We might still have a way to go

前兩天, 透過 ROXY VIBE的粉絲頁宣布了ROXY VIBE 自二月份起停止樂團邀約演出.回歸單純的"場地經營"角色.消息散出.許多樂團朋友.樂迷同感意外與婉惜.當然.面對不可為.或不知何以為之的前景難關, 身為 VIBE 主人. 對於鉅額投資的結果與未竟的理想. 自是只能吞淚無語.


我們並沒有善後的準備現實思想. 只是對於難以想望逆轉的低迷實際. 做出理智的反應決策. 我很喜歡當下 ROXY VIBE 與 ROXY ROCKER 兩個廳完美的結合. 我們擁有在 ROCKER , 一個能夠容納 200 人較大的舞台與舞池. 一個傳承台灣創作樂團發展光榮歷史意義, 容納 100 人的演出舞台空間 . 也同時正安排著 14000 張黑膠唱片落戶上架, 打造中, 超大搖滾黑膠室的 VIBE...這樣完整內容的 "ROXY ROCK HOUSE" 可是 ROXY 自 1982 年開始, 一直夢想的空間. 不幸的是. 現實, 並不允許這樣的美好存在. 真實的情況是, ROXY VIBE 自去年十月底開幕以來, 每一場演出都是"門可羅雀". ... ROXY ROCKER 也處於經營低潮. ..以最單純.保守的態度減輕負擔 .是我們唯一能有的選擇.


今天中午, 我駕車外出, 很巧地在我車上音響傳出連續兩首非常熟悉. 卻也好一陣子沒有聽到的歌曲 :

Billy Joel - It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me.

The Kinks - A Rock 'n Roll Fantasy


Billy Joel 1980 年的暢銷曲 It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me. 是一首融合了Punk, Rock, New Wave與 70年代 Funk 的一首非常嘲諷意味, 卻也很正面激勵搖滾樂迷心情的一首佳作..1980年, 正是個音樂型態混亂的交口. 搖滾樂自 60年代起經歷的種種變化. 有 60年中期的英國搖滾勢力.美國舊金山之聲的迷幻之音. 實驗派的龐克紐約之聲. 60年末 重搖滾. 金屬搖滾的崛起. 突然地在 70 年中期席捲全世界的 DISCO. 漸至 80 年初, 一切混亂到不行的結果. 由 New Wave 一統江湖.. 音樂文化的發展. 並不只單純僅是樂器彈奏和弦的變化. 而是整個時尚潮流甚至生活品味態度的 次文化聚合改變.. Billy Joel 應該是厭惡透了這個時期的混亂. 所以.歌曲開頭第一句就說: 我穿什麼樣子, 干你啥事啊...?


What's the matter with the clothes I'm wearing? "Can't you tell that your tie's too wide?" Maybe I should buy some old tab collars? "Welcome back to the age of jive Where have you been hidin' out lately, honey? You can't dress trashy till you spend a lot of money" Everybody's talkin' 'bout the new sound Funny, but it's still rock and roll to me


每個人都吹牛著自己做了 .聽的是 " 新音樂"..

那可真奇了...告訴你. 我在乎的就還是 我的搖滾樂

我們是不是也正處在這樣的交口呢 ?..坦白說..這兩個月來, 每一場在 ROXY VIBE 演出的樂團都很認真地宣傳演出活動. 都有非常精采的表演...每一位樂手都是以非常尊崇 VIBE 傳承的樂團歷史氛圍.不計酬勞賣力演出...卻每一場都讓我在角落難過著. 不是冷清的票房收入. 而是懷念著 80 年代熱氣沸騰的 VIBE 與如今凋零冷清搖滾場景..


The Kinks 的 A Rock 'n Roll Fantasy


1978年, The Kinks 的一首經典. 幾乎是所有當代搖滾樂迷"國歌"的 " A Rock 'n Roll Fantasy ".是 Ray Davis 在 貓王剛去世不久感懷之作. 出自 The Kinks 1978 年專輯 " Misfits " Hello you, hello me, hello people we used to be Isn't it strange, we never changed We've been through it all yet we're still the same And I know it's a miracle we still go, and for all we know We might still have a way to go

Hello me, hello you, you say you want out Want to start anew, throw in your hand Break up the band, start a new life, be a new man But for all we know, we might still have a way to go Before you go, there's something you ought to know

There's a guy in my block, he lives for rock He plays records day and night And when he feels down he puts some rock 'n' roll on And it makes him feel alright And when he feels the world is closing in He turns his stereo way up high

He just spends his life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy He just spends his life living on the edge of reality He just spends his life in a rock 'n' roll fantasy He just spends his life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy He just spends his life living on the edge of reality He just spends his life in a rock 'n' roll fantasy He just spends his life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy

Look at me, look at you You say we've got nothing left to prove The King is dead, rock is done You might be through but I've just begun I don't know, I feel free and I won't let go Before you go, there's something you ought to know

Dan is a fan and he lives for our music It's the only thing that gets him by He's watched us grow and he's seen all our shows He's seen us low and he's seen us high Oh, but you and me keep thinking That the world's just passing us by

Don't want to spend my life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy Don't want to spend my life living on the edge of reality Don't want to waste my life hiding away anymore Don't want to spend my life living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy


也許, 每一位搖滾樂迷聽著這首歌. 都會不自禁地踏入歌中情境.化身歌中的主人.堅定地宣示著 : Hello you, hello me, hello people we used to be Isn't it strange, we never changed We've been through it all yet we're still the same And I know it's a miracle we still go, and for all we know We might still have a way to go 是的.....嘻哈.舞曲. EDM 雄踞 百名單曲排行 90 名次以上的現代音樂風潮中. 搖滾樂 微弱的氣息中仍然有我. 有你. 有 ROXY ..


Yes ! We might still have a way to go !!!!



~凌威


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