5 musical wishes for 2014

After looking backward at the year that just ended, I’d like to look forward to 2014, and list out 5 things I hope will come to pass in the musical world. They’re not predictions, just my silly wishful thinking.

  • I hope a few rock bands that have been working their asses off for years will finally get the success they deserve. Namely: King’s X, The Trews and Red Wanting Blue. If any of these names doesn’t ring a bell, please check them out NOW. Well, after you finish reading my article.
  • I hope that U2’s new album will be good, and more in line with their early stuff. Because you know that when they tour they’ll play a shitload of tracks off of it, whether or not they’re any good.
  • I hope that in 2014, manufactured pop stars will stop trying to establish their credibility by doing stunts that have nothing to do with music (see Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber in 2013). Prove yourselves on stage and in the studio! That goes for Lady Gaga too: she’s immensely talented, but seems to forget the music at times.
  • I hope that in 2014, rock bands will remember to have fun. I’m not asking to go back to the careless 80’s, but for heaven’s sake, you have the best job in the world, so show it a little!
  • This one is longer term, but let’s start with 2014: I hope John Williams lives long enough to score the next Star Wars Trilogy. It wouldn’t be the same without him! (But at 90 years old, I fear we’ll need a replacement before it’s over)

What do you hope for in the musical new year?

Thank you to all my readers, and I wish for a great 2014 for you all!



Jean-Frederic Vachon
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  • Ovidiu Boar , January 2, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    I’m afraid that putting image over actual substance is in no way new or predominant to pop stars only, neither will it fade away in the near future. It’s just the way things are. However, I think you make a good point with the 4th wish – fun is indeed sort of missing from today’s rock bands. I mean, can you imagine something like ‘Tommy’s Holiday Camp’ or ‘Wild Honey Pie’ on a Radiohead or Coldplay album?

    • jfvachon , January 2, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

      You’re absolutely right, but a man can dream? 🙂

      And it’s hard to imagine Radiohead or Coldplay having fun. Even a band like the Black Keys should lighten up a little.

      • Ovidiu Boar , January 2, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

        Another matter that I was debating with myself after I hit the post button is whether the whole “we’ll do an album like the early stuff” mentality that many old bands seem to adopt after a series of mediocre albums really works. I’m not saying that’s the case for U2 (I wouldn’t know, haven’t heard any full album by them), but I was just wondering if there ever was an “old” band that really did come up with something on par with its golden days material.

      • Ovidiu Boar , January 2, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

        And yeah, I completely agree about Black Keys.

  • jfvachon , January 2, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    Hmm, interesting question! I wouldn’t say that U2 has a “string” of mediocre album; just the last one. Still, if the rumours are true about them going for a more punk-ish sound, it’s surely a reaction to that failure.

    The only other album I can come up with that fits the criteria would be Metallica’s Death Magnetic, and that one worked as far as I’m concerned. I’ll have to think about more comeback albums. Got any in mind?

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