The procession of rock (part 4)
The band “Iron Maiden”, one of the giants of heavy metal, it was she who made heavy metal a popular movement among young people. The group was formed in 1977 in the UK. Along with some other bands, “Iron Maiden” was the so-called “new wave of English heavy metal.” Taking the sound of such groups of the early 70s as “Ice Zeppelin” and “Black Sabbet” as a model, “Iron Maiden” in a short time found its musical style, which, in turn, became a guide for other groups. Fame in the homeland came in 1979, when the song “Running Free” hit the “top thirty”. At the same time, the group performed a concert program in the program “Top of the Pops”, becoming the second group after “The Who” to receive this honor in 1973.
Also noteworthy is the German band Helloween, which has made a major contribution to heavy metal. Her distinguishing feature is that throughout her work she has been trying to combine two musical styles – heavy metal and classical. No wonder many music critics christened her music as “Wagnerian metal”. Later, “Helloween” produces another fusion of styles; Slavic folk tunes appear in her music.
Yes, heavy metal has truly become a kind of mixer, incorporating music of various directions and classical, folk music and rock and roll, but the basis is still the immortal Negro blues. It’s interesting that when the vocalist of “Iron Maidan” Dickenson was asked how he came to metal, he exclaimed: “Is there any metal at all?” “There was a blues, the blues remained, only it changed. For me it’s not a style and not a genre, it’s music, and for the sake of this music I came to rock. ”
Rock of the 80s.
The breakup of the Sex Pistols, followed by the decline of punk rock, marked the end of an era of Classical Rock and Roll that lasted more than twenty years. Next began a new era. In different parts of the UK, several young people organized their groups. In northern Newcastle, Gordon Sumner, having finally found like-minded people, teamed up with them in the Polis group. Poor Gordon had only one sweater in black and yellow stripes, because of him he got the nickname “Sting” – Sting. In Dublin, began to rehearsal “U-2.” Nick Rhodes and John Taylor organized the Duran Duran. In London, two groups started at the same time – Kue and Depeche Mode.
All of them were young then, greedy for work, and all of them were future – future stars, heroes of future scandals, authors of future records. By 1978, the young British tiredly lowered their colorful heads, and then all those who, coexisting with punk rock, were not punks were born.
The music that replaced it was called post-punk, although it would be more correct to be post-rock. Growing up somewhere inside the rock, it did not come from black rhythm and blues, but rather from white classics. The audience, blinded by rock, did not notice the substitution, and in the 80s post-punk under the pseudonym “new wave” triumphantly marched across Europe. And for some reason only in Europe took root.
One of the first completely post-punk bands was the Public Image Limited group. The group was made up of fragments of the two greatest groups of the previous generation – “Sex Pistols” and “Flash”. Lydon’s voice, which in the Pistol’s period caused associations with a runaway locomotive whistle, unexpectedly turned out to be quite pleasant, and the cocktail involved in P.I.L. was pleasant. “P.I.L.” didn’t win the noisy fame, but it was this group that became the impetus that made the music of the next generation develop.
In the mid-eighties, Kue entered the heyday. Having overcome with hits, they now preferred instrumental pieces with a minimum of text and a detailed arrangement.
The possibilities of purely electronic creativity, which were chosen for themselves by rivals and associates of Kue, Depeche Mode, attracted musicians from the 1960s. After the punks who hated the synthesizer, it was rediscovered by the Human League, thanks to which by the 80th year they had become a very popular group. But the whole difficulty consisted in writing catchy melodies. And Depeche Mod did it. ” The Mirror Record magazine in 1984 called the group “a supergroup of international composition.” During this period, the group, in addition to music, developed an extraordinary political activity and even sided with the “Red Wedge” trend led by Bill Bragg. At the same time, the organization of concerts was perfected. Shocked by the scenery and lighting effects, the critics unanimously admitted that of all electronic groups, Depeche Mode has the most powerful concert show.