Last week, we had some discussion about the Millennial generation and their current state.  You know, I like Millennials.  Overall, I think they’re good kids with a great destiny.  More often than not, you will find that I generally say nice things about them, with few exceptions.

The Baby Boomers?  Sorry, guys, but as a Gen-Xer, I’m too steeped in John Hughes movies to give you a pass on much.  There is at least one glowing exception to that, however. Your generation consistently produced excellent musicians and wonderful genres and you had the good taste to help them flourish.  Although there are outstanding Millennial musicians, the tastes of that generation in general are fairly bad.

Let’s give some love to the Boomers.  You young people like hip-hop?  Invented by Boomers like Grandmaster Flash (b. 1958).  How about heavy metal?  Mostly carried forward by Boomers like Led Zeppelin (Plant, b. 1948, Jones, b. 1946, and Bonham, b. 1948; though Jimmy Page is techically Silent Generation, b. 1944).  Then there’s Punk Rock, ushered in by Boomers such as The Ramones.

Additionally, the Boomers produced the artists that all Gen-Xers grew up worshipping on MTV.  None of us could imagine a world in which the late, great Boomers such as David Bowie, Prince, or Michael Jackson had never lived.

Oh, and thanks for raising us and all.  I guess we shouldn’t be complete ingrates now that you’ve gotten up there in years.

Gen-X?  Our only new, major genres were perversions of what the Boomers had created in the form of Gangsta Rap and Rap-Rock.  Ugh.  I’m sure some of you will say, “What about grunge, you asshole?”  Sorry, I don’t consider grunge to be a musical genre.  Both Alice in Chains and Nirvana are considered grunge, both arose out of the Seattle musical scene in the late-80s/early 90’s, and they sound nothing alike.  AIC is closer to metal and Nirvana is punk.  Feel free to make your best argument telling me I’m wrong, I don’t care.  Grunge was a subculture, not a genre.

Then there’s the poor Millennials.  I guess you have that music that uses that “womp womp womp womp” sound, but I think that was invented way earlier too.  I’m trying to throw you a bone here.  Work with me.

The greatest musical force of the past century was the Silent Generation (b. 1925-1944), which has nearly faded away completely with the recent passing of Chuck Berry.  The sheer musical power that this generation produced was of extraordinary magnitude and may never be equaled.  Thank them for Rock N’ Roll, Funk, and Soul among others.   They also get partial credit for Heavy Metal.  This generation encompasses everyone from Elvis to James Brown to Jerry Lee Lewis to Dio to Johnny Cash.  Say what you want about their politics in their old age, but these elderly folks rocked it ever day of their lives.  They deserve our respect.

Really, the name Silent has to be a misnomer when you look at this generation’s musical accomplishments.  What do you expect though?  They grew up with Sinatra, Big Band, R&B, and the like.  The lesson is that if you want better music to start coming out,  get your kids and grandchildren listening to better music.  Turn off that Radio Disney shit and we’ll have a shot at producing some true artists.

To participate, please share a song with a YouTube link in the comments.  It will be added to the embedded playlist.  All songs should fit one of the below themes:

  1. “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation”: The best music of your generation.
  2. “When You Comin’ Home, Son?”: Music that speaks to generational differences….and similarities…and how we relate to each other.
  3. “Snowflake Serenade”: Any of that newfangled stuff the youngsters are listening to, with their tight jeans and Facebooks or SnapperChat or whatever the hell it is.
  4. “I Learned It By Watching You!”: Musical styles that were created by one generation, faded, and then were revived by a later one.
  5. “We Didn’t Start the Fire”: Songs that defined generations either in general or during certain eras.

Dedications for my youthful but aging cohorts.

pfluffy: For you, some Black Angels.  Psychedelic music was invented by the Silent generation and this band has almost managed to resurrect and perfect it.

zoomwsu: Who can forget Gen-X’s great Swing Revival of the 90’s?  Well, I tried when I was living through it.  But it was impossible.

westvirginiarebel: I had wanted this Millennial band to make it a lot bigger when they appeared a few years ago.  They came closer to Nirvana with this one song than Courtney Love ever did.  Could have led to a grunge revival.  Wasn’t meant to be.

Santino: Greatest Millennial act out there, in my opinion.  I’m with you on this one.

Grendel: Unfortunately, this doesn’t count as a #4 since the band members are in the same generation as the original glam rockers, but it’s impossible not to love how perfectly they capture the essence of it all.

Zurvan: Here’s a song by a Millennial band that beautifully captures the style of Eric Clapton.

mashav: We’re close in age, so you get one from one of my most worn-out albums from the grunge era.  It’s even more appropriate since it is supposedly about another grunge era musician who was pretty famous but far from immortal.

Would you like a dedication next week?  It’s easy.  All you have to do is add a song this week.  You get what you give.

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Some Pink Floyd to cover 1 & 2.

I don’t know if their sound necessarily died, but I hear a little Queen in Muse. Also the opening riff of this song reminds me a little of Van Halen.

For #3 I do have one guilty pleasure right now.

I really like the Dead Sara song. This is why I’m so glad you’ve revived this thread, there’s a lot of good music out there I don’t know about. Thanks for that!


Easy. The song that I’ve sung to my son a hundred times. It doesn’t really have any specific lyrical coordination to our relationship. Not yet, anyways.

Is it strange that these guys are considered classic rock?

Rock revival?

Also, I’m pretty sure these guys helped define a generation that grew up in between Led Zeppelin and Van Halen:

GOD i love Steel Panther, they are everything every 80’s hair band wanted to be and sing about.. no Tipper Gore bible thumping igots to shut them down this time around.

oh hell yes !… Pretty Reckless, this is good stuff.

#2 Harry Chapin Cat’s in the Cradle. oh god, this song so speaks to me. like father like son, i can see it so much now, in my self, my son(s) and My father.

hey, that is not bad at all.
I find it very hard to find new stuff that is , what i call good, outside of hard rock or metal……

Say what you want about Gen-X, we knew how to get people MOVING!

This guy had a culture surrounding him. Thrill probably knows who it is before he even clicks 🙂

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Oh, and I love the Black Angels. This one shows up on soundtracks. Very Zeppeliny. I am pretty sure it was a long ago dedication ( she’s slow, but she’s still old). I will probably loop it like 5 times before I move on to something else.

I think this covers #5 a bit miss bye bye American pie
As for songs that defined a generation: on my old mans end. The boomers.

Beach boys: I get around

California Girls
409… for the gear heads.
Jan and Dean Deadmans curve.


“Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation”: The best music of your generation. Michael Jackson’s first Grammy winning solo hit, coincidentally released the year I was born. “When You Comin’ Home, Son?”: Music that speaks to generational differences….and similarities…and how we relate to each other. Fortunate Son comes to mind. “Snowflake Serenade”: Any of that newfangled stuff the youngsters are listening to, with their tight jeans and Facebooks or SnapperChat or whatever the hell it is. Pentatonix has done some amazing renditions of popular songs, and even some pretty cool original stuff, most of it a capella. They’re amazingly talented. Examples here, and… Read more »

The original sound goes back quite a few generations. Actually, this is a good example of “all music is derivative”.


Just to be contrary I am gonna flip 4 and go with old men singing young men’s songs to completely change the meaning:
you posted this last week –
but this is my favorite –


Yeah, no examples of 4 came to mind. Figured that was close enough. Well, carry them over to next week.


In the Living years

Perfect! Love that song.

Zurvan where is your barbershop quartet????

“We Didn’t Start the Fire”: Songs that defined generations either in general or during certain eras.

Well it be to much work to link all the Iron Maiden, Led Zepplin, megadeth, Metallica, and Black Sabbath… ugh but all that did define my generation far as i see it.

Iron Maiden – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song

Megadeth – A Tout Le Monde

Metallica – One

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”

Here is a #4. Try to listen without moving 🙂 .

(Oh, and read the blurb about the video. If that isn’t millennial what is 🙂 )

Ooooh, Megadeth! Remember this one with the famous bassline. I think this was used for MTV News.


Pentatonix is 5, so that’s almost what you’re asking for.


Fine. This is what your CBO thread made me feel like and it defines a period in the 1980s for me:

Well, thank god that wasnt

HA! taht every other day at work for me! LOL..

oh hell yeah……


Wow, pfluffy. That spoke right to my high school years. Love me some Zombie.


Letters from Home is a great song.


For # 2.

Time Marches On

For # 3. By a former One Direction member. I love this song without apology.

This Town


That’s awesome. Don’t let all this fame go to your head, Thrill. I want to be proud when I tell people I knew you before you made it big.

One of my favorite Bush songs.

The Chemicals Between Us


She’s amazing.


Another for # 3. Whatever you think of her stage affectations, Lady Gaga is one of the most talented singers/songwriters of recent years.

She leaves me Speechless

“When You Comin’ Home, Son? Mom i’m coming home

“We Didn’t Start the Fire”: ……….we didnt start the fire….


That’s hilarious. Back in the 90’s when Bush first hit, I had no idea who they were. I was listening to the radio one afternoon, and they had a giveaway “be caller 9” sort of thing. I won, and the giveaway was their CD Sixteen Stone, and a bush (a bonsai tree). I quite enjoyed them back in the day. Ahh memories.

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