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You should probably try and avoid the whole 'rock history' tedium, but a kind of Elvis - The Beatles - Led Zep - Sex Pistols - Stone Roses - Oasis - Artic Monkeys on one route, then a sort of motown - soul - disco - house - rave - modern pop on the other.
Actually, I have no idea. Is this for one lesson or for a whole course? Do you want them to enjoy learning or to bore them to tears?
I think they would like Wigfield
Probably best to ignore anything made outside of Europe, anything with guitars and anything before 1992.
And is largely based on the fact that questions about popular music regularly come up on exam papers and my students know nothing about it so if they just know a bit about a few artists... I'm quite keen to not be too safe/obvious (though I'm obviously going to need to be a bit). The Sex Pistols is quite a tempting suggestion 'cos in a way it's precisely what someone wouldn't expect me to play them...
Just questions about popular music can come up in the exams and my students generally have no knowledge, conception or exposure to Western music so my mentor wants me to teach a lesson on it.
I'd probably just leave it
And then ask them to put them in an order of enjoyment.
Combining that classic eastern sound with the swagger of Led Zeppelin and a proper dodgy bridge that sounds like Sgt. Pepper.
Great gateway act for your Bangladeshi mates.
Either that or Eberneezer Goode by The Shaman.
And lock the door for an hour
But not to forget Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order etc!
and attempt to mould them into pretentious indie bell-ends!
a linkl to Cornershop under this thread?
So probably Bowie
It just suggests to me an artist with no particular musical or ideological principles, rather someone who is determined to stay famous at any cost.
Changing your style to suit current musical tastes puts you in the same cynical bracket as Plan B, White Lies and Viva Brother.
Obviously Bowie is exempt but Madonna and Lady Gaga can do one.
If you're going to damn everyone who doesn't just pick one style and stick with it, how come he gets a pass?
He liked to play dress-up but I think his music suggests a unique, singular vision. Unlike, say, Jessie J's, which is just a procession of genre cliche.
but for some reason they get away with it too.
Let's Get It On
Love Will Tear Us Apart
20 SECONDS TO COMPLY
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Rock The Boat
One More Time
Fix Up Look Sharp
When The Sun Goes Down
Do You Mind
Katty on a Mission
At least some of these may well be used...
60's - 1 beatles, 1 spectorish pop number
70's - 1 punky number, 1 led zepplin number (poss 1 disco track)
80's - something post punk - something dancey
90's - 1 Oasis/Blur, 1 boyband
00's - forget - teach them that popular western music disappeared into an abyss
How about playing something by Asian Dub Foundation? They have drawn a lot of influences from the Bangladesh side of the world. Like the song "Rebel Warrior" which was inspired by a Bengali poet. It shows that Western & Eastern cultures can be mixed, it doesn't have to be a one way traffic, people can be proud of their roots etc.
Bangladesh, you mean?
Well, I wouldn't go as far as saying that their influences are drawn directly from Bangladesh. Maybe it would be safer to talk about the whole area, the Indian subcontinent. Mr. Wikipedia tells me they mix for example indodub (Indian dub?) and sitar sounds into their music.
On continuous loop for a week, day & night.
Joy Division, Television, Talking Heads, etc for punk to post punk.
And definitely some Sugarhill gang, Blondie, stuff to show how disco turned into hip hop. Maybe The Clash as well, although it was only Combat rock that was a disco hip hop fusion album.
Strongly considering Bowie at the moment.
Beatles + Madonna are your backbone for this.
Jacko's ok. Kinda bridges a gap between Beatles & Madonna for your populist dance/R&B angle?
Sex Pistols to Nirvana and/or Oasis for your rock/alt/indie spur peeling away in the 70s?
Compare how Elvis/RocknRoll, Metal and Rap/Hip-hop run in parallel with the main pop or rock themes. Mention Kraftwerk as an aside as they're walking out the door, and you're done.
It would have to be Elvis, the Beatles to start with I suppose, plus some Motown type stuff. Depends what you class as popular music, really you should stick in some Abba and things like that.
I wonder if it would just all sound the same to them, similar to if we were given a rundown of Bangladeshi pop over the last 50 years.
Then play some Baba Maal.
See if you can find Western music which has similarities to or connections with Eastern music, then branch out from there. It's easier for people to grasp new concepts using a 'bridge'.
Robert Johnson ~ Love in Vain
John Coltrane ~ My Favourite Things
The Ronettes ~ Be My Baby
The Beatles ~ Norwegian Wood (influenced by the raga that appears in Hindustani classical. Maybe this patronising but just a nb.)
Prince ~ Kiss
& afterwards, ask them to play you some stuff from Bangladesh & then link it up for us here, yo?
(maybe not pratical but wld be cool hypothetically)
i mean these aren't good suggestions, but i was trying to be as reductive as poss.
Thanks for this.