The 1980s gave birth to one of my favourite bands that are still around today. The 80s saw the birth and the steady rise to stardom for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who reinvented the funk rock genre from the early 80s. With four album releases spanning the 80s from their first album which was released in 1984, to their fourth which was released in 1989. I chose to take a single from their fourth album Mother's Milk. The single was a hugely popular cover of a Stevie Wonder classic Higher Ground which was originally released in 1973.
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I feel this song represents the 80s as it takes something popular from the previous decade and converts it for the then contemporary time. The fact that the song was reinvented with a more harsher funk rock sound and introduced to a new audience. It become hugely popular again, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers winning an MTV video award for the single. It has been voted one of the best cover songs of all time, and has been used in a huge array of films, from the 90s to the present day. To me it sums up the 80s, its hard and fast like the lifestyle of most musicians during the era. It sums up the the alternative music scene, that was always opposing the mainstream rock such as Bon Jovi and other such glam rock acts.
The song that I feel that will be remembered in 30 years or so, was quite a tough one to choose. I went through a few songs, sometimes realising that the artist isn't American, but I eventually settled on The Black Keys latest lead single from their new album El Camino. The Black Keys are a blues rock band, that formed in 2001. They have released 7 albums with moderate success. Their 2010 album Brothers was the album that really settled them into the public's mind with singles like "Tighten Up" and "Howlin' For You."
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I feel this song will be remembered in 30 years, as it is incredibly catchy, and popular. The Black Key's latest album seems to have shot them to the conscious of the public with them preforming at various festivals this year, as well as getting considerable radio play. Their songs have also been featured in many films widening the audience even further. The type of music that the Black Keys create, has huge influence in the 60s blues, and throughout their 7 albums they have updated the sound and brought it into the 21st century. With this much talent, this duo should remembered for bringing back blues rock to the public eye.