My ebook: Journeys with the caterpillar

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Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores
and Sumba, Indonesia
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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Is Rock making a comeback?

I had written about how Rock music went to a coma in my post "Where are the Rock and Roll children?"

About ten years back; the then generation-X got tired of the numerous Nirvana-, Pantera-clones and so-very-tired attempts by old heroes like Metallica and Deep Purple; making way for the ever crying Michael-learns-to-Rock, Britney, Spice Girls, N-Sync etc. By early 2000, hip-hop-rap took over control and 50-cents, Eminem rule supreme now. Remnants of the rock ages were horrible - Hoobastank really stank; Linkin Park; Nickelback all crap...and the big daddy of them all: Coldplay- a band singing to predictable tunes with clichéd lyrics (you get what you want, but not what you need) through the voice of their star Chris Martin who gives me the impression that he would so very much like someone to castrate him right now. U2 seemed to be singing for the sake of singing...And who can forget the assholic cover version of Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers's Under the Bridge by Atomic Kitten. In India, to be the biggest rock intellectual, you had to know everything about Bryan Adams. So I quietly switched from Rock to stuff from Chemical Brothers, Nils Landgren, Outkast and US3.

But signs are that Rock may be coming back... Old timers like Green Day, Foo Fighters, RHCP, the Cure, and Radiohead have churned out good stuff over the last two years. Supergroups like Audioslave and Velvet Revolver have made decent stuff. New bands like The Darkness, Maroon 5, The White Stripes, Kasabian, Good Charlotte, Jet, Keane, Athlete, and the Magic Numbers have been quite refreshing. And even the new Backstreet Boy parody song on the LA metal scene of the '80s sound OK. Who will be the stars out of this pack? I will bet on The Darkness, Kasabian and The Magic Numbers.

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