If you thought the 80's was a big pile of suck, have you reconsidered anything?

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  1. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...was doing an '80s dive yesterday. If production is your thing, it's omnipresent.
    1st track from The Lexicon Of Love-
    (Be patient with the intro)

    Then I checked out some Thomas Dolby-

    ...told my wife they wrote a song about you.

    Then I found this nugget. Had no idea these guys were doing white boy Funk before they hit it big-

    There's also Naked Eyes, Haircut 100, Tears For Fears, Missing Persons, The Producers...all great sounding albums.
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  2. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015

    Have you always had bad taste in music, or is this a new affliction?
  3. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    Deon Estus
    Ross Valory
    Dave Taylor
  4. Acoop


    Feb 21, 2012
    Incredible tunes come from every decade and the 60's and the 70's have proven to have more of them than many of those other decades. ... The 80's was the first decade, since the 50's, to be completely stylized. ... Synth and drum machines pretty much ruled the sound. ... Some worked and lots did not. ... But the 80's were the dawn of digital recording, which is now the staple. ...
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I see it 180 degrees the opposite. The 80s were the last decade of FUN we ever had. Most musicians took themselves way too seriously before the 80s, and they certainly do now. Were the styles a little cheesy? Sure. But so were the 60s and 70s and 90s and 2000s, etc.
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  6. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    That's a HUGE hidden nugget. Estus' lines are awesome. I know I overlooked him big-time because of the genre, but learning his stuff is a lot of fun.
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  7. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    This is an extremely vast over generalization
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  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Back in the day, we played 3-4 tunes by Wham!.
    Fun for me (even "Careless Whisper"). :)
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  9. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    I don't recall any of those band names. :woot:
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  10. The Blue Nile
    Peter Gabriel
    Rickie Lee Jones
    Paul Kelly (the Australian one)
    The Police
    The Pretenders
    Talk Talk

    Some of may favourite music ever came out of the 80s.
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  11. "If you thought the 80's was a big pile of suck"

    I couldn't have said it any better myself :laugh:, but to me the beginning of it was great but it slowly went downhill and that's when I went backwards and started really discovering the 50's, blues, jazz, ANYTHING but that stuff. I became a much better musician because that decade forced me to branch out and really investigate other styles of music besides rock.
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  12. Now that was some good stuff but unfortunately I didn't discover any of that while it was current.
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  13. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    I always dug Pete Farndon from the Pretenders, and The Fixx had some nice bass playing, but I don't recall the player. "One thing leads to another" had some killer bass. And Aztec Camera had some nice bass work and great songs.
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  14. Fear were a great band, 1981:

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  15. Pete Farndon was a great player with a great sound. The guy in The Fixx was good too.
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  16. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    Glenn Campling, Tones on Tail
    Anka Wolbert, Clan of Xymox
    The two bassist in Hugo Largo proved you could have two basses and it could sound good, and led me to form a 2-bass band in the early 2000s.

    And of course (but these are more commented upon) Mike Mills, Peter Hook, Simon Gallup, Robbie Shakespeare.

    Stu Hamm’s first solo album really impressed me at the time. My taste in solo bass has moved on, though.

    I don’t miss hair metal or most of the top 40 of the time, but there was lots of great tonal exploration.
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  17. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    John Doe of X.
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  18. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
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  19. That's a great documentary and where i first saw them.
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  20. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    Everyone talks about the P Bass tone. Well, here ya go. ;)
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