So here's another installment in my attempt to understand music that just doesn't seem to die. Here we listen to Bush and some of what makes them still producing stuff for the masses. And since they just came out with an album recently, their first one in a long time, I figure what the hell. Let's not delay much longer ladies and gents. So here is my synopsis of why we listen to those crazy ass Brits, Bush.
• They're the only other good music act besides the Beatles and The Who that came from the UK : When it comes to rock, I tend to stick to stuff that's stateside. not to say that acts outside of the states aren't bad ass either. I know for a fact that music is an international language, and since I'm stateside, I figure why not profile something abroad. And I've been a fan of them since I got interested in rock back in the mid 90's. It seems that every decade or so something big comes from England, like in the 60's you had The Beatles and The Who, 70's you had Queen, in the 2000's I was a little fascinated by The Darkness, well, not much, but their b-sides were decent. But I'm a ninety's cat and I liked the sounds of Bush back then. They were the it sound back then, and made themselves known for their fusion of alternative and quasi-electronic sound in later years. Take it as you wish, but I like it.
• Gavin Rossdale is married to Gwen Stefani : The sunnuvabitch, you know the saying some guys have all the luck. Well this is one of those guys. A talented hottie like Gwen Stefani of No Doubt fame with the likes of Gavin Rossdale. I mean I guess I still liked her when she was still punk not pop and all chic. Not to say that she isn't a hottie now, but she was then and I was in to their music with the whole punk/ska thing back then too. It just does not compute in my book. But then again look at Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons... But that's another topic.
• A refreshing change from the 90's grunge movement : By far the best part of 90's music in my opinion was grunge. With greats like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and a whole slew of others, it's kind of hard to like one from another without pissing some people off. So you look for new sounds that are just a little off the beaten path. The second I heard Machinehead I was hooked. I was 14 and bought Sixteen Stone and the next year Razorblade Suitcase which I thought was their best work. And like most things 90's had to change for something stupid. Metallica were becoming less and less metal. Rap music became more about cash, cars, bling, and bitches. Ska music had a revival for like an 18-month span and then crapped it's bed hardly to be heard from again. Grunge music were slowly turning for more ballad and alternative stylings. And Bush became more electronic and stupid with The Science of Things, and eventually their whale of a fail in my book Golden State. Which leads me to my next bullet point.
• Their new stuff sound like their old stuff : This isn't all that bad. Very Razorblade Suitcase-ish in it's delivery. It makes me want to listen to it more and more. Maybe they're not trying to gain new fans, just regain the ones that were wanting more from them during their breakup. It seems pretty damn good in my book and I would recommend it. And I think that's why we still listen to Bush, because they do have potential if they don't try to alter their formula. Stick to what you know works, look at AC/DC. They haven't changed shit since the 70's on how they deliver their music and still people friggin' love those Aussies. Just goes to show the old adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
So there's my perspective on why we still listen to Bush. It isn't really much like the greats like I profiled from before with Biggie and 'tallica, but still, it's pretty damn good in their own rights, and I have my reasons on why I picked them. Mainly because I'm a 90's junkie when it came to music and that's just my thing. Now to break out the guitar and start playing some Everything's Zen.
BootLeG sampler.. signing out