MUSIC 162 CD 9 notes - MUSIC 162 SPRING 2008 American Pop...

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MUSIC 162 - SPRING 2008 American Pop Song Shannon Dudley Listening Examples CD #9 The 1970s (II) A. Punk and New Wave 1. Velvet Underground [1967]: "I'm Waiting for the Man" Although the Velvet Underground never sold many records, their intentionally crude sound and alienated lyrics influenced many important figures in the Punk/New Wave movement of the 1970s. Pop-artist Andy Warhol discovered the group in 1966 at the Cafe Bizarre in NYC, and produced their first album (with a peelable picture of a banana on its cover). Guitarist/vocalist Lou Reed and viola player John Cale, former students of classical music, were the key members. Their style combined a loud, repetitive, minimalist sound -- deliberately designed to be 'uncommercial' -- with lyrics focused on alienation, sado-masochism, drug addiction, and violence. "I'm Waiting for the Man" is a description of Reed's journey to Harlem to buy heroin from a pusher. 2. The Ramones [1978]: "I Wanna Be Sedated" The Ramones' quintessential punk sound -- simple, high-speed, energetic guitar chords without solos -- influenced London punk groups and also became a blue print for L.A. hardcore bands. Although they project a street-tough image, all are from middle class Queens families. Their manager Danny Fields had previously worked with MC5, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, and Lou Reed. The Ramones gained popularity playing at CBGB&OMFUG; (Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Urban Gourmets), a Bowery bar that was a center of the NYC alternative music scene in the mid-1970s. They were one of the first of the CBGB bands to sign a record contract, with the indie label Sire. The Ramones' 1976 tour of England inspired many London Punk musicians. Their style was influenced by the Stooges, bubblegum music and surf music. "I Wanna Be Sedated" is a parody of the Beach Boys' style. 3. Talking Heads [1977]: "Psycho Killer" Talking Heads, formed in 1975 by design-school graduates David Byrne and Chris Frantz, represents the more self-consciously "artsy" side of the New York new wave club scene. They played their first shows at CBGB&OMFUG (Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Urban Gourmets), a Bowery bar that was a center of the N.Y. punk scene in the mid-1970s.
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Their sound -- featuring Byrne's trembling high-pitched voice and eclectic songwriting -- is very different from that of the Ramones, with whom they toured in the early days. Talking Heads have drawn the elements of funk, minimalism, and African rhythms, creating some of the most adventurous and danceable new wave music. Brian Eno produced three of their albums. 4. The Sex Pistols [1976]: "Anarchy in the UK" The owner of a London "anti-fashion" boutique, Sex, Malcolm McLaren had first managed a glam-rock group, the New York Dolls, in 1975. McLaren conceived the idea of a Rock and roll band that would challenge the mainstream pop music industry. Glen Matlock (bass), Paul Cook (drums) and Steve James (guitar) were regular customers at the shop, and they were looking for a
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course MUSIC 162 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '05 term at University of Washington.

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