When I was young I was trying to make sense of all around me.
I discovered music and I discovered radio. Radio brought me that music. I didn’t realise, but, in the bigger picture the music I loved was new music. It was the the new and exciting pop music of the day. I was hungry for it and always wanted more.
What I couldn’t really understand as a teenager was how anybody could not love this new music. It was with a considerable shock that I discovered the old people of the day hated it. They weren’t indifferent to it, they openly hated it. Indeed, in those days the old people didn’t just hate new music, but actually thought it was Satan‘s conduit for corrupting the young. The dance moves of Cliff Richard, Tom Jones or Mick Jagger were all progressively making the heads of old people explode.
New music was completely rejected by the old people, and they publicly said horrible and hurtful things about and to the youth generation of the day. Discussions between the old people told us how we were disgusting and things had gone to pot since ‘their day’.
Everything we, as youth, valued, the old people dismissed as irrelevant. When the old people had been young,things were wonderful. Yet the youth of the day, back in the 1960s and 1970s were wasters with no proper values and they listened to terrible and irrelevant music produced by people who really should get their hair cut.
Any child of the 1960s and 1970s suffering this relentless and disgusting dismissal by the old people would surely want to grow old remembering the horror of how old people behaved when they were young.
Surely they’d be more accepting of the choices today’s youth make?
Surely they’d have learnt to not be like the old people had been in their youth?
Apparently not. Very sadly, the abused have become the abusers. Today’s old people are doing to today’s young people exactly the same thing.
It appears today’s old people love to sneer and snarl about the new music that today’s young people are listening to. They love nothing better than telling today’s young people that nothing is as good as it was in the 1960s and 1970s. Everything, according to today’s old people, is so very crap compared to 40 or 50 years ago.
Old radio anoraks are some of the worst offenders. They will bully and point fingers at today’s radio and make tutting noises at anybody within earshot. They will almost burst a blood vessel if anybody dare say they enjoy any of today’s radio. The old people will typically slag off BBC Radio 1 despite being 30 years outside of its intended demographic, and having never listened to any of the different new music show s on it because it’s not a 1960s pirate radio station.
Instead of enjoying any of today’s new music forms, they immediately dismiss them without listening. With closed minds, the old people want to listen to 30 or 40 songs that were ‘new’ 30 or 40 years ago. They refuse to listen to any of the ever changing new music, declaring it ‘shite’.
Sadly, they don’t remember that back in the 1960s and 1970s that’s exactly what old people used to say about those cherished 30 or 40 songs when they were brand new music.
If they did bother to think back to what they went through as teenagers, surely they’d not want to cruelly put today’s teenagers through the same thing?
Maybe today’s old people have forgotten that aspect of their youth and what the old people used to angrily say to them.
You’d kind of assume they hadn’t forgotten, since they constantly want to reminisce and replay over and over again the music and events of their youth. You’d think they’d remind themselves that old people weren’t nice, and you’d think they’d not want to copy them. Yet they do.