Since Pop Music is cyclical, with three or four “fallow” years between each big boom – it was not until about 1995 that I realised Pop had DIED in 1990.
But then, a saviour appeared in the form of Trance (see elsewhere in these chronicles). But at the ripe old age of 43, I could hardly go CLUBBING – the no-neck at the door would have told me where to go.
However, after a few years of boogying on my own to CD Trance mixes, I moved to Thailand, where all the discos treat ANY farang (like “gringo” – foreigner) like royalty – even one as old as I was.
Thus, in my late forties, I became a DANCER. Full Moon parties on the beach, “secret” beach parties, discos – I was welcomed everywhere.
I remember one night – at the opening of a new club – I boogied away on a pro-dancers’ ledge – twenty feet above the dance-floor – with a guy half my age – we took it in turns to drop down for a beer run… okay, you had to BE there – but it was a magical night.
Of course today, Trance is gone. It’s been replaced by – nothing. Pop is now well and truly dead. The last boogie I had was two years ago – and even then I had to bribe the DJ to put on some Trance (in Thailand, bribes are CURRENCY). I was 55 by then – but it was a great swan-song.
Maybe some day, someone will come up with something NEW and GOOD – but I sadly doubt it.
Meanwhile, if you want to sample what I’m talking about – check out my “Inner Trance” channel on YouTube. It’s “Channel Five” on my bogroll – or you can go straight to a nice piece by clicking on – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uegGfmYt5_M – enjoy!
Oh – and you’ll want it in HQ and fullscreen. Click on the icons at the bottom right of the little screen – fullscreen is the one to the right of HQ.
Plus for more on Trance, checkout the scribblings of my smarter brother on – http://morpheusatloppers.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/morpheus-on-trance-the-pop-music-of-the-90s-the-naustalgia-of-the-10s/