Wednesday, July 02, 2014

k-pop, phil collins, & jim steinman

Music is a product of industry. Almost all of music was born from factory. Although not all. In this era, music is homogeneous product. This is --homogeneous-- one of characteristic features of factory product. Different with the work of art maestro, unique.

Let me write about homogeneity of music industrial product. If we talk about K-pop and J-pop, everything is the same. If we have one band here, and then we copy K-pop band, everything, style, cloth, hair, music,...all of that, except lyrics. They are homogeneous products, absolutely.

But, in 80's, music industry has their big expansion. We know a singer named Billy Ocean. Not mean Ocean is a totally as industrial product. I mean, it's just a simple sample. Billy Ocean release his song named They'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) in 1986, and become a very valuable song. As a big-selling product, then in 1988 Ocean release another song called "Colour of Love" with same chorus characteristic. Because, this chorus greatly favoured by market and match with Billy's vocal type. It's a industrial characteristic.

The second, is phenomenon called "Phil Collins" in 80's. As an entertainer, Collins digging great succes. Not only for Collins himself, every singer or musician that branding with Collins, probability mostly will make a big money. We know Frida, a singer of ABBA, that joining Collins for her song "I Know There Is Something Going On" in 1982. At this song, Phil works his typical drum stroke. Drum beats reminiscent of the Collins succesfull song, "In The Air Tonight".

Collins phenomenon doesn't stop here. Philip Bailey feel the pleasure of "Collins phenomenon" when working with Collins on a song titled "Easy Lover" in 1984. That's funny when we know how Howard Jones utilize the "Collins Phenomenon" for re-mark his song titled "No One Is To Blame". That song actually recorded and released with "Dream Into Action" album in 1985. And become big selling when it was re-released in 1986 with touch of Collins typical drum stroke. In that year, 1986, the guitar maestro, Eric Clapton, also invite Collins for song opening "Hold On", and we all know that song become hit in majoring chart. Collins is genius, and... bringing great luck.

Jim Steinman is music writer. One  of his artist is Meat Loaf. In 1990, Jim Steinman write a song for Meat Loaf titled " I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". As Steinman's typical songs with long play, long title, also piano touch of Roy Bittan. Very typical. And become very selling song and make great money.

And then, five years later, Steinman become a producer of Meat Loaf next album, "Welcome To The Neighbourhood". In this album, Diane Warren create a song that continue the story of "I'd Do Anything for Love", titled "I'd Lie for You (And That's The Truth)". This song created by Warren but follow Steinman's. "I'd Lie for You" has a pianist but he play mostly like Roy Bittan. An easy way,without listening the similarity of both songs,  we can also see how the title was almost similar. How Steinman, Warren, and Meat Loaf do this ? Because it is industry. It is factory that release a homogenous product.

How about non-factory ? We can listen the opinion from Jimmy Page, a guitarist from Led Zeppelin. One day, after great succesful of Zeppelin's song "Stairway To Heaven", a journalist ask about Jimmy Page opinion. "Since now, Led Zeppelin will never create songs like "Stairway to Heaven" again. Although very successful in the market. Never ... ", said Jimmy Page. [] haris fauzi - 2 July 2014

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