Pop Decadence

Can – Don’t say No

More German experimentation from 1977

I’ve been enjoying the ongoing Pop on trial programmes on BBC4 (still available via the BBC iPlayer)which is attempting to find the golden era of pop (which of course presumes that pop is in terminal decline) and is examining the decades from the 50’s onwards. The 70’s was looked at last with the 80’s obviously due for examination next week.

New Music Night And Day
I tend to view the 70’s as pop’s most creative decade or at least the last decade where genuinely new musical forms were invented. Closer examination reveals that despite the decades top singles achieving sales in excess of 2 million, a figure unheard of today, there was the indulgent excess of prog rock and viewing the repeat of the Top Of the Pops Xmas special of 1978 recently you’d be forgiven for thinking that punk made no impact whatsoever with the edition dominated by bland middle of the road offerings by the Brotherhood of man, The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass band and similar family friendly beige items.

New Waves
Having said that my own peak of pop record buying was probably the 80’s and 90’s but I continue to have a sneaking respect for the post Beatles decade that gave us Glam rock,heavy metal, prog rock, the birth of commercial electronic music, art rock and then (in the UK anyway) attempted to reinvent itself with punk.

Post Punk
In truth post punk and new wave were probably more interesting than punk itself which many snobbishly saw as an exclusively London phenomenon that only spread to the provinces once it was really all over.

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