DD TV The Sounding Board – November 2013

This is our rock music dedicated featurette

Rock and heavy metal fans have silly stereotypes on pop music ones, in particular if the pop music fans are girls. Rock fans are used to mob and to use psychological violence, speaking obscene language. Women have hard life in rock music and it’s sad to acknowledge it in 2013!

It’s harder to imitate and to make covers of a guitarist than to make covers of a drummer. Drummer is just like a “groove maker”, whereas guitarist is like a “melody-style” maker.    

Shocking news: being jailed while he was listening to Pink Floyd’s music loud at night: so much happened in June in the UK to a young fan, after his neighbors’ protests. Rock music is noise and it’s the voice of freedom, but although the rules on listening to music at night are strict, they must be respected. The fact in the UK makes us laugh, because it took place in the “cradle of rock music”.

Rock evolved too fast, that’s why it’s since early 1990s rock music isn’t any more so exciting as it was before. We don’t mean commercially, but artistically, it stopped bringing really NEW things.

One year passed since we first noticed it, but for a woman in the western it’s hard to be welcome in groups of rock fans: girls are mocked when they love “heavy metal-heavy rock bands”. It’s hard to like such a made world. We think the only cure is to heal men. We’re desolated, but the girls in the DDTV group won’t stop listening to their fave rock and roll bands.

“Rock isn’t noise pollution and it ain’t gonna die”: that’s a song title of an album track by AC/DC and featured in their milestone record “Back in black”. It sounds like a motto, but the lyric reads more like a response to someone’s critic on them, or on rock music, a bit like Rolling Stone’s “It’s only rock and roll”. How come do we find “responses” or “venting” in rock music? Maybe because pop music is easier to run in the music industry and rockers are generally”rebels”.

One of the best most amazing Italian music journalists and one of the most appreciated by musicians all over the world, mister Red Ronnie, back in 2009, in partnership and in collaboration with the Milan City Council had the opportunity to realize with all of his memorabilia an exhibit on rock music, from the ‘50s to 90s, in a sort of Music Museum, just like the Rock Museum you currently can visit in London, UK, but the Milan Museum was in a temporary building. Since one of the DD TV staff members works as employee in the City Council, journalists never misses a chance to thank her for making it all possible, “together we could accomplish to realize something revolutionary”. By the way of “revolutionary”, rock music IS still an odd thing in Italy: it’s the cradle of “mélo” and poetry, although the Elvis-lead rock invasion, the punks, and the first and second British music invasions were overwhelming. Still happy for visiting your Museum Ronnie!  

Progressive rock music is kind of more balanced rock music: it features softer sounds, so to speak, than the rest of rock music and that’s why it seems to be underrated.

In the rock bands you often have songs written by all of the members, whereas in pop music in every group you have a leading mind, who also serves glue for the group. In rock music you often have lead guitarists, who, sometimes are kind of rebel guys, but mostly are like glue that keeps together their bands; they do defend the chemistry within the group members. 





Our fave songs are the hit singles, Hells Bells, Back in Black, Shoot to thrill: they were all milestones on the dance floor where we were teens in the 80s.

The only song we don’t like very much is “Let me put my love into you”, because it’s the only love song that doesn’t fit in an album of fire and violence.

Lyrics speak of death, rebellion and in a less accentuated way, of love, as well: typically rock and roll lyrics.

“Rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” is our fave song to ponder on rock music, on its situation in early 80s. It recalls “It ain’t a parody” by Silverhead, ( the band of  awesome actor Michael Des Barres). It sounds like a perfect motto, for the fans and for all good rock music devotes: Elvis would have loved it too.  

This is one of the rock albums whose music should always be honoured, for its energy, for the fun, for being an album for all.


YES – 90125

Our fave songs are: Cinema, Changes, It can happen, Leave it and, of course, the mega-hit single Lonely of a Lonely Heart.

The guitars and drums are the engine of the album, but it doesn’t a heavy rock album. It isn’t that noisy, loud angry rock that gets you insanely high; it is a form of “tolerable” balance of rock sounds, as if it were an experimental pop record.

The vocals sound the typical ones of the 70s rock records, although this one was released in 1984. 

Jon Anderson is the vocalist who often in the past years worked with the another famous amazing American rock band, Toto.


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