Sunday, June 24, 2012: FOREVER ENGLAND
Revv52 will be performing British pop next season - and I'll in London in a week to research the British music scene.
A second wave of the British Invasion has hit the charts with the music of Adele, Joss Stone, Leona Lewis, Duffy, Lily Allen, Jessie J, Florence and the Machine, Amy Winehouse.
The music on the British charts over the years has rooted for the underdog. In an article titled "Forever England" author Bob Stanley muses on the musical character of British music. Stanley writes, "We are always apologetic, and have an appetite for both discipline and anarchy. We're as changeable as the weather, which we love to go on about. It rains and we're melancholy. Or we moan. Losers are venerated: we root for the underdog. Pretty much, the English define passive-aggressive."
Stanley refers to the 1890's and British Music Hall. "It's saucy and improper but never overtly sexual: such is the English way. At its best, music hall brought out everything that the Victorians loved to sweep under the carpet.... The English have traditionally deflated pompous tyrants by laughing at them." We see evidence of this in British punk and rock n' roll.
The music of Queen, the Hollies, the Stones, the Kinks, David Bowie, The Who, The Moody Blues, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Cold Play, U2, Herman Hermits, Robert Plant, Robbie Williams, Led Zeplin, the Animals, Donovan, Dave Clark 5, the Troggs ... and the Beatles - brilliant music!