Study: Deep Down, We Love Our Parents’ Music

So if you think 80s music is great and 90s music is crap, that may simply reflect the year of your birth, and your parents birth. (Sixties pop may be its own special case, as well explore shortly.) In the journalPsychological Science,Cornell University psychologist Carol Lynne Krumhansl and Justin Adam Zupnick of the University of California-Santa Cruz describe a study featuring 62 young adults (average age 20). Participants listened to a series of 11 music clips, each of which featured the two top songs from each year during a five-year period (starting with 1955-59 and concluding with 2005-09). The recordings ranged from Bill HaleysRock Around the Clockand Elvis PresleysHeartbreak HoteltoBoom Boom Powby the Black Eyed Peas and Lady GagasPoker Face. They were asked if they recognized and liked the songs, what emotions the songs evoked, and whether the songs triggered personal memories. If so, they were asked whether the memories involved their parents, peers, or listening alone. Not surprisingly, the most recent music evoked the strongest responses. However, participants also expressed increased recognition and enjoyment of songs from two earlier periods: The late 1960s and the early 1980s. Oddly, these participants exhibited something like a reminiscence bump for music released in two time periods before they were born, the researchers write. The bump for music popular from 1980 to 1984 might be explained in terms of intergenerational influences, according to Krumhansl and Zupnick. Our participants parents were born on average in 1960, so 1980 to 1984 was when their parents averaged 20 to 25 years of age. According to previous research, this would be the time when their parents preferences were established. One assumes, therefore, that this music was played during parents child-rearing years, and made an imprint on our listeners when they were children. OK, but what about the similar spike in appreciation for songs from the 60s? That would be the period when their grandparents came of age, so its possible they discovered the songs through them.

MUSIC PREVIEW: Barrence Whitfield and his old bandmates are back on the prowl

By Associated Press, The 1975, The 1975 (Dirty Hit/Polydor) The 1975s self-titled debut is a mixed bag. Jumping from guitar-heavy indie hits to disco funk dance-floor tracks, the boys from Northern England say the varied sound of the album is down to their lack of identity. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas That lack of identity allows a rawness to emerge, both in lyrics and music. However, despite the variation on the album, the indie pop tracks are the ones that work the best. Chocolate is the perfect concoction, opening with an infectious riff, and it almost doesnt matter that the only word in the song you can decipher is chocolate. The City plays off the strength of singer Matty Healys voice coupled with a pounding drum beat and a repetitive chorus. The album is co-produced by Mike Crossey, who has worked with The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys, and though The 1975s lyrics dont match the lyrical prowess of Alex Turner, at times they are as playful and sarcastic. In the synth-filled Girls they jibe: I like your face despite your nose, seventeen and a half years old. In general, however, lyrics are littered with teenage angst. Sex covers the obvious themes of teenage lust but paints some literal scenes: My shirt looks so good, when its just hanging off your back. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Music Review: English band The 1975 defies being pigeon-holed on debut with genre exploration

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And we began talking about the Savages. Along with original bassist Phil Lenker, Whitfield and Greenberg put together an updated version of the Savages that released a record, Savage Kings, in 2011. It saw limited distribution in the U.S., but it was enough to get the Savages mojo working again. Peter and Phil are old friends they still call me by my [given name] Barry, neither of them calls me Barrence, Whitfield said, laughing. We just thought it was time to do it. Before doing Savage Tracks we hadnt played together in almost 27 years, but we jumped right in it was like 1986 when we left off. “Were showing the world that, yes, this is rock n roll, and yes, this is how you do it, says Barrence Whitfield, who headlines Cambridges Middle East Saturday. Things may be a little different now, but I just warn everyone with a cell phone: dont have em on. Theyll all blow up anyway! Whitfield would know; when it comes to raw power and brilliant showmanship, hes old school to the bone. As one of the best musical talents the Boston areas ever produced a consummate soul, R&B, blues and country singer with seemingly bottomless reserves of energy and stage charisma he also knows theres still a place for his kind of music, which won over audiences during his 1980s heyday with local ravers the Savages and has never quite gone away since. Well, thats not quite accurate: Up until around 2009, Whitfield had only been gigging sporadically in the U.S. while he worked on various music and film projects and focused his concert touring on Europe, where his audiences have remained strong for decades. But recording new music and playing shows with an assemblage called the Monkey Hips seemed to reboot Whitfields urge to go after U.S. concertgoers again. And it turned out that another reboot the Savages wasnt that far behind. In 2010, Whitfield officially reunited with original Savages guitarist and area staple Peter Greenberg, a veteran of DMZ, Lyres and Customs whod first come across Whitfield working in the Kenmore Square record store Nuggets decades ago.

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And sometimes obvious choices (like orange juice for breakfast) are the best ones. The Gun Club, ‘Mother of Earth’ The Gun Clubs album Miami is one of the best records ever made, and this song always conjures up images of a hot, dry, dusty Texas summer where nothing moves, and the air is unbelievably hot and still. The Verve, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ In 2000 I was spending a lot of time in the UK, playing festivals and concerts, and somehow the weather in the UK was amazing (which, sadly, isnt often the case). I remember hearing this song over and over again at Glastonbury (in the car park, at Joe Strummers camp, on boomboxes, etc.), and it just seemed like the most perfect song for that perfect summer. Led Zeppelin, ‘Going to California’ Once again, is there anything better than Led Zeppelin on a perfect summer day? Once again, no, there isnt. The Doors, ‘The Crystal Ship’ I remember going on a date in L.A. years ago. It was the middle of summer, we drove up to Mulholland, sat in her pickup overlooking the valley, and this song came on the radio. It felt like gravity weakened. Everything on the planet started floating out to space a little bit. The Strokes, ‘Is This It’ wandering around New York City at 5:30 a.m on a summer morning after a long night out, and you hear this song as the sun is coming up, I can almost guarantee it will make perfect sense to you, and you will be happy. The Doors, ‘L.A. Woman’ Eh, what the hell, another Doors song. I reserve the right to be repetitive.