I got to thinking about how your perceptions and loyalties change over time, and decided to fill in this matrix of who my favourite artists were decade by decade. It came out like this:
Some time bending was required to jam things into the decade pigeonhole, and some revisionism is at work here. Looking back as each decade turned over, I definitely would not have listed the Stones as my second favourite band of the preceding ten years. The third place band would have been #2, and the likes of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and The Cars – or maybe The Police – and Bonnie Raitt would have shown up. Oh, and John Lee Hooker, just a few decades late.
But this is a pretty accurate reflection of how I would rank the music as I listen to it now.
A coupla “Ya I knows”:
1. The Stones have not really done anything since Voodoo Lounge, or arguably Tattoo You. But somehow they remain cool and the concert DVD’s are fun.
2. Not a lot of newness in the past 20 years. Yep. I’m getting’ old. What can I say?