When you think of the music and the art that went into The Proposals, you probably think of Frank Zappa, Robert Plant, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.
But the band is more than just that, and the music, film, and art of the late ’60s and early ’70s, when the group was formed, have never been fully explored.
Today, they are part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and are a crucial part of a wider conversation about America’s cultural legacy.
This is a guest post by The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson.
The Proposes have been described as “a postmodern musical and cinematic hybrid” that explores a “saturated universe of images and music, which is at once both an aesthetic and a political statement.”
Its creators were inspired by a 1967 film by the same name about a man who uses his knowledge of art to make a film of himself.
Today The Propose’s songs and films explore the world through a prism of pop culture and art, and their influence has permeated our culture ever since.
“We’re kind of like a modern, hip-hop-inspired hip-wad,” guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme said in an interview with the Smithsonian’s National Museum.
“And in a way, we’re just like that movie, just a little more twisted.
We’re just talking about it a little bit more.”
The Proposal’s songs are often described as a postmodern music and cinematic hybrids.
Their sound is more in line with a mix of R&B and rap than an avant-garde pop act.
Homme, who co-produced The Pro Posse with his friend Joe Strummer, said that, at the time, his group’s songs were almost a kind of pop album.
“They were pretty much like that,” he said.
“It was a pop-punk record, and it was really about the way you talk to your audience and how you do your songs.
It was like a post-punk album, and you could hear that in all of our music.”
The group’s music and film have been studied extensively over the years, but its impact on American culture is largely overlooked.
The band’s music was so influential in the American musical canon that when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, it was widely reported that the group’s lyrics inspired the work of David Bowie, whose album Blackstar was based on The Props’ songs.
“In my opinion, The Proproposes music has more to do with rock music and pop music than it does with any kind of contemporary music,” Strummer told the Smithsonian.
“The songs and music that they were writing were the most important influences on my work as an artist, and I think that was what made it important to me to create my own songs.”
“It’s a combination of the classic rock sound that was coming out of the 1960s, the sound of the early 70s that had a lot of influence, and also the sounds of jazz that was becoming more and more popular at that time,” Homme added.
“All of these influences came together and made The Pro Proposes music, and then you added in a little post-rock, hip hop and a little punk.”
Homme and Strummer also have said that The Properties were influenced by the work and music of the Beatles.
“You can’t put a dollar value on that,” Hommed said.
The group were also influenced by bands like The Smiths, The Cure, and Led Zeppelin, but Homme says the music on The Poses debut album, 1989, is “not so much about those artists” but “about the music that was making that music in the ’60a and ’70a.”
“The first song that we put out was called ‘The Proposes,’ and it had a really heavy metal-y sound,” he explained.
“That was kind of what it was.
It wasn’t a ’70 record, it wasn’t an ’80 record, but it had an interesting and very heavy sound.
It really had that kind of feeling to it.
It didn’t sound like anything else in the band.”
Hommed and Strumpys original idea for the album was for the group to play a show with the Beatles, but they never made it that far.
“I remember saying, ‘We’ve gotta do something with this Beatles,’ because they were so important to the music,” Hommes said.
Strummer remembers thinking about a similar idea, but he was concerned about not having enough material to fit the album.
So, they took a cue from the Beatles’ live shows and decided to make an acoustic version of their hit, “I Feel Fine.”
The idea for “The Proposes” came to Hommed while he was on tour with his band, the New Jersey based band The New