favorite music has good lyrics, and that’s where a lot of hits really missed with me. I’ve had problems hearing all my life, so I’d sometimes have a moment of shock after finding out what was said or sung along with an otherwise enjoyable melody or beat. It was enough to ruin something, like a mental record scratch bringing what I heard to a stop.


I dunno man, the Dead were pretty damn good.


i know lots of people who have that opinion but there are great artists in every generation, it seems to me. somehow i have kept finding great artists making great music throughout my life so far.

along the lines of what @KathyPartdeux was saying above, one thing that i feel confident saying for sure is that in every generation and genre of music the ratio of crap to gold (c/g) is always greater than 1, is usually greater than 100, and often greater than 1000. once 10 or 20 years pass the crap is forgotten leaving behind that residue of greatness most people tend to romanticize about. i’m sure in 30-40 years today’s teens and twentysomethings will talk about how the music of the 2050s just doesn’t have the quality of the music they made in the aughts or the teens.

very much this.

i ended up taking a different approach through my life because when i was an adolescent i discovered john cage whose music taught me to keep my ears open for the unexpectedly musical in the soundscape around me and beyond that kept me open to the potential greatness in the music of each new year and each passing decade. this in turn pushed me to dig deeper into the music of my times and times past.

i am absolutely not saying i think it’s all great, all the time, simply that greatness exists in every time period and is waiting for each of us to discover it if we allow ourselves to be open to the possibility.


Cat Power
Neko Case
Nina Simone
Gillian Welch
Lucinda Williams

We’re going to need more rock…


Great calls. A skosh more than a decade ago, we played Nina walking back up the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. And Neko was near the top of the playlist at the backyard reception after :grinning:.

This branch of the rockface (ha) prolly needs to carve out a spot for Emmylou as well.


I fell into the rabbit hole of global rap: Mongolian rap, Ukrainian fake-folk rap, and recently female indigenous rappers of Peru and Ecuador…


Seconded. I have such a crush on her.


Thank you, good people, for the excellent, informative commentary here. I never knew about the no-new-music-after-28-33 supposition.

I am an old dude who grew up obsessed with the guitar, listening to what is now referred to as “classic” rock. I love classic rock, but I just can’t listen to it much anymore. Radio has totally ruined it for me. But, that said, I have always been on a quest for new music. Four or five years ago I started listening to my local college station and discovered a plethora of good music. Another source for expanding my musical palette is the library. Being a no risk proposition, I come home with 20-30 cds at a time, often chosen for no other reason than it’s got some funky cover art or the band has weird name. I mean, Neutral Milk Hotel? Gotta see what that sounds like. And, about 50% of the time those end up in the collection.
As for Little Richard, my father was an SDA minister who took a very dim view of the man, so naturally I dug the hell out of him. His music was so ballsy and frenetic, when it was cranked you had one of two choices. Dance your ass off or punch somebody.

  1. RIP to Little Richard - one of the greats! We listened to oldies on the way to Grandmas etc back in the day, and so I am familiar and loved his big hits.

  2. Re: Not listening to new music. I think part of the reason is: A)There comes a time when you are seeking out the type of music that speaks to you. And thus open to more things. Even if you find a genre or two you like, you tend to listen to more within it. But at the same time B) I think at those younger ages we have TIME to listen to more music. Down time at school, home work, doing hobbies etc. And C) as we get older the time we have to just waste listening to new stuff is much shorter. We would rather have the large back catalog of old favorites vs new, uncertain music. And finally, D) for contemporary music - the styles change and we don’t like those styles as much. Not always the case, but a factor.

That said, I agree more or less that my music exploration definately got less broad after my late 20s. But it never stopped completely. I am lucky that some of my favorite groups/people are still putting out music, but also I have discovered newer groups since then. Two examples would be Grendel and Caravan Palace.

CP’s videos aren’t work safe… but awesome. (Not all of them are like this, but these two are.)



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