116 Days of Summer Guests: Notorious Lightbulbs

‘THE ART OF THE GENRE’

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How many of these artists have influenced you?

  1. Beastie Boys
  2. System of a Down
  3. Scatman John
  4. Flaming Lips
  5. Kraftwerk
  6. Sex Pistols
  7. The Doors
  8. Fatboy Slim
  9. The Avalanches
  10. Van Der Graaf Generator

Most people we’ve asked answered with a few, depending on their kind of music and this is the thing that confuses us!

While some argue that the accessibility of music now is leading to over saturation and artists getting lost among the masses, a fantastic aspect of having access to nearly every piece of music created means influences don’t have to be limited to 1 or 2 genres.

It seems the world has always defined music taste via genre – from the start of rock n roll, throughout musical history you were either…

Prog or

Punk

Mods or

Rockers

Eminem or

The Boy Bands

This suggests influences can only come from one genre when for many bands, an array of genres influence them.

I have always challenged the idea that music taste must be limited by genre. Growing up my main love was nu-metal:

  • Marilyn Manson
  • Anyone
  • Korn
  • Linkin Park

However, for nu-metal fans, did this mean this is all they listened to?  Well, for many of my friends growing up, yes, this is all they listened to and they didn’t deviate, almost embarrassed by any other genre which baffled me!  Was this the same for me? Absolutely not, every few weeks my friend and I would make a mix tape featuring the likes of:

  • The Sex Pistols
  • The Damned
  • MOP
  • Flock of Seagulls
  • Abba
  • Public Image Limited
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come
  • Violent Delight
  • Blue Cheer
  • Tony Mcphee and The Groundhogs
  • Audience

On a weekly basis we would be consuming all different kinds of genres and finding new weird and wonderful bands and underrated gems.

Try striking up a conversation at school about one of these!  However would this be different now? Given I could load up Spotify on my phone and play someone the delights of Kingdom Come’s ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’?

Stop for 20 seconds.  Name as many musical genres as you can…

How many did you name?  I’m guessing quite a few, however the question is do we even need to define music by genre anymore?  Genre can be a useful reference point to explain what has influenced you and can sometimes give the audience a notion of what is to come, however summing up a band with one of these is proving more and more difficult nowadays.

We, The Notorious Lightbulbs, have been classified as Rock, Electro-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Heavy Rock, Electronic, Electro-Pop and this is because it depends what song of ours you have listened to.  

Listen to ‘Voodoo Stripper Junkie’ and you’ll think were heavy rock with a touch of boogie, listen to ‘Far Out’ and you’ll think we’re an electronic band with not a guitar in sight, listen to some of our unreleased demos and you’ll think we’re flower power loving hippies!

There have been many artists who appear to have also adopted this mantra, taking inspiration from a whole host of musical styles.  Imagine getting a new album by one of your favourite artists and not even knowing what musical style it was going to be? Some people would say risky and scary, I say exciting!


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