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Topic: 80s music
Posted By: The Mystical
Subject: 80s music
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 23:02
Since 80s fashion and music is having a come-back, I was wondering what you guys and gals thought of it.

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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 23:11
Uh, I like good 80s music anyway

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Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 23:30
IQ, Marillion with Fish, Twelfth Night, Bacamarte, Univers Zero, Shub Niggurath, Dead Can Dance...what's not to like LOL 

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Posted By: smartpatrol
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 23:36
Some bands are better than others. It's hard to say I dislike or like an entire decade of music. That's ten years; more than fifty percent of my life

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Posted By: Neo-Romantic
Date Posted: November 16 2013 at 23:59
It's a decade I'm only mildly familiar with. I was born in 1990, so I didn't grow up with it, and strictly in terms of prog, the only group whose output in that decade I've listened to extensively so far is Rush. I'm planning on getting more into it though. I won't negatively judge it before I give it a fair try Smile


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 02:02
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Uh, I like good 80s music anyway



This I guess.

I like what I like from ant decade. I can't really generalise about any one decade.

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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 03:14
You can always find something good, but I hate the 80s not only in music. Angry 

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Posted By: verslibre
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 03:39
In spite of the "80s stigma" (due mostly to lots of crappy/silly new romantic & hair metal bands, though there's always a grey area), that decade had/has tons of great music, especially when it comes to progressive-electronic.

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Posted By: uduwudu
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 03:41
King Crimson, yes, Yes, Yes. Madonna, no. Zappa, UZ, Rush, of course. By 80s music I understand that to mean chart oriented pop songs (Shub Nigurath?? ha, ha...)

There were many good songs one or tow of which I liked as well, but the album oriented era was de-emphasized.

I think Frankie Goes To Hollywood was a bigger act than that other Buggles spin-off band Yes.


Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 03:58
I don't like fads, but there is some great music from the 80's decade.


Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 04:45
Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

In spite of the "80s stigma" (due mostly to lots of crappy/silly new romantic & hair metal bands, though there's always a grey area), that decade had/has tons of great music, especially when it comes to progressive-electronic.
Do you mean the tons of movie soundtracks released by Tangerine Dream? Neither far comparable to their pink period, IMO.


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 04:45
''80's music'' means Bananarama , China Crisis ,  Simple Minds, Duran Duran etc doesn't it?

if its '80's prog' then I like it. IQ are one of my favourite bands and Marillion made some very decent albums. Add Rush , Kate Bush , Eloy and Mike Oldfield and it adds up to a good decade. 


Posted By: unclemeat69
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 04:51
I hated the 80's while I was growing up in that decade.
Musically I liked british heavy metal, hardcore underground rap and Kate Bush.
I was getting more and more into FZ and saw him live in Rotterdam in 1988.
Most other music from that era didn't appeal to me very much.


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Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 04:56
Having been born in the 50s, I lived through the 60s/70s and saw prog emerge, flourish, then largely either descend into pomposity or commercialism. What came after was either punk, neo-romanticism or the alternative art rock of bands like Talking Heads. My initial reaction was to label all 80s music as ****.
 
But slowly, some gems emerged, Nostell Priory 198(3) introduced me to a fledgling Marillion, who rapidly became firm favourites. Later, I discovered IQ, whose first two albums I think are actually even marginally better than Marillion's first two. Big Country emerged from the ashes of the Skids and released some quite brilliant albums - some have definite progressive traits. Dire Straits became much more complex and sophisticated and released three albums which are quite superb and flit round the fringes of prog. A Celtic Rock band called Runrig emerged from the Western Highlands and released their third album, an astonishing concept album (Recovery), which had half the songs in their native language (Gaelic). Their followed it up with Heartland (equally astonishing) and a series of excellent, commercially successful "song" albums and a live album of incredible energy which ranks up there with the very best.


One or two of the 70s acts kept the faith. Camel reversed their late 70s decline with the brilliant Nude and, after a blip with The Single Factor, bounced back with Stationary Traveller, an album which improves enormously with repeated listening. Jethro Tull released Crest of a Knave which I don't like much but many do ( does anyone else think that, at times, they sound a bit like Dire Straits clones on this?).

And there's Asia. I don't regard their first album as particularly progressive but, if it had been released by four musicians who had never been in a prog band, I'd have liked it a lot (and I do) because the songs are great. Most of the hate seems to be because it was recorded by prog heroes who were viewed as "selling out". 

There are many more good albums from the 80s

However, there's a lot of utter dross too.


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Posted By: sleeper
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 06:28
Too broad of a question, there's always going to be good music to find in any decade but on the whole the 80's have a lower quantity of quality than any other decade since the 60's/70's.


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Posted By: hellogoodbye
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 06:30
80's music ?  Post Punk : Yes  / Progressive Rock : :No.


Posted By: prog4evr
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 06:44
Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

IQ, Marillion with Fish, Twelfth Night, Bacamarte, Univers Zero, Shub Niggurath, Dead Can Dance...what's not to like LOL 

Agreed - 80s prog music, definitely. 80s pop, uh - probably not...


Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 08:29
when i was living in the 80s, i hated most of the music with a passion; now, i like hearing it, even tho i don't actively collect it.

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Posted By: twosteves
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 09:10
well if I'm forced to make a glittering generality---I'd vote no as 80's music is not on my heavy rotation on my i phone--apparently not holding up for me ---as much as other era's.


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 09:17

Plenty of reasons to love the 80s right there. So many more from where they came from, I just took some different albums from various underground scenes.


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Posted By: TheGazzardian
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 09:23
Oh yes. The prog, the pop, the others, what's not to love?

XTC, Cardiacs, Univers Zero, Talking Heads, Rip Rig + Panic, This Heat, Tears for Fears, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Rush, B-52s, King Crimson, Marillion, etc...


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 10:00
Within The Realm is my favorite DCD album so that makes the 80's worth it for me on just that one disc,..and there are others that have been mentioned.
Echo, Simple Minds, Ultravox, XTC,  etc...are also excellent bands from that time.

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Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 11:25
A big yes!! I couldn't stand synth pop in the 80's, but now I appreciate it very much. I love Ultravox, OMD, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Japan, XTC etc.

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Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 11:26
I forgot Tears for Fears, the B52s and The Thompson Twins(great pop)!!

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Posted By: proggman
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 12:07
Prog music from the 80's that I like so far are Rush, Bacamarte, Marillion, Queensr˙che, Peter Gabriel, Los Jaivas, Cardiacs, King Crimson, Fates Warning, Itoiz, Savatage and IQ.



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Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 15:35
Originally posted by TheGazzardian TheGazzardian wrote:

Oh yes. The prog, the pop, the others, what's not to love?

XTC, Cardiacs, Univers Zero, Talking Heads, Rip Rig + Panic, This Heat, Tears for Fears, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Rush, B-52s, King Crimson, Marillion, etc...

You did a pretty good job of summarizing what was good in the so called '80's music.  I should throw in Joe Jackson and The Psychedelic Furs.  Plus Toto's Dune soundtrack and The Eurythmics 1984 were fairly progressive.


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Posted By: Chris S
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 22:03
More to life than just prog!

XTC
Television
Talking Heads
Talk Talk
Simple Minds
Echo & The Bunnymen
The Sound
The Waterboys
World Party
Ultravox
Rush
Genesis
Manfred Mann
Tangerine Dream
King Crimson
Jethro Tull
The Cure
Siouxie & The Banshees
David Bowie
Van Morrison
Marillion
Pink Floyd
Camel
Caravan - just a snippet
Mike Oldfield
Lionel Richie
The Commodores
Icehouse
RHCP
INXS
Supertramp
Yes
Martha & The Muffins
The Church
Kate Bush!
Joan Armatrading
Michael Jackson - yes him

how long is a piece of string? The 80's were alive and kicking with plenty prog acts in continuance and so many new bands on the scene


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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 22:20
The Smiths

Wink


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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 17 2013 at 23:28
Originally posted by Chris S Chris S wrote:

More to life than just prog!

XTC
Television
Talking Heads
Talk Talk
Simple Minds
Echo & The Bunnymen
The Sound
The Waterboys
World Party
Ultravox
Rush
Genesis
Manfred Mann
Tangerine Dream
King Crimson
Jethro Tull
The Cure
Siouxie & The Banshees
David Bowie
Van Morrison
Marillion
Pink Floyd
Camel
Caravan - just a snippet
Mike Oldfield
Lionel Richie
The Commodores
Icehouse
RHCP
INXS
Supertramp
Yes
Martha & The Muffins
The Church
Kate Bush!
Joan Armatrading
Michael Jackson - yes him

how long is a piece of string? The 80's were alive and kicking with plenty prog acts in continuance and so many new bands on the scene
In the list I think only Marillion started in the 80s and as neo-prog, inspired by 70s. Almost all were already active in the 70s and some in the 60s. 
Of course not all the decade was rubbish, but compared to any other period I think it has been globally the poorest in the last 70 years.


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Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 01:28
It's funny as a teen in the eighties I was mostly listening to YES, GENESIS, RUSH, King Crimson with maybe a bit of the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and ELP thrown in. In other words the same bands that first got most of you into this mess. I didn't discover or hear about Gentle Giant and Marillion until towards the end of the eighties and as for Marillion didn't actually hear them until around 1991 or so. Wink As for eighties music in general I still have a soft spot for it since I still listened to the radio and still paid attention to what was popular(to some degree anyway).

For the most part I'd say a lot of eighties music was fun(and yes that includes Genesis). You can't take it all too seriously. It was all about flash and being stylish and "fitting in." Prog wasn't allowed to fit in because it wasn't cool. It wasn't hip. It needed the help of the internet to sneak its way back into the music scene. A lot of 80's music admittedly hasn't worn so well with time. I've heard people call a lot of it "cheesy" among other not too complimentary terms. And you know what? A lot of it was cheesy but maybe that was part of the fun. Some of those songs could only have been made in the eighties and maybe that's a good thing. So yes I do like 80's music(in moderation anyway)if for no other reason that for nostalgia purposes.


Posted By: Chris S
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 02:59
Originally posted by octopus-4 octopus-4 wrote:

Originally posted by Chris S Chris S wrote:

More to life than just prog!

XTC
Television
Talking Heads
Talk Talk
Simple Minds
Echo & The Bunnymen
The Sound
The Waterboys
World Party
Ultravox
Rush
Genesis
Manfred Mann
Tangerine Dream
King Crimson
Jethro Tull
The Cure
Siouxie & The Banshees
David Bowie
Van Morrison
Marillion
Pink Floyd
Camel
Caravan - just a snippet
Mike Oldfield
Lionel Richie
The Commodores
Icehouse
RHCP
INXS
Supertramp
Yes
Martha & The Muffins
The Church
Kate Bush!
Joan Armatrading
Michael Jackson - yes him

how long is a piece of string? The 80's were alive and kicking with plenty prog acts in continuance and so many new bands on the scene
In the list I think only Marillion started in the 80s and as neo-prog, inspired by 70s. Almost all were already active in the 70s and some in the 60s. 
Of course not all the decade was rubbish, but compared to any other period I think it has been globally the poorest in the last 70 years.

Relevance? 80's were the 80's regardless of whether bands started there or notApprove The material was great too...Oh forgot Springsteen, Prince etc etc

In fact even now in 2013 the music being created is incredible, you know the good stuff Bon Iver,Fleet Foxes, Flaming Lips etc......I think we are really lucky to have been around when technology afforded so much creativity. Long may it continue. Sure most of it isn't prog anymore unless you say it is on bandcampLOL but prog aint the B all and end all in terms of newer material


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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 03:26
Prog bands (those listed) did their worst in the 80s (apart some relevant exceptions like, IMO, 90125 and the Pink Floyd releases. For Tangerine Dream the 80s are represented by a number of non-essential soundtracks, Bowie did some good pop music and Kate Bush did excellent things....but I still hate the 80s and the standardized Yamaha DX7/Fairlight sounds.

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Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 03:54
Yes I do like 80s music. Just not the mainstream pop crap that was produced except for MJ

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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 03:59
No vote. Many of the 70's prog dinosaurs fell into decline and the devastating effect of the punk/new wave and the beat of new electronic instruments was palpable.

But even these years had some excellent output. So I won't say yes or no, even though I prefer the 70's and the recent years.

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Posted By: PabstRibbon
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 05:02
There's a lot of amazing records from the 80's. Even if it's my least favourite period for music, I really love what happened there. Bands like Iron Maiden and FAtes Warning made amazing records and they were very different from anything else. IQ is one of my favourite band that's not from the 70's so it says something. Old school band like King Crimson did amazing things in this decade. Must not forget Talking Heads and XTC, which are 2 amazing bands. Sure, there is a lot of crap music but every decade got their share of crap so just don't overlook these amazing records just because of the bad reputation of the 80's.


Posted By: dedokras
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 05:07
What's not to like about the 80's?

Greatest band in the world - Cardiacs

plus

The Smiths
Killing Joke
Faith No More
Rush
Peter Gabriel
Genesis
XTC
The Stranglers
Iron Maiden
Metallica
Marillion
Duran Duran
Depeche Mode


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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 07:46
I like British neo prog from the 1980's, plus some other stuff like Allan Holdsworth, who did most of his best SynthAxe albums in the 1980's.
I also like some albums like Yes' 90125, the Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe album, the Genesis albums in that decade and the Asia album.
Plus on my car radio, if there are some good hits from Tears For Fears, Howard Jonges, Nik Kershaw, Simple Minds, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees etc etc I won't turn it to another station.


Posted By: Roland113
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 08:06
I grew up in the 80's so yeah, I love the music.  As a side note, Invisible Touch was probably one of the most important albums (along with the associated videos) in my life time. 
 
I pretty much picked my fashion sense from the videos from that album combined with Miami Vice.  I can still be found with a blazer most days.

There was a lot of other great stuff in the 80's as well.  Some of my favorites include:  Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Howard Jones, Rush, Love and Rockets, Jean-Michel Jarre, Gabriel and a whole bunch of other one or two hit wonders.  Viva la Octadeca


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Posted By: dr prog
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 15:25
I like some rock music up to 83 or 84. Prog related stuff but none of that crappy dream theatre or marillion. Split enz were cool for their time

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All I like is prog related bands beginning late 60's/early 70's. Their music from 1968 - 83 has the composition and sound which will never be beaten. Perfect blend of jazz, classical, folk and rock.


Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 16:08
Some of my favorite albums of all-time came from the '80s.

Rush - Moving Pictures, Grace Under Pressure
Iron Maiden - Killers thru Seventh Son
Queensryche - Rage For Order & O:MC
Black Sabbath - H&H, Mob Rules
Metallica - MOP, Justice
Helloween - Keeper pt.1
AC/DC - BIB





Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 16:26
Originally posted by dr prog dr prog wrote:

I like some rock music up to 83 or 84. Prog related stuff but none of that crappy dream theatre or marillion. Split enz were cool for their time

Most people have no idea based on their 80's output but Split Enz first album was actually a wonderful prog album from '75 called "Mental Notes".  I love playing it for people and asking them to guess who it is...you can easily recognize the voice of Timothy Finn but put in a prog environment no one has guessed it was Split Enz yet Wink 


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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 17:00
Despite protestations to the contrary, I believe we all know what the OP  means by "80s Music" -- Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Toledo, all that Johnny Hates Jazz stuff.  And my answer is "Yes", I like it.  

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Posted By: Michael678
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 17:10
i initially chose yes, but in all honesty, idrk. I mean, i like several bands and songs from this period, but it put all the damn prog aside like it means nothing to them anything. That a shame indeed...

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Posted By: verslibre
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 19:03
Originally posted by octopus-4 octopus-4 wrote:


Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

In spite of the "80s stigma" (due mostly to lots of crappy/silly new romantic & hair metal bands, though there's always a grey area), that decade had/has tons of great music, especially when it comes to progressive-electronic.

Do you mean the tons of movie soundtracks released by Tangerine Dream? Neither far comparable to their pink period, IMO.


It was a different era for the band. If you're a fan of Johannes Schmoelling, chances are the '80-'85 albums are likely your favorite. I do like their film scores from that period, especially Thief, Wavelength, The Keep, Firestarter and Heartbreakers, but they recorded, IMO, some of their best music, to be found on albums like Tangram, Exit, Logos, White Eagle, Poland and Le Parc.

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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: November 18 2013 at 21:29
There are things I like and don't like of the 80's. It might have been a time in which prog (my favourite musical genre) got in a lot of trouble and had to reorganize itself, and indeed it was the end for prog as it was known in the 70's. But we already had the 70's, so it's good that something new came. I still don't know so much prog from the 80's, but there's some good stuff. Also, there was a lot of pop wich I find really good and enjoyable (and also some pop which I really don't like so much). And there's metal and hard rock, which also had some really important releases during this decade (and which I don't know so well yet either). So, in the end, I guess I can say that I do like music in the 80's.


Posted By: lazygecko
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 11:56
I am interested in seeing people list 80's jazz fusion that retains the more daring and complex elements from the 70's. I see a lot of parallels in the history of fusion with that of prog rock. By the 80's many of the big acts either faded off or switched to a much more pop-accessible smooth jazz style. I actually really like a lot of it from the 80's, especially Paul Hardcastle's mixture of jazz solos and harmonies with electronic dance at the time. But still I lament the loss of the more proggy elements.

The only one I can think off is Jean Luc Ponty.


Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 13:32
Can't believe Chris S mentioned Martha & the Muffins.  I thought I was the only one left on Earth who has all their albums.  Total dance music but they were fun.  Come to think of it that encompasses a whole lot of 80s music.
 
Good music from the 80s:
- R.E.M.
- the Police
- Sonic Youth
- X
- Joe Jackson
- Concrete Blonde
- Nick Lowe / Rockpile
 
 
Awful music from the 80s (not an exhaustive list by any means):
- Feargal Sharkey
- Kajagoogoo
- Chris DeBurgh
- Soft Cell, OMD, Ultravox, Spandau Ballet - really synthpop in general
- Huey Lewis & the News
- Altered Images (Clare Grogan was adorable but especially when she wasn't singing)
 
I think the 80s get a bad rap for MTV and for the crass pop-culture commercialism that helped force progressive and other good music into the shadows for so many years.  But there were some decent bands and artists that managed to thrive anyway. 
 
Somewhere in my old photo albums there's a picture of me and some friends in my first apartment.  On the wall are posters of CSN&Y, Boy George, and a movie poster for The Wall.  And you can see a copy of Greg Kihn on the turntable, which is sitting on a crate filled with cassettes.  That pretty much describes the 80s for me...
 


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Posted By: akamaisondufromage
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 13:52
'Goth' stuff. Cocteaus, Bauhaus, DCD, there was plenty of interest in the 80s (certainly the 1stt half) but like just about all decades the good stuff rarely reared its ugly head in the charts or on daytime radio.
 
^ I very much liked Altered Images at the time.  THey started life a Post Punk Pop band. Championed by John Peel and the first album was produced by Steve Severin (Banshee). Happy Birthday aint that bad really.  But they got Record Companied and lost the interesting.


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Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 15:35
Originally posted by akamaisondufromage akamaisondufromage wrote:

'Goth' stuff. Cocteaus, Bauhaus, DCD, there was plenty of interest in the 80s (certainly the 1stt half) but like just about all decades the good stuff rarely reared its ugly head in the charts or on daytime radio.
 
^ I very much liked Altered Images at the time.  THey started life a Post Punk Pop band. Championed by John Peel and the first album was produced by Steve Severin (Banshee). Happy Birthday aint that bad really.  But they got Record Companied and lost the interesting.
 
Yeah I thought about Bauhaus too.  Those guys were constantly on the radio station at my university, but frankly I got a little tired of them because they were overplayed.
 
Altered Images was an okay band, I did like "Happy Birthday" and their version of "Song Sung Blue".  But like you said they got sucked into the 80s A&R bulls**t and I pretty much lost interest.
 
Fetchin' Bones is another one I just thought of, and also Green on Red, Bo-Deans and Jason & the Scorchers.  All of them blended blues rock, a little post-punk and a little country.  The Scorchers versions of "Lost Highway" and "19th Nervous Breakdown" were awesome!
 


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Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 21:48
If 80s music means just any bands/albums from the 80s, there's plenty that I like.  King Crimson, Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Donald Fagen, Prefab Sprout, Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden (at least, before they got dense), Peter Gabriel, Marillion, Rush, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Police, so on and so forth.  Not relevant from a Western music point of view, but 80s was the most prolific phase of my all time favourite composer Ilayaraja so there's no way I cannot like the 80s.  But if by 80s is meant stuff like Power of Love/Still Loving You/Careless Whisper, no, I don't like that kind of music AT ALL. By the end of the 80s, the influence of R&B/jazz on pop music seems to have diminished and replaced by a general, formulaic 'power' sound which I don't really like - the one you hear on My Haaarth weel go wonnn, for instance.


Posted By: stonebeard
Date Posted: November 22 2013 at 22:01
Just because apparently no one here like 80s pop music I thought I'd say I like it more than 60s and 70s pop. All decades have their cringeworthy stuff, though. And prog music in the 70s was just plain goofy. Good musicianship, sure, but the lyrics and pomp and costumes was pretty laughable. I challenge anyone to say the 80s were any more embarrassing than that.


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Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 00:43
^^^ I'd much rather Stevie Wonder than any pop artist of the 80s.  And I don't find anything laughable about either the lyrics or the costumes of Pink Floyd so I disagree on both counts.  I do agree that there was some bad pop in the 70s too and some of 70s prog, even the classics, did have,er, strange lyrics and all that.  But at least 70s pop tended to be tolerably boring, well, at least until mid 70s anyway when they began to favour robotic drums.  I cannot say that robotic sounding drums of 80s are objectively bad but I certainly don't like them.  If I like a song with those sort of drums, it is generally in spite of and not because of them.  Script for a Jester's Tears would probably sound a bit more fluid without Pointer's stiff performance.  


Posted By: Metalmarsh89
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 01:50
Originally posted by stonebeard stonebeard wrote:

Just because apparently no one here like 80s pop music I thought I'd say I like it more than 60s and 70s pop. All decades have their cringeworthy stuff, though. And prog music in the 70s was just plain goofy. Good musicianship, sure, but the lyrics and pomp and costumes was pretty laughable. I challenge anyone to say the 80s were any more embarrassing than that.


So you're saying this...



...Is more laughable and ridiculous than this...



...I disagree.


Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 08:40
Originally posted by Metalmarsh89 Metalmarsh89 wrote:

Originally posted by stonebeard stonebeard wrote:

Just because apparently no one here like 80s pop music I thought I'd say I like it more than 60s and 70s pop. All decades have their cringeworthy stuff, though. And prog music in the 70s was just plain goofy. Good musicianship, sure, but the lyrics and pomp and costumes was pretty laughable. I challenge anyone to say the 80s were any more embarrassing than that.


So you're saying this...



...Is more laughable and ridiculous than this...



...I disagree.
 
Because this.


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Posted By: lazygecko
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 09:07
I think music should be fun. The 80's was plenty of fun. The whole image/performance factor is pretty much a non-factor for me which I don't care about, but I think it does bleed over into the musicians' attitude towards the music. I liked the whole ridiculous glam metal stuff, and I think it only went bad once the labels consolidated it completely around power ballads. The whole grunge/altrock movement in the 90's that seemed to rise as a response to that pretty much sounded as dull and boring as they presented themselves.


Posted By: proggman
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 12:10
But the 80's wasn't so fun because prog wasn't popular.


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Posted By: Earthmover
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 12:22
Originally posted by proggman proggman wrote:

But the 80's wasn't so fun because prog wasn't popular.
well there's plenty of other great music you know


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Posted By: proggman
Date Posted: November 23 2013 at 12:29
I've tried, but I just didn't like it.

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Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: November 25 2013 at 17:26
best era for :
- thrash metal
- NWOBHM
- AOR
- gothic rock
- synth-pop
- neo-prog
- indus-rock
 
and I am probably misssing others...


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Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: November 25 2013 at 18:31
You people leave Soft Cell alone.

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Posted By: geekfreak
Date Posted: December 25 2013 at 15:55
some of the bands from the `80`s where. great others crap.

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Posted By: progvincent
Date Posted: December 29 2013 at 10:50
I'm absolutely in love with 80's music, mainly because of the many talented guitar players, singers, as well as keyboard players. I can't help but love the synth sounds the hair metal bands used. You've got some rotten eggs in there, but seriously, there was a massive amount of talent in there too!


Posted By: Stool Man
Date Posted: December 29 2013 at 11:00
Generally 80s music is bad, but some of it is great.  Yesterday I listened to some old Street Sounds Electro compilation LPs, I used to collect those back in the day.

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Posted By: AreYouHuman
Date Posted: October 03 2014 at 23:34
Many ’70s prog bands and artists broke up or otherwise changed drastically in the ’80s, but there were plenty of exceptions, which I continued to follow: Camel, Yes, Mike Oldfield, Anthony Phillips, Steve Hackett, Todd Rundgren, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest, Moody Blues, a returning King Crimson. Some I continued to follow with less enthusiasm, like Genesis (Man on the Corner was the first of theirs I actively disliked). And there were some that began in the ’70s that took a while for me to discover: the Enid, Saga, Sky, Dixie Dregs. And of course there were the “neo-progs” like Marillion and IQ.

There were a lot of older albums by these and others that I was just discovering; but further into the decade, I discovered quite a few artists considered “alternative” that appealed to me and helped to fill a new-music void: U2, Ultravox, Tears for Fears, Midnight Oil, Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Durutti Column, Thomas Dolby, Pretenders, Squeeze, Wall of Voodoo, XTC, 10,000 Maniacs, Big Country, Love and Rockets, The Smiths, Joe Jackson, Talking Heads, The Police, Split Enz, R.E.M., Dream Academy, and on and on.

I also got into so-called New Age and Electronic: Vangelis, Ashra, Klaus Schulze, Michael Stearns, Kitaro, Harold Budd, Gurumander; Windham Hill artists like Mark Isham, George Winston, Michael Hedges, William Ackerman, Liz Story.

So to sum up: you’d better believe there was a lot of great music in that decade, and IMO trying to compartmentalize great music as being exclusive to one particular era or decade, or to say that all or most music from one era or decade is crap, shows helplessness and an inability for deeper understanding.

And BTW, hair metal bands were a total non-issue for me.

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Posted By: Rick Robson
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 04:48
Originally posted by AreYouHuman AreYouHuman wrote:


There were a lot of older albums by these and others that I was just discovering; but further into the decade, I discovered quite a few artists considered “alternative” that appealed to me and helped to fill a new-music void: U2, Ultravox, Tears for Fears, Midnight Oil, Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Durutti Column, Thomas Dolby, Pretenders, Squeeze, Wall of Voodoo, XTC, 10,000 Maniacs, Big Country, Love and Rockets, The Smiths, Joe Jackson, Talking Heads, The Police, Split Enz, R.E.M., Dream Academy, and on and on.
 
I change this whole stuff by Simple Minds.


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Posted By: Icarium
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 05:00
RUN-DMC and what followed after that is probably the greatest revolution in music expression ( and of art, danxing and audio development, im a big fan of street art, thanks to hip-hops huge part of creating it.

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Posted By: Kati
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 06:26
I voted no I am sorry

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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 07:21
Originally posted by Icarium Icarium wrote:

   im a big fan of street art, thanks to hip-hops huge part of creating it.
hey !! I used to have a train-line 'tag' in fancy writing............
........even did some 'pieces' back in the day............


Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 08:05
Every decade has its awful music and every decade produces something of value if you are prepared to look. 

[But then music is not delineated on neat 10-year intervals - it did not all change at 00:00:01 on the 1st January 1980 as the new decade dawned and it did not come to a graceful end at 23:59:59 on the 31st December 1989.]

Sure the 80s produce some dross, but so did the 60s and the 70s, and every other decade since. If oyu were never going to like The Bay City Rollers then you weren't going to like Culture Club or Banarama, just as you ain't going to like The Pussy Cat Dolls or Boyzone, or whatever is flavour of the month this week.

Some good stuff came out in the 80s, some good stuff survived through it, some good stuff came out of it and some good stuff was produced that was never heard of again.

Talk Talk began as synth pop but no one could have predicted they would come up with Colour of Spring or Spirit of Eden after hearing Today or It's My Life on Top Of The Pops.

Here's a few more: A Certain Ratio, All About Eve, Alien Sex Fiend, Altered Images, The Associates, Toni Basil, Bauhaus, The Books, The Birthday Party, Cowboys International, Chrome, Anne Clark, Classix Nouveaux, Comsat Angels, Cocteau Twins, Dali's Car, Dead Can Dance, The Dream Academy, The Europeans, The Explorers, Fad Gadget, The Fixx, Fields of the Nephilim, John Foxx, Gentlemen without Weapons, Girls At Our Best!, Nina Hagen, Head Of David, The Icicleworks, The Immaculate Fools, The JAMM's/Timelords/KLF/K-Foundation, Killing Joke, Kissing the Pink, Annabel Lamb, Magazine, The March Violets, The Monochrome Set, The Lover Speaks, Love and Rockets, Modern Man, Modern English, The Mission, New Model Army, The Passage, Peter and The Testtube Babies, Penetration, The Pop Group, Pop Will Eat Itself, Public Image Limited, The Punishment of Luxury, Random Hold, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, The Slits, Slow Children, The Sound, Spliff, The Teardrop Explodes, Tuxedomoon, Virgin Dance, Virgin Prunes, Victorian Parents, Wire, The Wonder Stuff, Xmal Deutschland, The Clan of Zymox, etc, etc, etc.


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Posted By: SteveG
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 08:17
A loaded qestion for this WS. I liked eighties music for everything except progressive music as only Rush and Soltice caught my fancy. But many New Wave or New Romantics, or whatever they were called, I did actually enjoy. Strangely, 80's metal did not float my boat either but to many it was a time of metal bliss.

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Posted By: Icarium
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 10:52
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Originally posted by Icarium Icarium wrote:

   im a big fan of street art, thanks to hip-hops huge part of creating it.
hey !! I used to have a train-line 'tag' in fancy writing............
........even did some 'pieces' back in the day............
thatas info you uaualy tell 40 years after as secrecy is important in piece making, its very uncool to tell anyone, whos real name is behind the signature.

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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 10:56
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

A loaded qestion for this WS. I liked eighties music for everything except progressive music as only Rush and Soltice caught my fancy. But many New Wave or New Romantics, or whatever they were called, I did actually enjoy. Strangely, 80's metal did not float my boat either but to many it was a time of metal bliss.
T'was a time of metal bliss.


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: October 04 2014 at 18:15
Originally posted by Icarium Icarium wrote:

Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Originally posted by Icarium Icarium wrote:

   im a big fan of street art, thanks to hip-hops huge part of creating it.
hey !! I used to have a train-line 'tag' in fancy writing............
........even did some 'pieces' back in the day............
thatas info you uaualy tell 40 years after as secrecy is important in piece making, its very uncool to tell anyone, whos real name is behind the signature.
I think around 25 years after is fine, it's all long gone now. Nothing exists.
Did love RUN DMC and BEASTIE BOYS back then......


Posted By: stonebeard
Date Posted: October 05 2014 at 01:32
I have a special affinity for 80s hair metal, arena rock, and pop music. It's possibly the only decade I can say I usually enjoy the strictly labeled "pop" music of the time. Must be the self-conscious plastic-y quality of it all. My 300+ song spotify playlist for the 80s is evidence enough of this weird fascination.

Also I just like synths.


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Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: October 05 2014 at 05:59
Not all 80s metal was hair metal. In my list I only gave one metal band (Head of David) but the 80s was the birth of all extreme metal. Napalm Death, Voivod, Cathedral, Metallica, Megadeth, Venom, Savatage, Dream Theater, Mayhem and Celtic Frost were all active in the 80s.



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Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: October 05 2014 at 06:32
It's actually a bit tough to like metal music and not like any 80s metal whatsoever because that decade defined much of metal as we know it now.  


Posted By: Icarium
Date Posted: October 05 2014 at 08:25
you forgett Panthera ^ :D i actualy had a season where i heard all 4 Panthera glam-metal era.

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Posted By: stonebeard
Date Posted: October 05 2014 at 18:23
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Not all 80s metal was hair metal. In my list I only gave one metal band (Head of David) but the 80s was the birth of all extreme metal. Napalm Death, Voivod, Cathedral, Metallica, Megadeth, Venom, Savatage, Dream Theater, Mayhem and Celtic Frost were all active in the 80s.



Oh I like a lot of the more respectable metal too. And since metal implies a harder edge, I've never really thought of most hair metal as "metal" but common terminology and all.


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Posted By: Intruder
Date Posted: October 09 2014 at 13:39
In the '80s, you could still pick up excellent seats at a concert for $10-$15.....and you could still see Frank Zappa. live, so, yeah, I loved the 1980s

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Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: October 09 2014 at 13:54
Golden age for the more traditional metal subgenres would extend to the mid/late 1970s and not just the 1980s. The more extreme styles arguably didn't really take off until the 1990s. I'm obviously just playing devil's advocate here, but people mostly into newer black/death metal tend to kind of "read the genre's history backwards" if you know what I mean.


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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: October 18 2014 at 18:58
Some of my favourite 80's music ......
Bi Kyo Ran
Holger Czukay
Eloy
Buggles
King Crimson
Peter Hammill
Hawkwind
Stewart / Gaskin
IQ
Iron Maiden
Jefferson Starship
Mother Gong
Tangerine Dream
Utopia




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