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    In Truth, The 80's Were Not Entirely Horrible...

    Through the mere accident of birth, I've been fortunate (OK, unfortunate) enough to straddle several decade's worth of mediocrity. Yet on rare occasion, some decent stuff would rise to the surface amongst a load of chaff and mung.

    Considering the oft maligned period known commonly as the eighties, rather than offering dated hairstyles and somewhat dubious fashion choices, I offer you these examples of musical decency, integrity, brilliance and non-ineptitude...

    Split Enz - "I Got You" (3:30)


    Squeeze - "Tempted" (4:02)


    XTC-"Dear God" (3:42)
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    Psychedelic Furs "Heaven" (4:10)


    "Girl in Trouble" by Romeo Void (4:24)


    The Motels - Only the Lonely (3:02)
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    Uhhh...PLAY LOUD!
    The Icicle Works-"Understanding Jane" (3:16)


    Bananarama - "Robert De Niro´s Waiting" (3:42)


    Spandau Ballet "True" (5:17)
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    'Til Tuesday-"Coming Up Close" (4:43)


    Suzanne Vega ~ "Luka" (3:48)


    Paul McCartney ~ "So Bad" (3:54)
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    I guess we have different definitions of "musical decency, integrity, brilliance and non-ineptitude" because in my opinion those are some the worst examples of what came out of the 80's.

    Nearly everything you posted is completely forgettable and served no purpose back then other than clogging up valuable MTV time as I sat around waiting for Jump, Panama, or Hot For Teacher.


    Just my humble opinion, of course.
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    VH with Wolf/Dave ('12-'15) - Amazing comeback. Smokin' album and tours.

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    Yep, the eighties, especially the early eighties were a time of massive unemployment, constant threat of the cold war getting a bit hot and some of the most atrocious music and fashion trends known to man. A time when everyone was convinced we would all become computers, everybody attempted to either breakdance or twitch on the dance floor like a robot and the most important item of clothing was hair gel.

    The eighties. I fucking loved it.
    A man could lose himself in a country like this.

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    Here are some albums from the 80's that I highly recommend:

    The Cult: Love
    The Dukes of the Stratosphear: 25 O'Clock
    Love and Rockets: Earth, Sun, Moon
    Metallica: Master of Puppets
    Steve Vai: Flex/Able

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I guess we have different definitions of "musical decency, integrity, brilliance and non-ineptitude" because in my opinion those are some the worst examples of what came out of the 80's.

    Nearly everything you posted is completely forgettable and served no purpose back then other than clogging up valuable MTV time as I sat around waiting for Jump, Panama, or Hot For Teacher.


    Just my humble opinion, of course.
    Uh-huh...and outside of three tired Van Halen cuts, you could not come up with much else to prove your point, eh? Gee...thanks for the stellar effort.
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    Vinnie Vincent Invasion ~ "Boyz Are Gonna Rock"


    Steelheart ~ "I'll Never Let You Go"


    Kix ~ "Cold Blood"







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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Uh-huh...and outside of three tired Van Halen cuts, you could not come up with much else to prove your point, eh? Gee...thanks for the stellar effort.

    The "tired" Van Halen cuts (which weren't exactly "tired" in 1984) really have nothing to do with anything.

    Hey, what can I say? A couple of them made their mark but overall I thought it was a list of very forgettable songs. It's just my opinion but next time I post I'll try to give a more stellar effort for you.


    Now Bullwinkles post of Steelheart? That's a gem that gets forgotten about.
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    VH with Sam ('86-'96) - Incredible era....."We have renamed this town 'New Halen!'.
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    VH with Wolf/Dave ('12-'15) - Amazing comeback. Smokin' album and tours.

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    People may have poor opinions of the eighties, but some of the 50's shit I've heard is the worst bunch of crap you'll find. There is no era that isn't polluted with shitty bands, artists and forgettable albums and singles. People mostly like to pick on the eighties cause of the fashion trends and bastardized bands, but again, you won't find an era free of it, the 80's were just excessive (in a lot of different ways!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ain't Talkin' Bout' Love View Post
    People may have poor opinions of the eighties, but some of the 50's shit I've heard is the worst bunch of crap you'll find. There is no era that isn't polluted with shitty bands, artists and forgettable albums and singles.
    true enough. But there was something absolutely magical about the 60's and 70's regarding Rock 'n Roll music. Sounds we had never heard before.
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    For better or for worse, the 80s were good times. Yes, the music that actually came out during the era was hit or miss at best, but it was also the last era that still had an abundance of radio stations that played AOR. Stations that played the 'deeper cuts' off of albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The 80s seem to be that last stand of that, at least being in WPB at the time.

    Concerts? Man, whether you are for Dave or Sam, VH toured with both. Boston, Aerosmith, Maiden, Preist, Styx, Leppard, etc, ad nauseum, and never over $15, including all the fees. Yep, those were the days...
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    Chef. Brother, I agree with you that the 80s weren't as bad as people say, but Spandau Ballet (sp?)? UG.

    At least throw in some Abacab (yeah that's right, Genesis was still good with the final 3) or something.

    In total though, I agree with you. I think the remnance of hair bands will always taint the 80s (although I'm not a huge fan of the gendre, it's kind of hard to argue that it is\was insignificant when you look at some of the local concert venues and how their ticket sales go for some of the hair band reunion dates - shocking how well some of these sell).

    And yes, my wife and some friends made me go see Poison on one of these reunion shows. I had to go for the booze and to see if those chicks that were hot in the 80s with their spandex on were still trying to pull that off. Some were (unfortunately). However, I don't think they'd want to see me walking around in short-short gym shorts any more either.

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    I'm glad I made it through the 80's - the last decent decade that I know of. Some of the tunes were disposable yes, but it wouldn't have been the 80's without them.

    Thanks for the tune clips Chef. I had forgotten a lot of those til I saw them again.
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