Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Generation X?

Radio in my city is notoriously bad. But I must admit that it has been getting better. This morning, I heard on the classic rock station Cheap Trick's "Surrender." Good tune. But here's the puzzling thing: After the song was over, the D.J. said something like the following:

Cheap Trick, with "Surrender." You know, Cheap Trick is for me the definition of Generation X. If you've never seen them, and then puked your guts out in the parking lot afterwards, you're just not Generation X.

What the fuck? 70s rock is "generation x"?

20 comments:

bones said...

The early 90s music was considered "generation x"
I think the dj is just a dolt!

bones said...

By the way Cheap Tricks Live at Butokan is one of my top 10 albums

Spiros said...

That was my impression too: the Nirvana crowd was "gen x." Cheap Trick is far too early.

Who should expect a DJ to know about this kind of thing anyway?....

Spiros said...

The live album is a classic-- easily one of the best live albums of all time (Talking Heads' *Stop Making Sense* is my top in the live category).

bones said...

His first introduction to Cheap Trick is probably from "That 70s Show"

Spiros said...

Which should have clued her in: Cheap Trick is 70s!

bones said...

Oasis "Familiar to Millions" is a very good live album too. ot sure if you care for the band

Spiros said...

I never much cared for Oasis. Too much Beatles-wannabe stuff, mediocre lyrics, annoying personalities.

X's *Live at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip* is in my top 3.

bones said...

how dare I forget Social D "Live at the Roxy"

Spiros said...

Ah yes-- Social D. I've just be re-listening to Ness's solo album. Good stuff.

bones said...

which one?

i didnt like them at first listen but now i love them. except the honky tonk version of ball and chain, but that might be because i hate the term honky tonk

Dr. Mo said...

I'll never forget when I first heard Cheap Trick. "I Want You to Want Me" from "Live at Budokan" on the radio. It was 1978, 30 years ago. I was 11 years old and the "Gen X" generation was as unimaginable a distant future as Dot.coms.

For what it's worth, even at that point in my life, I understood the differences between Classic Rock of the 60's and early 70's (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Stones, etc.), Disco, (sucks), Punk (rules) and Pop (crap). Everyone did. You couldn't survive socially if you didn't know this sort of thing.

It seems very "Gen X" not to know anything about music history.

bones said...

good call doc!
I too knew what was what back then. i even knew that it was NOT ok for kids older than me to still like Kiss.
I knew that Billy Joel should not have a song on Chipmunk Punk because Billy Joel, as we all know is NOT punk, nor is any other artist on that album.
My first "adult" record was Blondie Parallel Lines, i am still proud of that. its a great album

Spiros said...

BONES:

Ness has more than one solo album? I've been listening to *Cheating at Solitaire*. Great cover of "Don't Think Twice It's Alright."

Spiros said...

DR. MO:

Spot-on. Cheap Trick was the rock band that even young DKs and Misfits fans could like. My sis got me into them (along with *early* Adam and the Ants (= rules)).

Spiros said...

Even though I was maybe 12, I knew that the release of *Chipmunk Punk* meant the end of civilization.

bones said...

Ness came out with a second one "Under the Influence"
Its all covers of classic country music
its very good, i like Cheating at Solataire better but its still really good
track list:
All I Can Do Is Cry - Gamblin' Man - Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing - I Fought The Law - Big Iron - One More Time - Six More Miles - A Thief In The Night - Once A Day - Funnel Of Love - House Of Cold - Wildwood Flower - Ball And Chain.

Spiros said...

Didn't know about this. I'll def check it out.

bones said...

its definately worth a look, if you are coming up this way i can give you a copy

Spiros said...

I'll pick it up.