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    Posted: December 22 2019 at 17:16
Sure the giants succumbed to commercialitis.  Some tried and failed.  Some tried and died. Some succeeded.  Meanwhile there was actually a lot of great music going on if you knew where to look. So lets showcase them here. Big smile
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I will start with Johnson, David Earle with Jan Hammer Hip Address 1980 Feb.-Mar.  Yeah before Jan became Mr. Miami Vice Soundtrack, which actually had some cool '80's music he did this one that kicked off the decade.


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Bowie, David Scary Monsters 1980 Feb.-Apr.  I've always felt David did some of his best with Fripp and Eno and Fripp is here front and center.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2019 at 17:22
I didn't think the 80s were bad for music. I love a huge amount of 80s music, both prog and not prog, and a lot that is under a prog umbrella. I'll start by mentioning Art Zoyd in the 80s; love it.

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"You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views..." (Doctor Who "The Face of Evil" 1977).
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Sky Sky 2 1980 Apr. Sky, freaking Sky.  Headed up by THE John Williams as far as I am concerned.
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80s were definitely not bad! Probably the weakest decade as far as prog goes since its birth but certainly lots of great music.
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Bush, Kate Never for Ever 1979 1980 Sep.-May Kate get the prog bug big time.
Hackett, Steve Defector (Remaster) 1980 Mar.-May It had its defective moment but The Steppes gives me goosebumps.
Di Meola, Al Spendido Hotel 1980 May Splendido AlDimo indeedo.




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I should consolidate more as I haven't even finished with 1980 yet.
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Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Bush, Kate Never for Ever 1979 1980 Sep.-May Kate get the prog bug big time.



She released three albums in the Eighties, all quite progressive in their own way - especially The Dreaming (1982), though a lot of prog fans prefer Hounds of Love (1985) because of the side-long suite "The Ninth Wave". The Sensual World (1989), in my opinion, is not quite on the same level, but still an excellent album, with one song in particular ("Deeper Understanding") that foreshadows what society would become just a couple of decades later.
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Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Bush, Kate Never for Ever 1979 1980 Sep.-May Kate get the prog bug big time.



She released three albums in the Eighties, all quite progressive in their own way - especially The Dreaming (1982), though a lot of prog fans prefer Hounds of Love (1985) because of the side-long suite "The Ninth Wave". The Sensual World (1989), in my opinion, is not quite on the same level, but still an excellent album, with one song in particular ("Deeper Understanding") that foreshadows what society would become just a couple of decades later.
Twas The Dreaming that hooked me on her. I heard Suspended In Gaffa on college radio while driving and got a major case of the goosebumps. Big smile
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Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Bush, Kate<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Never for Ever<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>1979<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>1980<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Sep.-May Kate get the prog bug big time.



She released three albums in the Eighties, all quite progressive in their own way - especially The Dreaming (1982), though a lot of prog fans prefer Hounds of Love (1985) because of the side-long suite "The Ninth Wave". The Sensual World (1989), in my opinion, is not quite on the same level, but still an excellent album, with one song in particular ("Deeper Understanding") that foreshadows what society would become just a couple of decades later.


The Ninth Wave is superb. I love The Sensual World (got it on cassette in the bargain bin not long after it was released. It also features Kate Bush's rockin' "Rocket's Tail" (with Gilmour on guitar). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yeimyOsdrA "The Fog" is a particular favourite of mine.
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Great minds think alike, Greg! I love "The Fog", with Nigel Kennedy on violin.
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Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

80s were definitely not bad! Probably the weakest decade as far as prog goes since its birth but certainly lots of great music.

Yep. You just had to know where to look. It's the decade I first discovered prog so it can't be that bad. Lol.

Plus you had the birth of neo prog which had some cool stuff not to mention the earliest albums by Djam Karet, Ozric Tentacles and Dream Theater.
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Univers Zero, Eskaton, Present, Art Zoyd, Thinking Plague, King Crimson, This Heat, Cardiacs, The Enid, Shub-Niggurath, Dead Can Dance

80's were great!
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Listening to a band on youtube called Cartoon and their first album from 1981. Not my usual style but I really like it. 
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Univers Zero, Eskaton, Present, Art Zoyd, Thinking Plague, King Crimson, This Heat, Cardiacs, The Enid, Shub-Niggurath, Dead Can Dance

80's were great!


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Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

80s were definitely not bad! Probably the weakest decade as far as prog goes since its birth but certainly lots of great music.
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