The other day I was in Sonic Boom having a random chat with the fine clerks about random record-nerd stuff when we got onto the subject of the current hottest-selling USED classic-rock albums. I know Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, etc. have always made the list, and I assumed they are still desired, but one of the fellers kinda shook his head and said, "Man, things have changed." Then he shared a few artists/groups whose old records are trending NOW as classic classic rock. Mostly the new classic classics list was filled with mundane soft rock, like anything by Cat Stevens, right, but surprisingly, at the top of this new classic classics was Paul Simon's Graceland. Uh...WUT? So...the kids can't get enough of 1986-era Paul Simon!?
I presume this has to do with what the parents were listening to when the kids were young, the 20somethings today were born in the late '80s/early '90s, so this is generational. Perhaps. I know how deeply I was influenced by my dad's record collection. Or maybe it's just current trends in pop/rock music influencing the taste of those folks shaping this trend. It can't be ironic or a guilty pleasure, right? Like, growing out an ironic mullet is still growing out a fucking mullet.
But still, the conversation made me curious as to what else the young folk are listening to and/or considering classic. Was the record store clerk WRONG?!? Seriously, Paul Simon's god-damned Graceland album CAN'T be the new cool!! What are, or are soon to be, THE NEW classic classics of YOUR classic rock?