Joe Walsh on Music in the Digital Age: "No Mojo"

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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zMrQIJiRDQ"]Episode 60 Joe Walsh Live From Daryl's House with Daryl Hall Current Episode15 - YouTube[/ame]

Joe's opinion on music in the digital age: "No Mojo... Nobody's testifying..."

Too harsh? Cynical? Analog Man rant? Too global an assessment? Too much, Funk #49?

Or, it has Turn To Stone?

Your opinion?
 

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Well I think just with what's out there today you can hear what is going on. It's pretty obvious if you listen to what is selling and it's overprocessed autotuned stuff.

There ARE some bands still doing old school rock n' roll with analog recording but not much. But most rock bands are just that, they are missing the roll and in some cases autotune the crap out of everything.

Rock music is alive and well. Rock N' Roll is on it's way out in popular music, sadly.
 

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Yeah, I agree. I prefer real people playing real instruments. Making music through their hands, not a pre-programmed machine. To me, it just sounds too neat and tidy.

Too much Funk #49? I say not enough Funk #48.
 

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Billboard Top 100 from 1975, when Joe was on top of the music world. Lotsa souless crap here too (IMO the entire Top 10 SUCKS!)

1 Captain and Tennille Love Will Keep Us Together
2 Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy
3 Elton John Philadelphia Freedom
4 Freddy Fender Before The Next Teardrop Falls
5 Frankie Valli My Eyes Adored You
6 Earth, Wind and Fire Shining Star
7 David Bowie Fame
8 Neil Sedaka Laughter In The Rain
9 Eagles One Of These Nights
10 John Denver Thank God I'm A Country Boy
11 Bee Gees Jive Talkin'
12 Eagles Best Of My Love
13 Minnie Riperton Lovin' You
14 Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting
15 Doobie Brothers Black Water
16 Sweet Ballroom Blitz
17 B.J. Thomas (Hey Wont You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
18 Tony Orlando and Dawn He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)
19 Janis Ian At Seventeen
20 Average White Band Pick Up The Pieces
21 Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony The Hustle
22 Labelle Lady Marmalade
23 War Why Can't We Be Friends?
24 Major Harris Love Wont Let Me Wait
25 Stevie Wonder Boogie On Reggae Woman
26 Freddy Fender Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
27 Isley Brothers Fight The Power, Pt. 1
28 Helen Reddy Angie Baby
29 Ozark Mountain Daredevil Jackie Blue
30 Ohio Players Fire
31 Pilot Magic
32 Carpenters Please Mr. Postman
33 America Sister Golden Hair
34 Elton John Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
35 Barry Manilow Mandy
36 Olivia Newton-John Have You Never Been Mellow
37 Barry Manilow Could It Be Magic
38 Harry Chapin Cat's In The Cradle
39 Michael Murphy Wildfire
40 Jessi Colter I'm Not Lisa
41 Wings Listen To What The Man Said
42 10cc I'm Not In Love
43 Billy Swan I Can Help
44 Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds Fallin' In Love
45 Morris Albert Feelings
46 Sammy Johns Chevy Van
47 Linda Ronstadt When Will I Be Loved
48 Barry White You're The First, The Last, My Everthing
49 Olivia Newton-John Please Mr Please
50 Linda Ronstadt You're No Good
51 Bazuka Dynomite
52 Blackbyrds Walking In Rhythm
53 Gladys Knight and The Pips The Way We Were / Try To Remember
54 Melissa Manchester Midnight Blue
55 Sugarloaf Don't Call Us, We'll Call You
56 Phoebe Snow Poetry Man
57 Ace How Long
58 B.T. Express Express
59 Earth, Wind and Fire That's The Way Of The World
60 Styx Lady
61 Grand Funk Bad Time
62 Alice Cooper Only Women
63 Carol Douglas Doctor's Orders
64 K.C. and The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
65 Joe Cocker You Are So Beautiful / It's A Sin When You Love Somebody
66 Paul Anka and Odia Coates One Man Woman-One Woman Man
67 Bad Company Feel Like Makin' Love
68 James Taylor How Sweet It Is
69 Orleans Dance With Me
70 Average White Band Cut The Cake
71 Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye
72 Paul Anka I Don't Like To Sleep Alone
73 Donny and Marie Osmond Morning Side Of The Mountain
74 Grand Funk Some Kind Of Wonderful
75 Three Degrees When Will I See You Again
76 Joe Simon Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor)
77 John Denver I'm Sorry / Calypso
78 Queen Killer Queen
79 Eddie Kendricks Shoeshine Boy
80 B.T. Express Do It (Til You're Satisfied)
81 Electric Light Orchestra Can't Get It Out Of My Head
82 Al Green Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy)
83 America Lonely People
84 Rufus You Got The Love
85 Mike Post The Rockford Files
86 Tavares It Only Takes A Minute
87 Ringo Starr No No Song / Snookeroo
88 Paul McCartney and Wings Junior's Farm / Sally G
89 Jethro Tull Bungle In The Jungle
90 Leo Sayer Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)
91 Elton John Someone Saved My Life Tonight
92 Ray Stevens Misty
93 Neil Sedaka Bad Blood
94 Carpenters Only Yesterday
95 Dwight Twilley Band I'm On Fire
96 Ringo Starr Only You
97 Amazing Rhythm Aces Third Rate Romance
98 Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet / Free Wheelin'
99 Frankie Valli Swearin' To God
100 Disco Tex and The Sex-O-lettes Get Dancin'
 

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Yeah, but at least the people on that list were actually playing music, not computer programmers.
 

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Yeah, but at least the people on that list were actually playing music, not computer programmers.
'All this machinery, making modern music, can still be open-hearted'

To be honest, I'm pretty stuck in the 70s, but s*** music is s*** music. I'd rather hear something done by computer that sounds good, than crap played by instruments. Personally, I just think that the industry is growing weaker and is not on top of some great music coming out. We just need to learn where to look.
 

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There is some merit to what Joe is saying....

The current state of recording technology makes editing down to the most minute detail incredibly easy. If you couple this with the impulse many individuals have to get things perfect, there's a real danger in losing the "human" touch we all love about recordings made in the pre-digital age.

The band I'm working with at the moment is currently in the studio, and we've made it really clear to the producer that we don't want any of the parts comped. That said, the producer in question has put up points for our recording deal, so he has a pretty big say in how things get done. I do know that the drum tracks have been quantized and there's been some "touch up" work done here and there (and we haven't even gotten to the rough mix yet). When you've got record companies, producers, executive producers, etc. involved, the concept of art for art's sake becomes murky proposition.
 

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An opinion like that coming from a guy like Joe, being that he was huge in the 70's makes sense, you go off of what you know. However, I think there's a reason that digital recording is taking over analog - the latter may "sound better", but the former is much more accessible and overall easier to use. A kid, right now, can go buy an Audio Interface and some virtual instrument programs like Guitar Rig, and realistically record a decent record in his bedroom. That, to me, is very cool - good, professional quality recording is now an option for everybody - not just those who can afford to go into a decent analog studio and spend sh!tloads of money to make a record.

So it may sound too neat or too perfect - but I don't think that's too bad of a trade considering the doors that digital recording has opened for so many people.

IMO, YMMV.
 

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I agree for the most part. Still quite a few bands out there
that play instruments for their recordings.

I really agree with the lack of money to be made
with album sales. I still buy cd's :wow: yup, never downloaded
anything in my life :laugh2::laugh2:
 

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I'll happily listen to that entire top 100 list over and over and over again before wanting to hear anything ever again from Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or Nicki Menaj or Carly Rae Jepson or Chris Brown or Ke$ha or...need I continue?
 

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I never liked Joe or his music, but he is right. Everything sounds too processed and perfect for my taste. BTW I am also a grumpy, irrelevant old man myself, and damn, I like it :naughty:.
 

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I'll happily listen to that entire top 100 list over and over and over again before wanting to hear anything ever again from Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or Nicki Menaj or Carly Rae Jepson or Chris Brown or Ke$ha or...need I continue?
I'll take the Bieb over Kung-Fu Fighting or the Captain and Tennille
 


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