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What were you favourite bands when you were a kid or a teenager? What do you think that says about you and your community?

The TEDsters were born in different eras, different places all over the world.

What music you chose, why you do it and what that expresses says a lot about the person, the times, the moral paradigm and political landscape.

Music has always been an integral part of my life. I've been a goth, an emo, a rock-girl, a punk and more, both listening and making music, depending on the period. Some bands that have influenced me are still a good reference, some of them are just a sentimental insight.

Back to the question - what music did you chose when you were young and what do you think it says about the times, the community you grew up in and you yourself, as a person?

In other words - some like Iron Maiden, some like U2, some like other bands, some like everything, some do not. Why do you think that is?

All replies and comments are welcome.

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  • Aug 4 2013: Whilst growing up in 1980s would place me in the MTV generation age bracket, I am rather liberal in picking what I like or dislike.

    Pop music of pretty much any era, though I pick what I like, not billboard charts or sales figures. I either like it or not. If it sucks, I state so. If it does not, I like it. Simple. Abba, Boney M, and plenty more since these. No Springsteen, no Black Sabbath, don't care about any rock (except few Queen songs) and anything that leads to depressing state of mind.

    Classical music of most composers heard of, starting with waaaay back when classical music was not classical yet and closing with some "contemporary" classical authors. Again, it better be good and at least attempt at rivaling Mozart or Tchaikovskiy.

    Jazz, but mostly big bands, though, I like the three- and four-men bands, too. Definitely no crazy experimental kind, 'nuff said. Benny Goodman was a good man, indeed, and so was Glenn Miller (if you think there is anything better than his "In the Mood", I am lagging behind with the latest developments).

    Electronica is kinda okay, but not the crazy bleep-bleep kind (tried to listen to a lot of it last 10+ years ... tired).

    Dancing music ... this is tricky, because I like break-dancing kind, but not the dumb kind. Plus, I tend to pick music out of the various eras. Hard to pinpoint any particular years. I have favorites from almost any decade known to Billboard.

    Folkmusic - yes, please. Most slavic music is okay, though, not terribly brilliant to my liking. My favorites are some georgian music (from country of Georgia), especially, some or their latest, and bavarian Oktoberfest music. Also, there are amazing georgian male choir chants that are centuries old tunes that refuse to go out of fashion. Look up "Suliko" on youtube for example. There are plenty more. Some swedish folkmusic is fine, too, but not that advanced compared to georgians. If you think african chants are osum, you have not heard real georgians yet.
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      Aug 4 2013: Thanks for sharing, Sam.

      Have you tried Goran Bregovic or folk music from "Albion"?
      Here's a taste:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i67bt-UPiOA

      When it comes to pop - at times pop is difficult to define. Popular music, music for the masses... What becomes popular is often was masses are enchanted, enthralled by, it may be a genre that cannot be described as pop, but times change... Now the younger masses are into what the producers design for them, sorry for the simplification.

      Still on pop - your comment made me think of Mamma Mia movie (with Abba songs as themes). After being dragged to the movie theatre to see it and then, after actually seeing it and feeling some sort of anti-consumerian distaste, I had enough courage to say 'Well, I didn't particularly like the film." the reaction from the one who dragged me there was "You're weird."

      That was some years ago and I'm still thinking of a good response to that... Maybe I should have said 'I prefer to be a bit weird but myself than..." Oh, I don't know...
      • Aug 4 2013: Anna,

        "Mamma Mia" ... went to see it in the Winter Garden on the Broadway just three weeks ago ... being a bit of a musician myself, I can tell this much ... sometimes the music is larger than the performers who perform it ... IMHO, Abba music is of that kind. Regardless who sings or plays it, it sounds good. Musical-wise I was unimpressed, or rather, thought of it as being weird, too, straight out of 1960s kind ... few plot lines could use some major cleaning up to make them PG-13 ... I am not a fan of musicals to start with, though, definitely know that some real-life situations make one sing, so can relate :]

        Pop music is actually a tricky genre to define, agree. Mozart and Salieri music was somewhat the popular music of its time, too (though, I have another pet theory of mine that during that era it was not the concert hall music, but travelling troubadours ... kinda FM radio of its times).

        Thank you for sharing the link, I've heard quite a number of nordic and celtic singers, but all in all prefer Enya any time ... and Secret Garden ... and Marcome, who, IMHO out-sang Enya with her "Seven Seas".

        I'll share something, too. Try this amazing contemporary georgian masterpiece, combining ancient melodies and modern remakes ... I admire georgians for preserving their cultural heritage and finding ways to incorporate it into the modern life without destroying their roots.

        http://youtu.be/8NAf4_Rih_o

        Or, here is another amazing modernized version of georgian chant, likely, based on some folktale:

        http://youtu.be/-AqwY9XLAZA

        Back to Abba and music that is larger than the performers who perform it ... these ancient georgian melodies ... they have been polished and perfected for centuries ... and it shows. That's what contemporary pop music is lacking. Pop music is of a fleeting temporary nature, written in a day, it dies within a day. In some ways it resembles background noise. Something like that :]
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          Aug 5 2013: Loved the links!

          I agree, the old can be successfully preserved within the new, of whatever persuasion.

          Here's a taste (you don't have to like it ;-)):

          Ukrainian black metal:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LZL98ZFz6g

          A piece from Finland:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXBHPQjW-Q8

          I don't expect that you'll enjoy my links as much as I enjoyed yours, but since we're talking about preservation of old chants and songs... Can you imagine that songs by Madonna, Rihanna and so on will be considered folk music, researched and re-made by people in the year 3000? This little thought just struck me.

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