Fundamentally,both the male and female rock performers express a similar set ofmusic values to their listeners. Firstly, the rock musicians such asthe Beatles, Joe Turner, Madonna, and Paul McCartney among othersirrespective of their gender emphasize on the expression of pleasure,refusal, negation, fun, and subversiveness about the world ofstructured, routine, and expected activities particularly forgenerational and social groups.Additionally, the rock performers seekto provide a globally intense experience of belonging, whether to alocal scene or a subculture. For instance, The WHO Band song “Won’tGet Fooled Again” criticizes the revolution and power. It conveys asense of betrayal to the society by the national leaders who leadtheir countries into costly and unnecessary wars.
Inaddition, both female and female rock performers use their songs toreflect on some life issues affecting the society such asrelationships and self-denial. For example, Madonna in her love song“OpenYour Heart”captures simple notions of a boy meets girl kind of feelings. Thesong is a metaphor for the action of being vulnerable thatarticulates the behavior involved in developing an intimate or closerelationship. The perception of the song places Madonna as a victimof love putting her in a more direct situation expressing her sexualneeds for her man. Importantly, she creates the image of an eroticenergy that continually escapes containment. Indeed, the songcaptures the tribulations young people goes through in their loveaffairs.
Therock music comprises of numerous styles and spin-off genres such asmetal, punk, grunge, and new wave that greatly embrace electronicmusic (Weinberg, 2010). The technology plays a significant role inrevolutionizing the rock music. Indeed, it takes the catalyst oftechnology to connect the new multicultural mash-up of the rock musicwith a mass-market just waiting for something new. For instance,during the late 20thcentury, the rock musicians embraced technology in their productionsuch as electric guitars and portable synthesizer that provided anendless supply of fresh sparks to the rock music.Despite thetechnological advancement, different rock genres portray diverseattitude towards technology.
TheWHO Band has a different attitude to the technology in theirrecordings. In their song “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” Lambertusing the prior technological expertise was unable to mix the track,a situation that necessitated for an improved technology to match thequality of the song with the original demo. Fortunately, with the useof synchronized drum with the synthesizer as well as electric guitar,the song finally emerged the best for the WHO Band. On its part, theFear Band used two electric guitars, and an electric bass and a drumkit along with vocals in the production of the “I Don’t Careabout You” song.
Accordingto Weinberg (2010), the rock musicians express mixed reactionstowards virtuosity. Previously, the majority of the rock musicperformers struggled to compete with other music categories in theindustry. Fortunately, the friendly competition between guitaristsJimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton in the late sixties established an ideathat a rock musician could also be a virtuoso musician. As a result,rock musicians started to build a reputation based on theirinstrumental prowess.For instance, rock musicians of the time becameinterested in developing their technical skills to match theclassical and jazz styles for models of instrumental virtuosity.Indeed, the Fear Band in its songs such as “I Don’t Care AboutYou’’ used superfast, aggressive beat, and screaming vocals thatrepresented a revolutionized hardcore punk rock.
Nevertheless,the song “Shout to the Devil” does not use instrumentalvirtuosity. Further, the vocals of the band singer are pathetic. Thesound is high-pitched and nasally. Indeed, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx,the band singers portrayed some loopholes in their rock musicproduction. Additionally, the song has a large change in sound owingto the influence of the traditional heavy metals. The vocals and theguitar solo are also haunting. The aggressive sound has adark-sounding riff and a varying rhythm.
Undeniably,the heavy metal and punk music spring from the same set of attitudesand frustrations since both genres utilize the same instruments andpromote headbanging as the optimal way to enjoy music. However, thetwo genres have differences in their musical styles and attitudes.Firstly, heavy metals tend to be heavy and more ponderous musicalthough they mainly entail minor keys. For instance, Judas Priestheavy metal song “Breaking the laws” combines a recognizableminor key, a rhythmic chorus, and an opening riff as its hooks. Thesimple arrangement and lyrics made it more palatable to themainstream audience. The song performed greatly although it gives adramatically dark explanation of one person’s decision to commit acrime. Additionally, a slow tempo characterizes the heavy metalsmusic.
Onits part, punk is a bit lighter and bouncy music that comprises ofmajor keys. In this regard, a hardcore punk,” I Don’t Care aboutYou” by Fear Band involves heavy keys that play at a faster tempo.It received credits for its great help in shaping and styling thesound of Californian hardcore punk. Although the song attractsinternational attention, it also suffers some frustrations suchcritics among the Christians because of the use of the vulgarlanguage.
Weinberg,J. L. (2010). Rockmusic.New York: Random House.