I was born in 1952 – thus was 12 in ’64, when Sixties Pop (Beat) really took off (I liked, but was too young to really appreciate Fifties Rock ‘N’ Roll). And I was 20 when it all began to go wrong, in ’72.
You were born in 1981 – thus were 12 in ’93, when Nineties Pop (Trance) really took off (you liked, but were too young to appreciate Eighties Techno-Pop). And you were 20 when THAT all began to go wrong, in ’01.
History repeats itself.
Of course, it’d be easy to say we both just got OLD at twenty – and were merely unable to appreciate the NEW sounds that replaced our OLD ones.
But not true. As with today’s fare, Seventies Pop WAS crap (okay, Disco wasn’t bad, but the rest? Fech!) And it’s wholly ACKNOWLEDGED as such.
But for me, Pop made a COMEBACK in ’83 – with the afore-mentioned Eighties Techno-Pop (I LOVED the Pet Shop Boys, ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Johnny Hates Jazz, etc.)
And then AGAIN in the late Nineties, with the Trance YOU loved.
Which means if history CONTINUES to repeat itself, a Great New Sound SHOULD emerge in… calculating… 2012!
But will it? Sadly, I doubt it. Composers ran out of logical progressions of notes (melodies) in 1980 (Eighties Techno-Pop was CHORD-driven) and Trance (SNIPPETS of melody with Technobeats) ran out of Anthems as the new Millennium was dawning.
Thus I cannot see – given Pop needs to adhere to the format of MUSIC, set down by Bach some three centuries ago – how ANYONE can continue the phenomenon, begun after WW1 and which is now DEAD.
Hope I’m wrong, sonny-boy.