Created By: TahitianVentriloquist on January 20, 2013

Thud Thud Thud Thud

When an aging rock band starts using drum machines in a half-hearted attempt to seem relevant. Started happening in 1996; stopped happening by 1999.

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The results are almost always cringe-inducingly cheesy but still kind of fun.

Most egregious examples: (by this point they hated each other an themselves so much that they couldn't even be bothered to write a new song)
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  • January 20, 2013
  • January 20, 2013
    Not really. I like every band I linked to.

    Maybe 'cringe-inducingly cheesy' was an unnecessary editorialization.
  • January 20, 2013
    ^ Other parts like "aging band", "half-hearted attempt", "seem relevant", "kind of fun" are all laden with negativity and condescending. If this can make it even to a trivia entry, it should be rewritten to be more about what exactly happens with a band's style rather than describing how it comes over to a portion of fans.
  • January 20, 2013
    See also Were Still Relevant Dammit.

    Perhaps this trope is bigger than simply drum machines in the 90s. There's something of a pattern of established artists adapting their style to fit whatever fad happens to be current, with the results frequently declared a Dork Age by the fanbase or Old Shame by the musicians themselves. In the 70s, the fad was disco. In the 80s, the popularity of New Wave and Synth Pop saw established bands incorporating synthesizers. In the 90s, the popularity of techno and house music led to bands incorporating drum machines.

    Really, drum machines were almost everywhere in the 90s. Jars Of Clay used drum machines on their first album, even though it was otherwise acoustic.