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Music of Generation Z

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Andrea A.

on 16 December 2014

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Transcript of Music of Generation Z

The Evolution of Music:
Generation Z

Introduction: What is Generation Z?
Generation Z is one name used to describe those born in 1996-2010 (Felipe Class Notes, 2014).
Generation Z can be defined as “digital natives” according to The Globe and Mail (White, 2014).
Generation Z is socially conscious; aware of social issues.
Time to Pretend by MGMT
Music of Generation Z
Songs incorporate digitally generated sounds and feature Auto-Tune, an audio processor that alters pitch in vocal and instrumental music (Shambro, 2014).
Generation Z anthems encourage the youth to live spontaneously.
Generation Z can be seen as modern day hippies and the songs of many artists and bands proves this to be true.
But there is really nothing, nothing we can do.
Love must be forgotten. Life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we'll get a divorce,
We'll find some more models, Everything must run its course.
Time to Pretend - MGMT
Yeah it's overwhelming, but what else can we do?
Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?
We'll choke on our vomit and that will be the end.
We were fated to pretend.
Forget about our mothers and our friends.
We were fated to pretend.
I'll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms.
I'll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world.
I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home.
Yeah I'll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent
Song Analysis:
Time to Pretend by MGMT
What is Generation Y
Generation Z vs Generation Y
Many songs of the 1980s to mid 1990s, share the theme of rebellion and non-conformity (Onlinesociologydegree.net, 2014).
Music of Generation Y
Generation Y is also known as the “Echo Boom” and is a name for those who were born in 1980-1995 (Felipe Class Notes, 2014).
During the time of Generation Y, popular rock bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Sound Garden had significantly influenced society (Felipe Class Notes, 2014).
These bands can be classified as “grunge”, a term originating in the 1980s as a subgenre of alternative rock (Princeton.edu, 2014).
I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation
You're living in the past, it's a new generation
An' I only feel good when I got no pain
An' that's how I'm gonna stay
An' I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation
Oh no, not me, oh no, not me
Not me, not me
So why should I care about a bad reputation anyway?
Oh no, not me, oh no, not me
An' I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation
The world's in trouble, there's no communication
An' everyone can say what they wanna to say
It never gets better, anyway
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Music of Gen Z & Gen Y:
Time to Pretend vs Bad Reputation
Illustration for the WANE Magazine
(WANE Magazine, 2014)
Graphics retrieved from http://dump.fm/tombooty/favorites
Background: (Wallpaper Abyss, 2014)
(Redbubble, 2014)
(Clker.com, 2014)
(Clker.com, 2014)
(fanart.tv, 2014)
(Twitter, 2014)
(Macleans Magazine, 2014)
(Smith, 2014)
(Apple, 2014)
(Upload.wikimedia.org, 2014)
(Subculture, 2012)
(Wikipedia, 2014)
(Isysarchive.tv, 2014)
(Tumblr, 2014)
Popular rock bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Sound Garden had significantly influenced society with their grunge style (Felipe Class Notes, 2014).
Underlying message in the song?
Underlying message in the song?
Song Analysis:
Bad Reputation by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
This song is about not caring about what others think of you, being an outcast and going against social norms.
This song reflects the messages of many other songs in this generation when feeling outside of society was a noted factor in this genre of music
Both songs encourage the generations of each time period to live life with #noragrets
Both songs inspire the generations of each time period to be different; to think and act differently than what society views as normal
Time to Pretend
mocks the glorified image of being a rock star and interprets that everyone is pretending to have a more glamorous life that it really is.
Electronic indie song
Sarcastic and explores the negative preconceived notion that Generation Z only values drugs, money, and fame.
Mocks the glorified image of being a rock star and interprets that everyone is pretending to have a life more glamorous than it really is.
Depicts the concept that society wants everyone to live an idealistic lifestyle.
Explores the loss of innocence in today's generation
Time to Pretend

by MGMT is an uplifting song about encouraging today’s generation to enjoy their youth and to not worry about the small things in life.
Shows angst of generation Y
(3.bp.blogspot.com, 2014)
Bad Reputation reinforces female empowerment and the idea that "a girl can do what she
wants to do"
Rock n roll song
Both songs of Generation Z and Generation Y share the theme of non-conformity
Bad Reputation
is a song that expresses the desire to rebel against societal norms.
Promotes idea that one shouldn't care about what other's think about their character or their actions
"You're living in the past, it's a new generation" This line emphasizes the change that happens and that each generation will have it's own ideologies that may be different from the past
"I've never been afraid of any deviation" promotes being true to one's self and to live as you please
The evolution of music is ever-changing as we continue to develop new songs that captivate audiences around the world.
Ultimately, with each generation music differs and mirrors society
Music is powerful and is communication beyond words (Music Makes Our Lives Magical and Meaningful, 2008).
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