On my way into work this morning, I was listening to a compilation of early Roxy Music, and I found that it began to demonstrate just a little of what’s wrong with Modern Popular Music Today, Kids (in my humble opinion, of course).
Firstly, we need more songs like Re-make/Re-model, where the chorus (“CPL 593H”) is based on a car’s number plate. There just aren’t enough pop songs that have spotted the snappy chorus potential of car registrations. We also need more records that, like this one, feature bass guitar solos and drum solos (albeit mercifully brief ones; we’re not talking Prog Rock here).
Next, it was Do the Strand (“Rhododendron is a nice flower!”), which led to me musing that Modern Popular Music Today, Kids, doesn’t feature nearly enough records based on entirely fictitious dance crazes, as sung by someone doing a fairly accurate impression of what Noel Coward would have sounded like if he’d taken speed and then over-enunciated all his consonants to almost comic effect.
At this juncture, I should point out that I’m really not getting old before my time. After all, the first Roxy Music album came out when I was only one year old, and I wasn’t a great purchaser of utterly pretentious glam rock while still in nappies. I’m just making up for lost time (with the musical appreciation, not the nappies).