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80's...worst decade for rock?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by baba, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Another thread in basses and the recent high demand for 80s cover bands got me thinking....were the 80's the worst decade for rock? The 80's make me think of MTV, synths, hair metal, new wave, the downfall of western civilization, cats and dogs living together, etc. As a whole I believe it was the worst decade and always assumed that was the general perception of most others. Then again, given the recent 80's craze, perhaps it's my personal musical taste.

  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Hey!!! :mad:

    Synths are cool. :D
  3. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Synths are WAY cool. Hmm... cool bands working in the 80's:

    King Crimson
    Skinny Puppy
    Metallica (well, they were cool during the 80's at least)
    Eddie Brickell & the new Bohemians
    Fine Young Cannibals
    Michael Jackson (well, he was cool during the 80's at least)
    Peter Gabriel

    There's lots and lots and lots more, but those are a few that just sprang to mind. People during the 80's thought the 70's were the worst decade, and pretty soon people will start saying that the 90's were the worst. It's just a knee jerk reaction.
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
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    if you heard nothing good for an entire 10 year span.... you really didn't bother listening to much!

  5. Easy fellas. There is a lot of music I enjoy from the 80s. My question is whether it is the worst decade for rock as a whole.
  6. If that's what you read from my post, you really don't bother listening much!;)
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
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    Reeds at the coast... yeah we get lots of reed type plants here on the coast... why you ask?


    HEY! WHAT WAS THAT...!!!!

    *runs off to the other end of the internet*
  8. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    I wouldn't say it was the worst--maybe the least desireable so far. There was some cool music that came out in the 80's. As far I'm concerned, the current decade is shaping up real fast as the worst decade for rock--but we won't know for sure for another 6 years!!
  9. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Basstriaxis nailed it. Also - adding to his list, didn't Primus hit in the late 80's? Some good things happened in country music. Van Halen ruled the planet. I am a big Motley Crue fan. For all of the silliness that went with it, the L.A. glam scene produced some good music. Some of the one hit wonders were fun (I'm thinking of Twisted Sister even though they may have had two hits) Iron Maiden. When did Frank Zappa pass? Didn't Frank make some music in the 80's?

    Edit - RUSH!!
  10. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Sadly, I see a lot of truth in this.
  11. The 1590's were pretty bad for rock. I mean, can you name even one good band that came out of the 16th century?

  12. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Baroque counts a proto-prog rock.

    If you mean 80's pop culture, then it was pretty bad. But most pop culture sucked, no matter what the decade.

    80's rock?

    Black Flag
    The Jam
    Bad Brains
    Dinosaur Jr.
    My Bloody Valentine
    The Jesus and Mary Chain
  13. Point taken.

    Some bands I dig that STARTED (as far as I know) in the 80s:

    Dead Kennedys
    Chili Peppers
    Agent Orange
    Circle Jerks
    Black Flag
    Husker Du
    Thomas Dolby
    Peter Gabriel (did he start his solo career in the 80s?)
    Bad Brains

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Metallica are a great product of the 1980's.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    U2 another big band from the 1980's.
  16. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'd say the 90's we're much worse than the 80's.. I listened to more Jazz in the 90's than in the other 26 years of my life combined.
  17. Rod Harder

    Rod Harder Supporting Member

    What about:
    Concrete Blonde
    Sisters Of Mercy
    The Cure
    Living Colour
    Level 42
    Tears For Fears

    To name a just a few more.......
  18. Doh! Forgot Living Colour. Great band, I love Vernon Reid.
  19. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
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    good stuff! Spin Doctors, Phish, Blues Travelers, DMB all hit near the end of that decade too. Pete Gabriel was 76 or 77 going solo... but "So" was big time 80's!!!
  20. Did Aquarium Rescue Unit start up in the 80s? Damn, that band was killer. I saw them at the first Horde Festival/Tour around 90/91 with Spin Doctors, Phish, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler.