taken its toll of rock and the record industry is predicting a gloomy
future. There’s an artistic slump too: few new bands are
surfacing. What’s going to happen? MM asked the people in
the know – stars and businessmen – for their views.
THE OBVIOUS trends at least in
America, are towards bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Feat, and the
Mason-Dixon line seems to be the divide between the hot music of the
south and the glitter stuff in New York.
There are a
lot of good boogie bands in the south, like Wet Willie,
Z Z Top, but they are still unknown in certain areas. In Texas
they’ll play to 100,000 people. There’s a lot of good new
jazz-rock like Coryell, and pure jazz seems to be getting on its feet
recession at all in America, not like there is in Europe, and I notice
a lot of groups reforming, like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and
people accepting the bands that want to get together again.
I thought the pub rock scene was going to spread out of the pubs, but
it’s stayed put as opposed to becoming a breeding ground for new talent.
really interesting has happened although on the sixties club scene you
could name five bands or more that would be big. A band has to
spend two years in the clubs to create an identity, instead of having a
record company creating an instant image, and setting them up with a
million pounds worth of equipment.
thing has been the development of recording studios throughout the
country, so it’s not absolutely necessary to live and work in London.
same in America, where you don’t have to be in LA or New York.
Big cities can be stifling.
I think the
Glam-Rock thing is even more old hat than Gene Vincent now, and when
you see show bands wearing makeup, then you know it’s pretty old hat!
optimistic about the business because there is an element of sanity
creeping back, and the more worthwhile bands may get some attention.
and TV situation is pretty dire, because only the same 30 hits get
played over and over, and it’s a bore.
really know what the music trends will be for ’75. Maybe rock and
roll will come back again!
will be an AUTHENTIC rock and roll revival. There
is definitely a serious interest in old British bands.
There is a
feeling of nostalgia for the Shadows and the Merseybeat groups.
It stems from the feeling that the world is growing and changing so
fast, people get hung up on yesterday which is not a bad thing.
We may see
a lot of Shane Fentones’ coming back. What I’d like to see is a
cooking club scene again, and I hope there will be a revival of the
blues! From Melody Maker – September 21, 1974
Thanks to Brenda O'Brien for sharing & preparing this article
Thanks to Sistina Zeidler for the photo artwork on the left
background is faded photo from the article I mutated reformatted by roryfan