Music in 2060
Music is the messenger no one can silence.
- Maria Mercurial
By 2060 the face of music has changed a great deal, yet at the same time returned to its' roots. Walking through downtown Seattle at 2 a.m. you are just as likely to hear a Troll Thrash metal band as a Mariachi band. The most predominant sounds in the U.C.A.S. are rock and synthesized music (in all its varied forms). Some of the various bands and sounds of 2060 are detailed below
Concrete Dreams are the most famous rock band in the world, although they haven't played a concert since 2044 and only produce one album a year. They made their first appearance in 2030 at Club Penumbra in Seattle, although they did not become truly famous until 2032. The band members are Warren Cartwright (Guitar), Andrea Frost (Synthlink), Moira Thornton (Programmer/Songwriter), and François Nyanze (Drumbox). The instruments the band use are predoimantly synths, of various sorts, with Warren Cartwright being the principal player of 'traditional' instruments such as the electric guitar. Moira suffered a nervous breakdown in 2038 shortly after their multiplatinum Nightmares of the Soul album was released. Street gossip says that Moira in fact died and that when the band staged their comeback in late 2039, the apparently healthy looking Moira was in fact an imposter, a vat grown double, grown/created by the bands controlling corporation.
The strangely named Toxic Frog appeared in late 2059, the first Troll Thrash Metal band to stay in the charts for more than four weeks at number 1. The lead singer (if you can call her that) is Astra Max, a surprisingly good looking troll. There are three guitarists, who alternate between the various roles within the band when they feel like it. Two of them are Elmer and Marco, a pair or identical twins, and JoJo, the only ork in the group. The bands drummer is a huge (3.2 m) troll, who demands that everyone call him 'Crusher'. Street gossip says that Crushers real name is James Tiberius Kirk (his mothers name is Elaine Kirk, and yes, she does watch reruns of Star Trek: The Wonder Years), but noone has been stupid enough to ask him to his face. Yet.
The worlds first Ork prog-rock band, also known as 'Trog Rock', were formed in 2056 and tour regularly in the UCAS and Europe. The lead singer, Gold Nail, first became famous singing his now-famous cover of 'Wanna be in my gang'. The sight of six huge orks dressed in silver flared sequinned suits jumping around a stage sticks in the mind for a long time. The band has a huge following in the German states, where their lead singer Klaus 'The Quiff' Knockwurst originates from. It's rumoured that the drummer, Erei Sallom, used to be an 'Enforcer' for Boris 'The Bludgeon' Smith, the notorious London gangster.
Ereis real name is Eric Smith, he's actually The Bludgeons son. The Bludgeon is fiercly racist, and only let Eric live because his wife pleaded him to.
Another famous glam rock band, this time populated by dwarves. This British band currently comprises of Grom Silver, Brother Gurnison (lead
guitar), Mad Mac McMad (mad dwarf bassist), and Billy the Club (troll drummer). The band are known for classics like the "Stout Dwarf Stomp" and similar.
Played in dwarven dives everywhere.
Grom is a short stout dwarf usually seen in at least 3" platform soled heavy boots and wearing a brightly patterned sparkly longcoat with hideously long collar. Grom has bright ginger hair oiled and moulded into a quiff, he is
usually seen with a hideous grin and has a deep scottish accent.
Grom Silver has just completed a wildly popular tour of the UCAS and has retired to his home in Aberdeen to compile a new album (Technicolour Dragon) for the coming year.
Half of Groms family are pirates, or Shadowrunners of one sort or another. Grom originally trained as a roughneck on a North Sea oilrig, but eventually was fired after repeatedly breaking the strict fire regulations by wearing too much hair gel.
Urban Combat Zone
Urban Combat Zone (UCZ) are the latest group to hit the big time. They seem to have a rotating group membership, with the only constant member of the group being an Irish-American Elf called Maxim. The group always appear in public dressed in stylised security armour. They are very popular within the military and merc communities, although Maxim says that his music is actually denouncing all violence in the 21st century. How this ties in with their image is still unclear.
What they don't say is that Maxim served ten years in Joliet for aggravated assault. It's rumoured that when he was inside he was used as an expiremental subject for some sort of psychotropic black ice which has left him with a split personality. Most of the time he is a normal, peaceful, if alcoholic, pop star, but occasionally he can flip and turn into a homicidal maniac.
Rubbish. Maxim has never been arrested, yet alone put in prison. The rumours about Maxims instability were spread by the lead singer of an Aztechnology sponsored band, after UCZ managed to enter the charts straight to number one, just as their band was about to have their very first number one.
An Elven folk group, generally they turn out one album every couple of years. The style is the same as in Irish folk music, but the words tend to be in Sperithiel. The band recently received the honour of playing a private gig for the High Prince of the Tir, he was said to be 'very impressed' by the bands talents, and commended them as great ambassadors for the elven nation. The band currently live in Seattle, although they regularly visit both Tirs, and the Caribbean League.
The Top Ten
For Saturday July 17th 2060.
The top ten has never been a good guide to what music people are buying, but even less so in the middle 21st century. The major corporations often buy huge amounts of new releases, just to get their latest new band into the public eye. The list below is compiled from the KSTS independent TV channel. Also shown are the number of sales so far.
1. Concrete Dreams - Sounds of a Dragon [Platinum - 1,001,004 sales]
2. Monster Machine - Truck Stop Rumble [Platinum - 900,400 sales (200,000 rumoured to be an Aztechnology bulk purchase)]
3. Rivet Joint - Bouncing to the Beat (Remix) [Gold - 600,432 sales]
4. Urban Combat Zone - Napalm [Gold - 600,431 sales]
5. Maze - Neverending Circles [Silver - 434,567 sales]
6. Transdental Smash - Walk in the Park [Silver - 236,500 sales]
7. Static Hiss - Nothing to hear (on the radio) [Silver - 205,456 sales]
8. Use of Weapons - Azzie [New Release]
9. Million Dollar Android - Who needs money? [Platinum - 1,002,456 sales]
10.Flapjack - Hey Ricky! [Gold - 423,987]
The above piece is an original article (although Concrete Dreams is part of the official published Shadowrun game setting - and not created by me in any way), first printed in The Shadowrun Supplemental, issue 11. All the artwork are originals created by Gareth Perkins. No infringement of any copyright is intended. Please contact me if there is an issue. This article was created several years prior to the entertainment section in State of the Art: 2063.
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