In the article by Sasha Frere Jones, “A Paler Shade of White” he talked about how a lot of rock musicians got influence from blues artists. Many white artists back in the day were getting most of the credit than the black artists and were noticed more. A perfect example of this in which the author mentioned is the song “Twist and Shout” made famously by the Beatles was in fact a song by the Isley Brothers who were R&B musicians. Some famous rockers like Aerosmith came together and did a collaboration with hip-hop artists like Run DMC for the song “Walk This Way.” A song that came to mind when I read that was “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi featuring MGMT. Kid Cudi is a well know hip-hop artist while MGMT is an American psychedelic rock duo. The two came together and did a cool rendition fusing both of their genre’s music together.
In the article by Sean Nelson, “Let’s Not Get It On”, he talks about how there is no denying the fact that rock n’ roll and sex are linked. ‘Rock n’ roll’ actually means “sex”. Many artists in the 90’s sang about sex in their songs such as, Sonic Youth with their album “Dirty” which features Kim Gordon’s voice on “Swimsuit Issue” and “Drunken Butterfly” which had a creepy sexual harassment/ seduction tone to it. Pavement was another band of the 90’s who sang about girls a lot. Bikini Kill also released a song titled “I like Fucking” which basically says it all in the title. They were not being shy with that one. A band that comes to mind for me during the 90’s who sang about sex and were pretty obvious in their message they were getting across like Bikini Kill was, was The Bloodhound Gang with their song “The Bad Touch”. They are an American band which started as a hip hop group but branched out into other genres including, punk, rock, and electronic rock as their career progressed. This song was really big in the 90’s when it released and it is pretty much their most known song.