If you are old enough, you might remember a brief period in the late 1970s when teen boys who were usually clad in t-shirts emblazoned with their favorite rock and roll bands, like Yes and Rush and the Who, suddenly started a fashion trend. Occasionally, we saw these long haired and sometimes red-eyed young men wearing colorful t-shirts with an iron-on decal declaring that “Disco Sucks.”
Now just because they LOVED rock, why did they have to dis another music style? For some reason, those young rockers felt worried or maybe even threatened by the popularity of disco. Could disco music become so popular that rock and roll could become a thing of the past? Could disco erase rock?
Well of course not, silly boys.
Since the beginnings of rock and roll in the 1940s and 1950s, lots of people have wondered how long it could possibly last.
But our old friend Neil Young knew his stuff when he sang, “Rock and Roll can never die,” on his album Rust Never Sleeps. Die?……..well, no. But adapt and change?………a resounding YES!.
The Wikepedia has a listing titled “List of Rock Genres” and asserts that this very, very long list are all rooted in that original rock and roll music of the ’40s and ’50s. Now some of these genres, I expected. Grunge, Rockabilly, and Alternative rock….sure. Glam Metal……yeah, okay.
But what the heck is Bandanna Thrash…….or Swamp Pop? Who exactly is the Swamp Pop demographic? I think those fans might scare me just a little.
And then what about Viking Metal or Math Rock? Cause I always thought that Math Rock was those songs my 3rd grade teacher shared to help me learn my times tables.
Well it appears that I need to branch out a bit musically. Of the many genres listed, I had only heard of a small few.
But for now, I want to share a coaster project that I have been working on for some RoofTop special orders. These coaster sets are made from the record sleeves of old cast-off L.P.s and they channel my love for rock and roll and ALL it subsequent genres. Cause folks who listen to any rock genre, including Classic Rock or even CrustPunk, they should all care about protecting a table’s surface from unsightly rings! Right?
So what have we learned?
#1. Rock and Roll can never die.
#2. Coasters will protect your table.
#3.There is one thing that the fans of all of these Rock and Roll genres have in common…..whether they dig Rock Against Communism, or Riot Grrl, or even NintendoCore…….they all know that DISCO SUCKS!
(J.K. about the disco music. I actually love it! In fact, I am working on an ABBA coaster set as I write this. But let’s keep that from the fans of PowerViolence and Doom Metal, okay?……..cause they scare me quite a lot!)
And of course, here is the link to the Wiki on Rock Genres…..how many do you know?
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