Hellenic views of English-speaking music

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What kind of music do Hellenes age 20-40 hear, following U2 Bono's statement that music has become girly.

Submitted: January 10, 2018

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Throughout Hellas there are two seperate trends concerning music.The first, the "foreign" of English-speaking music, which is concentrated mainly in Athens and Piraeus and less in Thessaloniki.They are the capital and the second in turn largest cities and have a total of five million people out of an eleven million people population of Hellas.The second is the "domestic" of the Hellenic-speaking music, which is concentrated in the countryside and the smaller cities.This distiction is independent of the kind of music, be it pop, rock 'n' roll or other.

Concerning the foreign trend, pop, rock 'n' roll, metal, dance and beat or drum and bass are the main kinds of music that were heard in radio broadcasts and night clubs in Hellas ever since the 90s.In recent years however, pop music has increased in popularity, due to the development of the internet and the production of more songs and artists, even through reality and talent shows like the"Voice" and "...you got talent".This reality has been reflected in U2 Bono's statement that "music has become girly".
I am 38 years old and from my social circle and the observations I have made about music being played from the 90s, in radio broadcasts, night clubs and social networks, I have distinguished there are two main views and one secondary.The two main views do not differ much from elsewhere.The first main view is the "slow", which says that music must not be deafening and exists as an atmosphere creation engine for lively conversation and not meant to be sang.This holds even in night clubs where there is consumption of alcohol and people who view music this way do not drink more than one drink and are very silent.The second main view is the "party animal", which says that music is meant to be heard very loud and danced as well as sang aloud.Conversation is of secondary importance as the people who view music this way make often parties, hear music when alone, hear to radio shows and interact in social networks.For these people music is not only an art,but their form of expression.The secondary view is characteristic of a developing country.I call it the "enrolled" and says music is a form of expression of political ideologies, situations, historic events and is age-related.According to this view, music is connected to one of the above and is meant as a form of identity to be embraced or avoided, regarding where one stands as far as a political ideology, minor group or age is concerned.

The party animal view holds mostly in ages 20-30, whereas the slow view mainly ages 30-40.The secondary view is found throughout ages 20-40.However, taking into account that age has, at least in Hellas, a critical effect on the music habits, the more outgoing people of ages 20-25 are of the party animal view, while the less outgoing people of the slow and enrolled view.In ages 25-30, due to the fact that socializing recedes and work is a life factor, there is usually a shift from the party animal and enrolled to the slow view.In ages 30-40 there is rarely a permanent shift towards the party animal view and it is considered as the black, in a black and white comparison of life.

Concerning the animal party view one person I knew which was of the latter view, described Hellenes as metalists.That is they listen mainly to metal music, which of course is not true, as I mentioned above there are two trends and age and view play a fundemental role.However, it is a fact that just like western countries, non-mainstream music like rock 'n' roll, metal and dance music usually includes or is connected with drugs.


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