New and old

As a regular concert-goer (I attend so many my own daughter even tells me she can’t keep up) I have had the privilege of seeing some fantastic live music.

Old and new punk rock


My last two gigs (yes, I have earned the right to call them that!) were to see The Killers at Hyde Park in London, followed by Madness at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

I often go between ‘old’ and ‘new’ music, having seen, in no particular order, Coldplay, Bryan Ferry, Robbie Williams, Adam Ant and Take That, over the last few years.

I am not going to bore you about what a showman Brandon Flowers is, or how I never get tired of hearing Bryan Ferry croon, but the point I am making is that we should embrace both past and present.

How many times have you heard people say: “it was much better in my day”, “we used to listen to music on cassettes you know” or “I can’t believe you only had three TV channels to choose from”? Ok, the latter may be going too far, but try telling a ‘young’ person how exciting it was when Channel 4 was launched and they will look at you like you are crazy.

There was a good example of this in the recent General Election. On one hand, you had the Conservatives saying a vote for Labour would take the country back to the 1970s and on the other, you had Labour saying a vote for the Conservatives would take the country back to the 1950s.

My question is was everything in the 1950s or 1970s so bad? The 50s saw lots of council houses being built and it was a time when you could allegedly leave your doors unlocked, while in the 70s most ordinary families were better off and it saw the birth of Punk Rock. Need I say more?

Of course, everyone will have their ‘favourite’ decade, whether that’s because of the music, the fashion, sport or whatever else they look back on with fondness or nostalgia.

As for me, I like to embrace a bit of each era (yes even the 90s!) so you will never hear me say things like “you’ve never had it so good”, but you may just see me at the next Arcade Fire or Blondie concert!