Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Soul Music

 Many of today's most popular female artists paid tribute to American Soul Music in VH1's most recent incarnation of it's Diva's series.
The one interlude which caught my eye was the Soulboy/Casual piece which brought up the 80's New Wave of acts who dominated early MTV by selling Black music back to the States presented by mostly white people.

Wham, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Simply Red, ABC, Human League, Heaven 17... The list of British Soulboys/Casuals reads like a "Best of MTVVH1" list.
Odd... When a culture seems to be on the verge of dying, it is only with the injection of Soul that it can be saved.


CNu said...

and 30 years prior to the "Casuals" rock and roll?

so what's next on the salvation injection popular cultural event horizon?

uglyblackjohn said...

Of course Rock and Roll, and before that Gospel, Ragtime, Jazz, ...

Next? Man if I knew that I'd start a record company. I think it's gone beyond the tipping point though. It's pretty bad when even Soul has no soul.

Val said...

It's happening again, UBJ. Adele, Josh Stone and Florence + The Machine are all White British imports with heavy soul music influences.

CNu said...

@Val the thought of sad little Amy Winehouse had crossed my mind along those lines, as well.

Val said...


Amy is definitely on that list.

amanda said...

Those boys look so pretty. I can remember just how much that new romantic look affected me especially with Adam Ant in his pirate gear. Sort of pop goes mills and boon.

uglyblackjohn said...

@ Val - And Sade is STILL around as well.
I guess the originals will always be the best.

@ Miss AJ - The New Ro/Casuals crossover blurred the lines of one movement and the next.
We had a lot of groups who did well here from your part of the globe as well. Midnight Oil and Inxs were my favorites.
MO - political.
Inxs - soulful.

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