George Harrison Said the ‘Mass’ of the Music Being Made in the 1980s All Sounded the Same


George Harrison performing at the Prince's Trust Concert in 1987.
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The former Beatle initially fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll when he was a teenager. He loved Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and many other pioneers. They were the essence of the genre, not the artists who came much later.

In 1975, George told David Herman of WNEW-FM (per George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters) that very few people impressed him musically. The only person who wowed him was the sitar legend Ravi Shankar, 

George Harrison said the bulk of the music in the 1980s all sounded the same. The former Beatle had some strong opinions about popular music.

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George Harrison said popular music made him feel ‘uptight’

The former Beatle initially fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll when he was a teenager. He loved Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and many other pioneers. They were the essence of the genre, not the artists who came much later.

In 1975, George told David Herman of WNEW-FM (per George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters) that very few people impressed him musically. The only person who wowed him was the sitar legend Ravi Shankar, his musical and spiritual guru.

“In music, well, it breaks down into … I mean there’s people who have a sort of a more worldly consciousness, and that’s why I’ve always been with Ravi Shankar because he’s bringing, particularly in the west, something obscure and creating an audience,” George said.

Pop music, on the other hand, made George feel “uptight.”

“It’s a whole other train of thought that comes from the music,” George continued. “In simpler terms, there’s people, I like people who just convey in their music some sort of sincerity. I’m a big fan of Smokey Robinson just because musically he is so sweet, he makes you feel nice, he makes me feel good, whereas a lot of music I listen to, which is popular music, just makes me uptight.

“Even if I’m not really listening too close to it, it’s just the sound of it and the whole thing, and the repetition, the boring sort of repetition of how it’s played…”

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George said all the music in the 1980s sounded the same

During an interview with Guitar Player, George said the music coming out of the 1980s all sounded the same. That was one of the reasons why George didn’t make an album between 1982’s Gone Troppo and 1987’s Cloud Nine. He felt the record companies wanted the same music, and he didn’t like it.

“I was fed up with the record business, which was partially, I suppose, my own fault because I just got tired of having all of the responsibility and not having somebody else to bounce off of-but also partially because of the way it was going,” George said.

“Personally, I still prefer the old music-late ’50s and early ’60s, and a lot of stuff from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Of course, there’s stuff now that I do like; I mean, there’s always been some good stuff that I enjoyed. But the mass of stuff, it all just sounds the same to me. And the way the record business was; it went through a down period-not just the record business, but everything, when the oil crisis hit and everyone was getting fired from labels and the radio stations were playing all the same stuff.

“I just got so sick of it. I wrote a song on …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

      

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