Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Ray Davies once sang, "Rock songs come and rock songs go, but rock and roll will live on for ever...all of the day and all of the night." Rock and roll has become an endangered species. The kids are into hiphop and have been over the course of my teaching career (14 years). There are a few rockers left, but rock has splintered into various minor cults. The cult of Goth and emo. There are very specific "looks" that go along with each of these cults. I see small groups of them on the fringes of the middle school sock hops.

If you are one of the few who have been watching Rockstar: Supernova, you know what I mean. There is the South African tatooed woman or if you prefer, the tatooed skunk-haired Canadian guy. There's a bald man from Iceland and a hot lad from Australia. Seems like these days rock is far more popular in cultures other than the U$ of A. The only remaining representative from this country is called Storm Large. She is the most mature of the contestants in so many ways, and yet many viewers have not been able to get a handle on who she is and what she does.

Storm is the best singer and performer on the show and has been since day one. However, her appeal is not as strong among the young teenybopper girls. (Is "teenybopper" used as a descriptive any more? I really don't know!) She exudes intelligence , confidence, positive energy and is sexually appealing to people regardless of individual gender preferences. She turns people on in a non gratuitous way. I would guess that the people who do not like her performances are probably uptight in some way.

I've been watching this show all summer long and thanfully, there's only one more week after this and it wraps up. I've become addicted to the fan forum boards, bouncing around from Sucks to Television Without Pity to Rockband.com to stormlarge.com, which is where I call home these days. If you haven't been there, that's where you can find links to her music online. See for yourself!


Sebastian said...

NEW YORK - Re rock and roll. It was an influence on what is taking its place. But the Stones still tour and Bob Dylan is back at the top of the charts — for the first time in 30 years. His new album, "Modern Times," reached No. 1 on the album sales chart, selling 192,000 units in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday.
The critically acclaimed disc is Dylan's first No. 1 album since 1976's "Desire."

Village Green said...

A friend gave me a copy of "Modern Times" (Dylan not Chaplin!) but I haven't had a chance to listen to it. Frankly, the thought of listening to ol' gravel voice is not turning me on right now. I'm listening to "The Calm Years" by Storm Inc. As for the Stones -- not my cup of tea.