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1980's music

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by JWBlue, Dec 26, 2012.

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  1. JWBlue

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    I can't imagine a better era for music.

    I grew up in the 80's so I might be biased.

    None of the post 80's voices enhanced by auto tune garbage.

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    Thank God for the 80's.
     
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    I agree. The 70's was great too with some of my favorite artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppin and Bruce Springsteen having their glory years, or just starting them. I love that song and video JWBlue.
     
  3. Joe Strummer

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    I played cover tunes + original songs
    for that entire decade -- in bars - almost
    every weekend ( and weekdays, as well ).
    The crowds were into dancing + "live music" .
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    I am amazed at how many 80's songs I know
    how to play on guitar.:eek:
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    Then came........."canned muzak" + Kareoki ( however you spell it ?):vomit:
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    Only the 60's = the 80's in music.
     
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    Give me the 50's and early 60's any day

    The early days of rock,Elvis,Jerry Lee,Little Richard,Buddy Holley and not to mention all the Do-Wop Groups ,Otis Redding,Sam and Dave,I could go on and on.I guess it's hard to appreciate if you werent born then .
     
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    I agree. I have always joked that I'm "stuck in the 80's" musically.
     
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    What makes 80's music so good, is it's so terrible that's it's great. Songs like Safety Dance, Don't You Want Me Baby, Electric Avenue, 867-5309, etc, they are far from musical masterpieces, but I love them.

    Music today is just garbage. Even Rock has devolved to overproduced, commercial, ball-less crap like Nickelback.

    TFK
     
  7. Joe Strummer

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    I cannot distinguish ANY !....of a bunch
    of current female singers.
    They ALL sound the same to me - w/ the same production
    behind them.
    When I'm playing VP ( in Vegas ) I have to
    turn to my wife and ask "Who sings this one ?"
    Sometimes I guess......NEVER get it right.
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    Anybody else ?
     
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    It's all relative. And when we start talking about how great stuff was in "our day," well, it just shows that like every generation that came before, we're getting old and cranky.

    That two-part tale by the Moody Blues was catchy, and I have 'em both downloaded and on vinyl somewhere. But it's certainly way evolved in a pop sense from where the Blues were 10 years earlier. Everything changes.

    There's music I found utterly profound in high school that now sounds like so much crap. A lot we still rock daily. And there's great stuff done more recently -- I'll just use Gnarls Barkley as an example -- that would not have been possible back then.
     
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    Yeah! Kids today and their rock and roll music. :haha:

    I think that there was a LOT of crap in the 80's, but there was some great stuff too. Just like today. It's the good stuff that will last and the rest will fade like Autograph, Aldo Nova and The Vapors.
     
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    Very well said Ken! I played keyboards in a large "funk" band (think Tower of Power type) in the late 70's and then a rock-cover band in the early 80's and I love the music from the era... but instead of the "grass was greener in my day" mentality, I have a lot of appreciation for the music of today. Particularly today's country (Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, etc. which in many ways wouldda been considered light rock then. I like Kid Rock, Eminem and a lot of rap music (Ludicrous) is very interesting to me... though some is garbage. I like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole and Lady Gaga, but don't think they sound alike.

    Lots of stuff to recall, but lots of stuff to appreciate now! IMHO
     
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    I even admitted that I am biased.

    It would be a good debate whether 60's, 70's, or 80's was better.

    All I know for sure is that all three better than anything past those eras.


    I admit some of the stuff in the 80's was pretty bad.

    Some of the stuff had a little too many electrical instruments.

    At least Auto-Tune had not been invented.

    Another classic from the 80s. Love it or hate it.

    So absurd it is funny.

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    I thought the 70's pop/rock sucked --
    even when I was listening to it then !
    ( Beatles were done/Rolling Stones sucked/ WAY TOO MUCH
    Billy Joel + Elton....every other song ! My god ! ):grrr:
    That's one reason "Disco" took over.
    And I was late teens + early twenties then.
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    I was going to mention a thumbs up to 50's music:thumbsup:
    but I only listened to it in hindsight.
    Yet, that was the birth of rock'n'roll with Doo-Wop being so popular, as well.
    Gene Vincent/Eddie Cochrane/Buddy Holly/Elvis/Carl Perkins:nworthy:
    So, I'm not a "back in my day, it was better" kinda guy.
     
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    Hahahaha, it's funny you mentioned this; for I was signing it to the "kids" at work just last week! They all thought I was crazy!!!!! Love Eddie Murphy.

    Sure 80's music is the best and I still listen to it everyday. Oingo Boingo, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Missing Persons, The Romantics, Yaz, OMD, Erasure, The Go-Go's, etc etc etc........
    Reminds me of my clubbin and dancing days. Parachute pants, swiss army shirt, knit tie, and Capezio dance shoes......that was ME! :thumbsup:

    I have a real 'dislike' for that auto-tune stuff nowadays. :grrr:
     
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    Another classic from the 80s. Love it or hate it.

    So absurd it is funny.

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    +1

    Totally dig this tune.

    I have to agree that I cannot distinguish most bands today. But then, I don't listen to the radio, haven't in 15 years. I even took the antenna off my car.

    I will say, two bands that I have heard that do stand out are The Black Keys and The Twang. Both have that raw, unprocessed sound and they are quite different from the usual pop 40 stuff...
     
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    I also grew up in the 80's. I graduated in 1993- but had a brother that graduated in 82 and a sister that graduated in 85- so I had music all around me. MTV back then was on at my parents house almost all day, well, right up until my dad got home from work.

    And MTV was god back then. If a band or solo artist wanted to be something, MTV decided whether or not they would make it. Guns N Roses Welcome To The Jungle was sent to MTV and played once at 2 am, and it was never going to be played again. Until quite a few thousand people actually seen it and started writing letters, and we all know how that ended up. Does MTV even play music anymore? VH1 Classic is watched regularly at my house now.
     
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    jerseyguy, Not sure if you have ever come across Jerry Blavat, a DJ from Philly with a place in Margate called Memories Lounge. Blavat is a walking encyclopedia of your era and has a radio show. He could play a song from the 50's and tell you each band member, then play three other versions of the same song, sung by a different artist, and tell a story of each artist.
     
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    Nothing better than the 70s - Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Queen, Stones, Who, Springsteen, Arrowsmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper, Marshall Tucker, Bob Seger, Clapton, Chicago (early stuff), Foghat, CSNY, Deep Purple, Boston, Doobie Bros, Steely Dan, ELP, BTO, ELO, Grand Funk, Steppenwolf, Black Oak Arkansas, Fleetwood Mac, Dan Fogelberg, etc.
     
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    I agree that the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s was primo. Today's music is much more about physical appeal and marketability. Take a great singer/songwriter like Jim Croce, he would have had a tough time in today's music scene. There are many, many more incredible musicians, to the music industries discredit, from past eras that would not get a shot today. Janis Joplin, Mama Cass, Neil Young are just a few that come to mind that music execs would pass over for much less musically talented "stars" of today, IMHO.
     
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    Not saying which are better.

    This is tough to be beat though.

    Top 100 of the 1980s.


    1. Michael Jackson
    2. Prince
    3. Madonna
    4. U2
    5. Bruce Springsteen (Born in the USA).
    6. Run-D.M.C.
    7. Van Halen
    8. Public Enemy
    9. Billy Joel
    10. The Police
    11. Phil Collins
    12. Guns N' Roses
    13. Def Leppard
    14. Janet Jackson
    15. George Michael/Wham
    16. Whitney Houston
    17. Metallica
    18. N.W.A
    19. Dire Straits
    20. AC/DC
    21. Rush
    22. Iron Maiden
    23. Judas Priest
    24. Lionel Richie
    25. Bon Jovi
    26. Talking Heads
    27. Genesis
    28. R.E.M.
    29. Duran Duran
    30. Motley Crue
    31. The Cure
    32. Journey
    33. John Mellencamp
    34. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
    35. REO Speedwagon
    36. Kool and the Gang
    7. L.L. Cool J
    38. Tina Turner
    39. Queen
    40. Beastie Boys
    41. Ozzy Osbourne
    42. The Smiths
    43. Huey Lewis and the News
    44. Bryan Adams
    45. Hall & Oates
    46. Pat Benatar
    47. Eric B. & Rakim
    48. Billy Idol
    49. Peter Gabriel
    50. INXS

    http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_artists80pop.html

    There are a ton of notables in the bottom 50.

    Tears for Fears is #97! They were a great band!
     
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    And how many of those acts were founded in the 70s, in which it can easily be argued they did their best work?

    For you, some others, the 80s legitimately are the "best." But it's not universal. Can't be.
     
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