The 80’s was not my favorite decade of music but there were some great bands and musical genres. The Police, The Clash, The Cars, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Public Enemy, Rush, the Pretenders, , The Eurythmics and Annie Lennox, Prince, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, N.W. A., Dead Kennedy’s, The Cure, Modern English, Simple Minds, B52s, Depeche Mode, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Motley Crew, Stevie Ray Vaughn (who deserves a post of his own some day), and other bands created great music in the 80’s. Well maybe not great music but music that makes me sentimental for my college years anyway. The genres popular in the movies ranged from punk, early techno (new wave), psychedelic funk, ska, heavy metal, hair metal bands to early Rap. I got the idea of doing a music post on the 80’s because I watched the begining of “Purple Rain” and forgot what a great performer Prince was. Unfortunately Prince blocks his songs on YouTube and DailyMotion because I wanted to start off with a video from him but I’m sure you will remember most of these songs.
The Police and Sting’s later solo work was probably my favorite from the 80’s.
One of my favorite songs of all time “Melt with You”.
Pour some sugar on me in the name of love.
I played the hell out of The Pretenders album with this song.
Some of my favorites where the rock ballads like “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
The oldest old school Grand Master Flash “Rappers Delight” a must listen.
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By far the biggest star of the 80’s was Micheal Jackson who displayed his amazing talents on perhaps the biggest album of all time. Rest in peace Micheal. This is my personal favorite from the album.
My entries will be pretty singular in focus – but all 80’s!
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Israel (Live, 1983 – w/ The Cure’s Robert Smith on Guitar)
Bauhaus – She’s in Parties (1983)
Sisters of Mercy – Walk Away (1984)
Skeletal Family – Promised Land (1985)
Xmal Deutschland – Matador (1986)
Clan of Xymox – Medusa (1986)
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Well I’m gonna call it an early night. Take it easy folks.
Don’t try to rule the world too much without me.
Night, K. Have a good rest.
Conservatives and teabaggers worst fear. Fear of a Black Planet.
Dedicated to Diane Feinstein from the Dead Kennedy’s.
Another one “kill kill kill kill, kill the poor”. You’ve got to love anarchist angst.
Still love these guys, too –
The Clash and ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go –
And I am so hoping for a Super Bowl when AC/DC can rock it out, since most sporting events play their music –
Awesome. I played the hell out of “London Calling” and “Back in Black”.
We still play the hell out of AC/DC and luckily, one of our neighbors does, too!
We can always tell when he’s working in his garage, because AC/DC vibrates our house!!!
Oh, and another thing, those neighbors are our only Democrat/Liberal neighbors but are in the closet, so to speak.
We love partying with them.
I still play both albums too.
Usually on my mp3 player to keep good neighbors though.
Another unforgivable omission. The Thompson Twins.
Not sure this is the 80’s, and I’m not a fan of Selena, but I do love this song, (hope it’s the right one, since I can’t play it with dial-up)
I did like Selena and this is a great song.
Who can forget The Tubes ! (almost 70’s)
I love The Tubes – posted ‘Talk To You Later’ below – and saw them in concert, and it was theater and excellent.
I’ve never seen a concert like that before or since!
HEY! I almost posted this last week. Great pick!!!
What about, “White Punks on Dope”?
This one was revolutionary for me
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now ( Live version 1986)
Absolutely love this song.
Now that was a terrible omission on my part but that’s what you folks are for anyway. The Pixies were great too.
It’s like one of those soundtrack of my life. Very autobiographical.
“I am the son I am the heir. Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar…”
Here’s more hair for you, Patsy!
Duran Duran – Rio
I always think of this as the definitive 80s video. I mean, who wears a suit to go sailing?
Love that Hair !
Has anyone put these guys up yet?
More Great Hair!
Love the Cure! Love that song! Love that performance! And especially love that hair!
Best hair styles of all time though.
I remember that those mirrors freaked me out !
I had outfits like that …….
Gary Newman – Cars
I don’t know whether it’s the music or the videos that make the 80s so memorable.
The BIG question is . . . .
What did your hair look like in the 80’s ? ? ?
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Love the hair dos
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES !!!!!
IGGY POP made great stuff in the 80’s