Sunday, April 12, 2009
A musical outrage
As was implied in the New York Times review of the musical Rock of Ages, the musical makes the following categorization --
In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more
The problem of course being the inclusion of Journey with the worst excesses of glam/hair "metal", which, apart from anything else, came well after Journey's dominance of the airwaves. Now of course one could argue that they pioneered the rock ballad but that's like blaming Led Zeppelin for She's My Cherry Pie. And it's doubtful any hair metal band could even write an intricate song like Don't Stop Believing, let alone perform it live.