Friday, July 25, 2008
Return of the Revenge of Son of the Eighties
This year we're getting new albums by both REM and Metallica -- with their songs available at launch as downloads for play in the "virtual band" videogame Rock Band.
If I needed further proof that I am no longer exactly "young," this is my proof.
Back in my tweens, REM and Metallica were bands with an edge. In the mid-Eighties, back when MTV had something of a cultural edge to it, you could argue that songs like "One" and "Orange Crush" were hard-hitting statements in defiance of things like government and commerce. Now cut to 2008 -- where I'm in my thirties, the band-members are all in their fifties, and their latest efforts will be available for $9.99 as download packs for plastic-guitar champions on the Xbox 360.
"It's the end of the world as we know it," to quote REM...and final evidence that my generation has officially lost its coolness.