Why isn't rock n' roll fun anymore? The answer, I think, is because there's no longer such a thing as rock n' roll.
In the heyday of glam, musicians knew how to party and have a good time. Their lifestyles carried right over into their lyrics. Unfortunately, that's no longer the case.
Modern artists that fall under the broad category of rock tend to write songs that just whine, talking about depression, other mental illnesses or hating their families. What's rock about that? Rock music - loud music - is supposed to be an escape from everyday life.
The music of the 90s was the anti-glam. Lyrics were serious; suddenly it wasn't cool to go to a stadium concert and dance. Music videos had to have a plot, and for prominent grunge acts this meant a full blown5 act play.
Take, for example, Nirvana's video for "Heart Shaped Box." The video is said to represent terminally ill children, and the strained marriage of Courtney Love and Curt Kobain.
Give me a break.
The video was over the top to sell albums. It cost more than million dollars to produce and received heavy rotation on MTV.
80s glam bands didn't spend that much cash on videos, and some acts like Warrant, Def Leppard and Poison were successful enough that it WAS an option.
Their videos, full of party images, fire, blazing guitar solos and women - yes women - were an extension of their lyrics. The party didn't stop when the album was pressed.
That train kept right on a'rollin through every stadium tour in America. Just as it should be.