Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The 80’s…Music’s Best Decade!

80s Vibe

During the last decade, most of you will remember when both digital (computer-related) and non-digital documentation and data storage situations (which resulted from the practice of abbreviating a four-digit year to two digits) ceased to crash at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, 1999, because of The Year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem, the Millennium bug, the Y2K bug, or simply Y2K). The world nonetheless ushered in a new millennium. Yes, around the world and in different time zones, people were dancing to the beat of Cher’s Believe (Xenomania Mix) which was sitting atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Yes, a song filled with all the 80s elements; for music was transformed by digital technology in the 1980s, in ways that are still reverberating today. Do you remember the compact disc (CD) promised 'perfect sound forever', and led to later formats such as DVD and Blu-Ray?                                                                                                            
Yet, even today with all the 21st century sounds and gadgets the world is seemingly still craving for a decade of excess (in Pop Culture) that went twenty years earlier. Fashion Designers brought back the 80’s to life in their beautifully bright and bold colors on the runways; with shoulder pads, big hair and more accessories. So too were the music producers, bringing back synthesizer/synths music technology to new music. Singers were even sampling music from the 80's with new mixes. 
Do you remember: 
I. Kanye West's Good Life that he sampled from Michael Jackson's PYT (Pretty Young Thing).
II. Flo Rida's Right Round which was his take from Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round 
III. Diddy's I'll Be Missing You which was a sample from The Police's Every Breath You Take 

Wens albums…My Guilty Pleasure!!
So because I love everything 80’s, I thought it might be fun to list perhaps 10-15 albums (my favourites), that I used to listen to (on Vinyl) while growing up. So here are the rules: Don't take too long to analyze it. Think of 10-15 albums that are your faves and will always stick with you. List them quickly, in no more than 10-15 minutes in the comments box. Now send the post to the same amount of friends, whether 10/15 because I'm interested in seeing their selections. Try not to go over/under the numbers. Have FUN.. For better or worse, without judgment or explanation, the first ones that come to mind:
Madonna
80s Pop Queen
1. Prince & The Revolution–Purple Rain
2. U2–The Joshua Tree
3. The Cure–Disintegration
4. Pink Floyd–The Wall
5. Duran Duran–Rio
6. Depeche Mode–Music for the Masses
7. Pet Shop Boys–Please
8. Nirvana–Unplugged
9. David Bowie–Best of Bowie
10. Madonna–Madonna
11. Michael Jackson–Thriller
12. Def Leppard–Hysteria
13. Anita Baker–Rapture
14. R.E.M.–Murmur
15. Guns 'N' Roses–Appetite for Destruction
Note: Because my audience is wide and varied, your selections are not limited to music of the 80s.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

80's rock!

Bob Saget said...

Music's best decade? Uuuummmm....no, good, but not best.
The fashion was atrocious...

I don't have albums, I have artists/bands (Assuming Western/English non-classical music):

1. Anything Radiohead
2. Led Zepplin
3. Most of MJ
4. The Tea Party
5. The Doors
6. Marilyn Manson
7. Queen
8. Nine Inch Nails
9. Tool
10. Frank Sinatra
11. Nat King Cole
12. White Zombie
13. Felix LaBand
14. The Smashing Pumpkins
15. Rammstein

beedazzle said...

I hear you but I grew up on the music of my older brother and sister. I fell in love with the 70s and still respect that era. The 70's . . . . what a great decade for music and for music lovers too (though I was too young at the time). Some of the genres that really came into their own in the 1970's are Classic Rock, Disco, Southern Rock, Punk Rock, and the birth of Heavy Metal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlzlNpttvVM

Brutally Honest! said...

Love those selections Bob and Bedazzle what are your fave selections from the 70s...the ones that stayed with you?

browngirl said...

Wens girl I love all sorts of music...lemme see if I can whip up a list here for you :). This list does go in order of favouritism btw...

1.The Best of Anita Baker
2.Madonna-The Immaculate Collection
3.Gregory Isaacs- Night Nurse
4.Third Eye Blind
5.Matisyahu-Live at Stubb's
6 Drake-Thank me later
7.Biggie Smalls- Greatest Hits
8.Sarah Mclachlan- Mirrorball
9.Damian Marley-Welcome to Jammrock
10.Sade-Best of Sade

I could go on and on but you said 10!

Anonymous said...

Hi wen, I don’t know why I am having problem in posting comments, but here goes I grew up in the 70 and 80. however i tends to like the music of the 70. I am of this reason because the music of that period focus on the issues the people around the word was facing for example oppression, harsh working condition and suffering, it was also the period where people was becoming more conscious of their self in relation to awareness, sexuality, and colour ,race to mention a few. this is also the period of experimenting and it was reflected in the music. To say that i had any order of choice would be difficult as i love them all

Jillian said...

I'm a lover of all sorts... Thanks for the gentle reminder of a few memories almost forgotten.

Bob Saget said...

Actually that whole awareness thing was mainly in the 60's. The only thing awareness wise in the 70's was the effects of the copius amount of cocaine use and horrible disco music.
The awareness music was:
1. Rollin Stones
2. Bob Dylan
3. Beatles
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. CCR
6. Cream
7. Jefferson Airplane
8. Simon & Garfunkel
9. Animals
10.Supremes

just to name a few...
But then Trinidad probably got into the 60's a decade late...

and 80's rock really didn't exist...most people who claim to like 80's rock are often refering to bands like White Snake, who are considered low points in the history of rock n roll!
I will admit that Queen and a few others (Aerosmith, Van Halen, Slayer and bands mainly from early to mid 80's) was awesome!

Wens-Notebook said...

Hey guys is that a word fight I just read there with Mr Anonymous and Saget? Too funny! I didn't do my research on the 'fight' so I can't be the refree. Hahaha. Love some of your selection too Browngirl and Bob!! I just couldn't remember them all.

Serjio said...

Was never d 80's kinda guy but there are a few bands that stand out for me ...from then to now.

1. Bon Jovi
2. The Eagles
3. The Police
4. Player
5. Air Supply
6. Evanescence
7. Shinedown
8. Muse
9. Adele
10. Celine Dion

Ne said...

The 80's music was exceptional, I still listen to them!!