Ah, the 80’s. What a time to be alive!
1. Sooo much fun
Let’s just take the Falklands war, African famine and any political issues out of the equation for a second… The 80’s was like the gift that kept on giving in terms of music and vibrancy. You never felt the need to listen to anything from another era because something of someone new came along every few days. Compare that with today: what used to have rhythm, vocals, and flavor has become a monotonous and unintelligent sequence of synthesized noises.
Artists and bands are becoming marginalised by the technical advances in the uses of electronic melodies and genres such as EDM (Electronic Disco Music). If that’s your thing then great! But we can’t be friends.
2. Women showed us they absolutely rule
Nowadays, we know women are just as capable as men in the art of creating brilliant music. Back in the 80’s times were changing and quickly! Not to take anything away from the great female artists that preceded the decade, but this was the time that girl power really took over in a big way and changed peoples perceptions.
You’ve got Madonna, Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Salt-N-Pepa, Tina Turner, Annie Lenox, Alison Moyet, Bjork and of course the great Whitney Houston. Not to mention a gazillion others. How often do you see a woman pick up a guitar and solo in front of thousands of adoring fans now?. These days artists seems to show more flesh to compensate for a lack of musical talent.
3. Icons for all ages
As you’ve probably gathered, the 80’s was flush with big names and talent. These artists/bands were elevated to legendary celebrity status and they inspired millions of both young and old people. Look at Elton John, he reached out to fans of all ages. The magical man coughed up no less than 21 hits through the decade and had amazing longevity. There seems to be a lot fewer artists these days that appeals to a range of ages. In fact, everything seems to be aimed at the freakin’ pesky kids!
4. MTV didn’t suck
Nowadays kids watch MTV for ‘Ex on the Island’ or some such bullsh*t. Some of the programs on there make a mockery of what it originally started out to achieve; to show great music. The program began broadcasting in 1981 and took the world by storm like literally took over. It changed how we perceived music and finally provided a platform for great artists to market themselves across the world.
5. Music videos
Why does it seem like the more technically advanced we become, the sh*ttier we become at making original music videos. Look at MJ’s thriller, you can’t see many artists making something like that these days. Just a side not: That album went on to become the best selling worldwide of all time. Wow. Even your Beyonces and Drakes struggle for consistent global reach like that.
6. Black music finally had its time to shine
7. Music was on every journalist’s lips