Music that just hasn't dated…
Exodus – Bob marley. one of the all time greats and not dated at all. Not a duff tune on the album
This is the first thread ever where surely everyone has to agree with TJ?(Or maybe not as no-one has ever reggae like The Wailers did and thus it’s forever stuck in its heyday?)
I think any style which has been revisited by bands decades on inherently sounds timeless. There are thus numerous albums from the last decade which sound so much like stuff from the ’60s and ’70s (bar the reduced boom and mud, extra top and bottom and excess compression of modern production) that the original inspiration becomes timeless. Curiously the more ’80s influenced material of the last few years fails to make real ’80s stuff sound timeless because the production back then was often so OTT (especially those snare drums!)Posted 7 years agogrievoustimMember
I have to agree with others who have said that all music will date
loads of good stuff mentioned above – but it all sounds absolutely “of its time”. I can think of music which was “ahead of it’s time” (Sister Lovers by Big Star springs to mind). Or music which is relatively “timeless” (folk/ country/ old style blues type stuff which could have been made in 1990 or 1940) – but I honestly can’t think of anything that hasn’t – or will never date.
Stuff like Massive Attack might be holding on for a bit longer than most – but it will sound dated in 10/ 15 years (if not sooner)
Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy old stuff – I know I doPosted 7 years ago
I dont listen to Donna summer and i dont own a copy of the song but i chose “I feel love” because theres nothing else i can think of that sounds so fresh for the age that it is.Theres been lots of stuff that i could listen to again and again but its not going to fit in easily with todays music as much as i feel donnas song would.
Does anyone else have a song as fresh sounding and as old as that?Posted 7 years agoCountZeroMember
Not to say it isn’t good. But a lot if this stuff wouldn’t pass the Dance floor test at a night club.
That’s because most stuff played at a night club is fundamentally unlistenable outside of that environment. It’s music designed specifically for it’s beat. That’s not to say that there isn’t good music that you can dance to, but most wouldn’t get played at a modern night club. A lot of Motown is dance music, as is folk music, Capercaillie are a folk band who play dance music. Jigs and reels wouldn’t go down well in an urban dance venue though.Posted 7 years ago
There’s plenty of stuff that I still listen to after thirty/forty years that sounds as good now as it did then, but there’s plenty that sounds very dated now. Music that’s reall about the song and melody survives best; folk, blues, jazz influenced lasts best. Although I recently heard some Gentle Giant that I hadn’t heard since the mid 70’s, and I was surprised how good it sounded, probably because it was very jazzy. Talking Heads still sound fresh to me after thirty something years. And you can dance to a lot of it too; great songs with a solid rhythm section underneath. Works for me.
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