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Updated on January 6, 2012

Geezer huh? Living in the fifties huh?
You know, I've just about had it with young people blowing me off with their holier than thou, "You can't teach me anything about anything," and "Everything in my era is the greatest." BS, when in reality most everything these days stinks compared to living in the fifties and adjacent decades, especially when it comes to music.

Music today is a joke. A very sad joke, but a joke non-the-less. There's no real story line, no harmony, no melody, some phrases are repeated up to thirty or so times, filthy disgusting lyrics, and in a lot of cases, no band or even one god damn musical instrument. That is, unless, you consider some moron pushing a phonograph needle back and forth a band.

I'm 70 now and been a guitarist since I was 13. I played at least a thousand gigs over the years in every venue one could imagine except TV. One would think kids would listen when you try to explain to them what they're missing these days. Nope! Not one! Billions of words and effort down the tubes.

Instead of learning and living for themselves what they never knew existed they're content with the crap they've been fed for the last 30 or 40 years.

How absolutely anyone can enjoy rap for instance as opposed to Presley or Chuck Berry is completely beyond my comprehension. Anywhere from one to five or six, no talent, fast talking, foul mouthed, morons prancing back and forth on stage, dressed like complete idiots, making gestures like they all had some sort of palsy or brain damage, and with no music yet, is just plain sick where I come from. There are no words to describe this terrible injustice to our children.

Can you imagine Elvis or Chuck Berry dressed and acting like these no talent fools? Ask yourself why it just wouldn't work for them. If your lucky, you'll discover what a talented performer looks like and sounds like too if you really think about it.

Either one of those great entertainers could get me off my deathbed and make me want to get my axe and play along or sing along, they make me smile, have fun, jack my mood from a one to a ten, put goose bumps on my arms or even make me cry. I ask you, have you ever even seen a rapper smile just once for Christ sake? That's real healthy for our young people to grow up watching isn't it? Filthy lyrics, sour faces, threats, and violence. That's what we've given our kids. It's not they're fault, they certainly don't know any better, they simply learned to like what we stuffed in they're faces year after year, it's all they know. Oh and one more thing; If there is any background girl dancers in the group, they're not well dressed, clean cut, pretty girls anymore. They all fall into three categories: Sleaze, Sex, and more Sleaze. T&A sums it up.

As far as real, great music is concerned, it's virtually gone and so is the great life style it demands you live. There are still plenty of talented groups out there but they don't bother taking the time to write great and unique songs any more that is not easy to do. Why should they when they can get together and knock out a pro recording in less than an hour. The kids buy it because that's all there is and all they know.

We had garbage tunes in the fifties as well but we didn't buy them because we had a choice then. We knew what great music was. Can you name any modern group at all that never produced a bad or even mediocre tune? I doubt it. The fifties and sixties had tons of them. Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee, The Kinston trio, Peter Paul and Mary, and the beat goes on.

Remember this; Music is the backbone of any society, especially the young kids. You will become and live, whatever the hell the musical trend is at the time. It's as import and as powerful as any of our cockamamie religions. Where the musical trend goes, so goes your society and country. Take a close look at most of our kids these days and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

There is no more respect for anything let alone each other. Decency is a word that doesn't exist anymore. Sex, sleaze, drugs, disrespect for others, guns, filthy language, contempt for the law, and violence all emulates the uncensored music kids have been listening to for 40 years now.

I could give you thousands of examples but here's one incident as recent as yesterday;

I play Texas Holdem on my tablet pc with people from around the world every morning while I'm shaving. Many girls play these days and when a new game with new players started, some complete moron texted one of the girls; "Hey, do you give head?" Think about it, what kind of freaking moron would say something like that to a complete stranger? I'll tell you flat out, it's a hell of a lot more common than you think. If I had said something like that to a girl when I was a kid, I would have got my ass kicked my by own friends. That's just one small example of what 40 years of unchecked performers and garbage music have handed us all. Say good by to your society, say good by to your country, neither can exist without decency, respect, and at least some generally accepted morals.

Back in the fifties, girls didn't use foul language at all, at least not in front of us guys and we protected and respected them all.

Music was our lives and many of us learned to play an instrument just by playing along with recordings. Trust me, that's impossible today.

We had parties once a week, every week, because the music gave us that opportunity.

We didn't even think of destroying the drive-ins that are virtually gone these days.

OK, we drank a lot of beer, but there was no hard drugs of any kind, pot included. There were no drug dealers on every street and we never locked our doors.

True, there were a few that wore studded leather jackets and thought they were bad asses, but even with them it was mostly show-no go.

True again, the big cities had some pretty tough gangs but compared to todays big city gangs, they were girl scouts. Oh and, guns didn't even exist as far as the young people were concerned. Not the case today is it?

I can't remember anyone that ever went to jail, Today, it seems like everyone has been there at lease once

We all sang along and danced with our music which again, is just about impossible these days.

We all took care of ourselves and sure, girls liked to look sexy, but well dressed and guys combed their hair and wore clothes that fit for Christ sake.

You can't even buy anything these days that doesn't look like an empty, 50-pound, canvas potato bag. Yeah, I still like fuzzed up cut-of jeans, bell bottoms, white Levi's, and those little black slippers girls used to wear that have most unfortunately been replaced with dragging shower shoes.

Goto; and click the "Great Sounds" tab. See for yourself what I'm talking about.

Hot cars, practical jokes, great rock and roll, parties, drive in dates, chicks, pickin and singin, hangin out at the soda shop, drag racing..................

Yeah! You bet your ass I'm still living in the fifties! Why not?

If I could go back?...........Seeya!


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    • Diane Woodson profile image

      Diane Minton 

      5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Yes Craig it would be awesome to go back for a day every week!!! What a great nostalgic HUB!! TY for being here for us all to read!

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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Good point Diane about the kids being better off. In the fifties, I never even saw a gun, hardly knew what cocaine was, I didn't know anyone that was ever in jail, and foul language in mixed company let alone in public didn't exist.

      I'm still playing guitar, drums, and keyboard to this day and I can pretty much tell you that it was our music back then, that kept things in line and still rocked like never before.

      I can also tell you that it's our garbage music of today that directly led to the loss of decency and respect amoungst our children.

      How can a great society like ours go downhill as fast as it did? Just follow the musical trends over he last few decades and it will become clear as a bell.

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      Diane Minton 

      6 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I adore this subject and did a question along this line before reading your Hub, I am 55 but rootbeer floats at the malt-shop!! I had my first phosphate in Illinois with my husband two days ago and it was really different. He is 10 years older and explained to me what it was!!! Thought I had seen it all! Wish we could all go back, just for ever would be long enough for me!!! Kids would be so much better off.

    • Craig Suits profile imageAUTHOR

      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hiya Kimberly...been a while. Your brother back from his tour yet?

      I played your link all the way through and it actually put tears in my eyes.

      Who ever put that together did an excellant job. That took quite a while to do.

      People sometimes say 50's music all sounds the same. They couldn't be more wrong. Incredible diversitity in every respect. Most of those slow dancin tunes are simply flat out beautiful but slow or fast, they all grab you and drag you into three minutes in another fantastic world.

      They even left out a bunch of big guys like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Bill Haley, and tons more....

      I just got a device you would love. It's a Tascam DP-02CF, 8 track, digital recorder/mixer. No tapes or old style sound on sound. You can cut eight seperate tracks and "mix down" for a final cut with out loosing any clarity for the first few tracks like in the old days of sound on sound. Tell me where to send it and I'll send you the first attempt one man band I did a few days ago...

      Again, thank you very much for the trip down memory lane...


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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I know how you feel Larry. Things are supposed to get better. I still can't go to bed until Johnny Carson is over and he hasn't been on in what, 20 years.

      I was born in 41 so I was a teen in the mid fifties. couldn't have been better.

      Music didn't change, it just dissapeared. What a shame!

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      I was born in 1951, so I remember the late 50s and thereafter and I agree with you 100 percent. I think there is some talent out there, but they have no where to get any exposure. Dick Clark is not hosting American Bandstand. Johnny Carson is not inviting singers on his show. Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore, Andy Williams and all the other variety shows that gave singers a chance to sing to a national audience are gone. Radio is here, but it is not what it use to be. I remember in the early 60s listening to the radio for hours. Now, I do not turn it on, except to check traffic reports.

      Don McClain in "bye Bye American Pie" implied that music died when Buddy Holly died--maybe he was right.

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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hiya TT2...

      Yeah I know what you mean. Times always change and I have no problem with that except in this particular era, there isn't too many things that have changed for the better, especially the music which dictates our lifestyles. I'm not sure which comes first. The music and then the lifestyle, or the lifestyle followed by the music. In any case the music AND the lifestyles of today flat out suck. What bothers me the most is that the little peckers won't listen. They would rather dig on some filthy mouth, no talent rapper or a bunch of hard rock musicless, blasting, misfits, rather than people like Chruck Berry or Elvis. The loss of some of the great things we had back in the fifties is one of the saddest things I've witnessed in the last 40 years.

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm pushing 70 and have to tell you that you are spot on with this hub. We were so lucky to be teenagers in the 50's...I wrote my own hub about this same subject called "The Good Old Days Are Gone" we are on the same wavelength. If I could go back, I would...but alas...we have to stay here and put up with all the junk! Great Hub!! Voted Up and awesome!

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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      That's great to hear AC. I'm looking forward to talking with anyone that's lived through the difference between living in those days as opposed to liveing in these days.

      Kids today need our help...

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      6 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful post! Thank you! And the movie mentioned by Uninvited Writer I must put on my must see list.

      I didn't live in the fifties - I am at the end of the babyboomers but appreciate the unique culture it offers us.

      I love this post and appreciate all you have done for the name of peace.

      Keep up the great work. I am now a true fan and follower!

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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hiya Lilith...

      I guess I'm just going to have to build you a time machine that's all there is too it. The only problem with going back to the Renaissance is that it was a very dangerous time for outspoken individuals. I guess I'd last about three hours. And if you wish to look like a concert grand piano, Belgian Waffles is the way to go.

      A girls father I used to go out with owned a carosel at the Belgian Pavilion in the 1964 (I believe) Worlds Fair in New York City. You would have loved this place, They brought over an entire town as it was in Belgiam. Cobblestones from the streets, buildings, and everything else. During that time I consummed at least a dozen foot square Waffles. Haven't been the same since...

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      Lilith Eden 

      6 years ago from Memphis, TN

      I enjoy your hubs that proceed to rip everyone new ones ;-)

      Yesterday, as I was crying my eyes out whilst watching "The Tree of Life", I was carrying on about not being able to live in the 50's, which is the decade in which part of the plot takes place.

      You know I have the deepest empathy on living in another time, another place. One day I hope to have Belgian Waffles during the Renaissance. Fingers crossed.


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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I'll check that out UW. Sounds like a fun flick.

      I just wish our kids could have one quarter of the good, decent fun we all had back then. I guess there's not much I can do about it...

      Thanks for the comeback...

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      Susan Keeping 

      6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      You should see Midnight in Paris. It has an interesting take on wishing you lived in another era.


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