March 21st, 2006
I was listening to the local Classic Rock station the other day and it made me wonder, what are today’s Metal/Hard Rock classics? Every now and then the station will play songs like RATT “Round and Round,” Billy Idol “Rebel Yell,” Whitesnake “Still of the Night” or Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Man it’s so hard remembering these tunes came out twenty years ago! Talk about feeling old (I’m 35 this month)!
I’m not saying the song(s) would have to play on the radio to be a “classic” either, don’t get me wrong. For example I consider Metallica “Master of Puppets,” Queensryche “I Don’t Believe in Love,” Crimson Glory “Lady of Winter” and Dream Theater “Pull Me Under” to be classics in their own right. If you want to get more obscure I could pull tunes from albums by Fifth Angel, Sword or Malice as well!
So, what makes a “classic?” For me, it’s a song that changed the perception I had of a certain genre, or that redefined any stereotypes I may have had in my mind about a genre. Also, it could be a song that is just so darn good you can’t help but consider it classic. There are quite a few bands out today that I think are creating classic material in their own way. Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Symphony X, Shadow Gallery, Ayreon, Lost Horizon; these are bands that immediately come to mind as I write this.
Is your band striving to create classic material, or are you content to just add to what’s already out there?
If you aren’t in a band, what bands/songs coming out these days would you consider classic?