MZGS II

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Write a 500 word reaction to this essay on medium.com. Maybe you agree, or maybe you strongly oppose to Darren Hemmings. I really want to know WHY. Try to explain your reasoning. Hand it in on MYLMS before the exam.

QUESTIONS 2000s

  1. What is Retro? (reunion tours etc.)
  2. What kinds of questions did “Love” raise?
  3. Who is the bestseller of the 00’s?
  4. What is a “presold concept” in the movie business?
  5. In what way are Adele, Duffy and Amy Winehouse doing the same thing?
  6. What has replaced The Future in the minds of young music makers in the noughties?
  7. Where is the time machine of futuristic technology taking us?

    THE 1980S REVIVAL THAT LASTED A DECADE
  8. What makes “Discovery” by Daft Punk so 1980s?
  9. What is false memory syndrome?
  10. What is the difference how the word “electro” gets used in the 80s and in the 00s?
  11. What is not so 1980s about Lady Gaga?
  12. Why is cassette tape the ultimate DIY?
  13. What is the 20-year rule of revivals?

    THE MUSICALLY FRAGMENTED DECADE
  14. What was according to Simon Reynolds “so intriguingly odd” about the Top 10 of Pitchforks
    Albums Of The Noughties?
  15. Why would a Top 2000 of the noughties win over all preceding decades?

WEEK 1 -1980s
HIPHOP

How Hiphop started out in The Bronx NYC
Why MF Doom (RIP) is the best rapper ever, or Biggie, or Eminem, or Kendrick…
Hiphop, social criticism, literature and Kendrick Lamar
The best rhymes that glide and fly and go on for miles
Where it started with DJ Kool Herc
Ad Rock, MCA and Mike D are on it
The longer version of the Kool Herc video, great stuff
Monster playlist to experience the broad universe of hiphop

WEEK 2 -1980s – METAL

HEAVY METAL EVOLVED OUT OF 1970s HARD ROCK [BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, AC/DC]. FIRST INCARNATION WAS N.W.O.B.H.M. – NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL [IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST] WITH A HARDER, LESS BLUESY SOUND. ALL UK UP TILL THEN.
THAT CHANGES WHEN AMERICAN KIDS TRIED TO OUTDO THE BRITISH. AND THEY CAME UP WITH TRASH METAL [METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX] WITH AN EVEN MORE DISTORTED SOUND AND POLITICALLY ORIENTED LYRICS. DEATH METAL WAS A EVOLUTION INTO DARKER TERRITORY. SONGS LIKE HORROS MOVIES, FULL OF BLOOD AND GORE AND DEATH. MORE TECHNICAL IN PLAYING AND OF COURSE THE GRUNTING SINGING STYLE. WHERE TRASH BECAME MORE MAINSTREAM IN THE 1990s THANKS TO ‘THE BLACK ALBUM’ OF METALLICA, DEATH METAL IS TOO EXTREME AND STAYS UNDERGROUND.
LOTS OF DIFFERENT SUBGENRES: POWER METAL, HAIR METAL, BLACK METAL, FUNK METAL, GRINDCORE, NU METAL, DOOM METAL, CHRISTIAN METAL, METALCORE, MATHMETAL ETC. ETC. ALSO LOTS OF HYBRID FORMS AND GENRES.
CHECK THIS LINK FOR MORE ON THIS TOPIC.

Great doc series made by Sam Dunn
Metal playlist
Even more loud guitars!
with extraspecial Spanish subs

WEEK 3 – SUPERSTARS OF THE 1980s

THE SUPERSTAR WAS AN INVENTION OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, AS THEY WERE TRYING TO MAXIMIZE THEIR EARNINGS AND BATTLING HOME-TAPING [ANALOGUE FILESHARING]. IT WAS ALSO THE TIME WHEN MARKETING AND ADVERTISING BECAME MORE PROFESSIONAL. ONLY 10% OF MAJOR LABEL ARTISTS MADE A PROFIT, SO THE MOST OF THE MARKETING BUDGET WENT TO THOSE ACTS.

1981 : START MTV
1982 : INTRODUCTION COMPACT DISC
1983 : THRILLER & INVENTION YAMAHA DX7 SYNTH
1984 : PURPLE RAIN & BORN IN THE USA
1985 : LIVE AID
1986 : TRUE BLUE
1987 : MTV EUROPE & JOSHUA TREE
1988 : 2ND SUMMER OF LOVE [HOUSE MUSIC IN MAINSTREAM] INVENTION AKAI S1000 SAMPLER
1989 : APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION

PLAYLIST SUPERSTARS OF THE 1980s
Genius at work

WEEK 4 – FROM UNDERGROUND TO MAINSTREAM I

Ska in the UK
America’s most unlikely rockband slow rise into stardom

WEEK 5 – FROM UNDERGROUND TO MAINSTREAM II

WEEK 6 – 1990s – GRUNGE

GRUNGE PLAYLIST
THE ENTIRE “HYPE!” DOC ON SEATTLE WITH FRENCH SUBTITLES [FOR A CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI].

WEEK 7 – 1990s – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC

WEEK 8 – 1990s – BRITPOP

WEEK 9 – 1990s – RETRO, ALT.COUNTRY, LO-FI, FEMALE SINGERSONGWRITERS & CROSSOVER

WEEK 10 – 2000s – THE END OF HISTORY, FRAGMENTATION, DANCE/GUITARS, INDIEFOLK,

WEEK 11 – 2000s – RETROMANIA

TOTAL RECALL – RETROMANIA