Watched the Old Grey Whistle Test compilation on BBC4 last night. Various luminaries, obscure and not quite as obscure. New York Dolls, Captain Beefheart, Johnny Winters. The Jam, The Specials, Patti Smith. Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, The Wailers. Among many, many more.
What struck me was how conservative most music, and society in general, is today, in comparison. My initial reaction was to ask where are the new radicals.
Then I reminded myself. As if I needed to. There are some great radical bands out there, mainly the underground ones. Bands like Likely Lads, Wideboy Generation, Lost Boys. They are the bands to shout about. They are the ones to make the great tunes of tomorrow.