Quote from frenchfrank: What is youth? Well, 45 in the sense you refer to it is very underdone. Ex teddy boys are in their 70s. Some of the late 60-something couples living in Ventnor saw Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival. They seem little different from my pre-rock n roll era parents fifteen years ago except they have matching cagouls. Those who have grandchildren might be familiar with their interests in techno or drum n bass. Meanwhile the last 10 songs played on Isle of Wight Radio today were:
The O'Jays – Backstabbers
Don Henley – The End Of The Innocence
Maroon 5 – Payphone
Deniece Williams – Let's Hear It For The Boy
Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
The Who – Substitute
Amy Macdonald – Slow It Down
Ten Sharp – You
Jackie Wilson – Higher and Higher
Sinéad O'Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
None of these reach those of my parents' ages (early 80s). Arguably two might appeal to any remaining, ongoing, fans of forty year old festival music (50s-70s). Possibly two others are from that sort of era. I'm nearly 50. I don't think one was released in my teenage years. I have friends who wouldn't like any of them and they aren't for the classics. Two or three might be meaningful to people in their 30s and 40s. There's a couple in there for some youngsters but they are not at all cutting edge.
It is family entertainment apparently. But I think we might ask how it is that teenagers of any era are frequently attuned to genre and then lose it, if indeed that is what happens. Who knows what these radio listeners might have in their record collections. It could be something very different. Clearly the clan mentality dissipates with work, mortgage, children and pets. Music might become more of a background interest. But what the market provides for the consumer is hardly an incentive for either listener or industry to develop in their interests. And that could be, contrary to general perception, the reverse of the natural human way.