Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tim Barry "Manchester" (2008)
For the Boomers, the question of aging seemed to be answered by denial. Hence Mick Jagger prancing & attempting to do "relevant" dance music at age 60+. I don't really know how the Boomers feel about this, but for me it's always been embarrassing. Remember when you were a kid & some other kids' parents would try to be cool & try to use slang? It feels like that.
Now we're getting guys who spent their 20s in punk bands growing older. What do they do? Quite a few seem to be adapting their styles. Attempting music that is less aggressive, but no less true to their core values.
For me the advantage of a mellower format means that Tim Barry's songwriting is highlighted. He mines the same sort of vein as Otis Gibbs -- songs about blue collar Americans, growing older, & trying to get by. It's hard not to relate to that.