||Most of the groups themselves disappeared - off to get
"proper" jobs after their 15 minutes.
Others tried to change direction with varying degrees of success. The
Cockney Rejects experimented with Heavy Metal which turned into a disaster,
The Stranglers, amongst others, "Mellowed & Matured," losing the raw edge
they once had and joined the playlist on Radio 2, whilst a few, like Paul
Weller, concentrated on their "serious musical side" and veered off to
True, there were some who did continue to follow in the "old tradition" and
a few groups who still commanded respect as stalwarts of the era - The UK
Subs, SLF, Discharge, The Exploited & the Vibrators, for example remained
together in various forms and continued to tour; The Sisters of Mercy drew
the last threads of originality from the era...
But the impetus had gone.
|Now the scene had lost all direction & a long, hard Winter set
in. The words, "Guitar, Live & Relevance" all disappeared from the rock
music dictionary. Instead of rebellion & change, things became a mash of
rap, hip-hop, house, garage, acid, electro-pop and, later, the rise of
manufactured boy/girl bands. For most kids now, music was to become no more
than a pretty face (male or female) with a nice voice, singing Abba covers,
or getting out of it with a couple of tabs whilst enduring a monotone