Hate for the Miami Vice sound?

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  1. Cadillac_Mike

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    I probably would really despise the mid to late 80's "Miami Vice" sound if I lived through it, but as a millennial I think it's awesome... It's still hangin' on the 70's roots blues sound but they added a lot of chorus and synths. I mean; what are you gonna do by 1986? By '73 every roots blues thing had already been done, bands like Cream added the psychedelia...


     
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    I loved that era of music, and still do. When I was recording four-track demos back then with tons of virtual tracks, I had two Yamaha SPX-90s -- one for the room reverb, and the other for the gated snare drum. Thanks to Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel, it was the law back then that all snare hits must be processed through a gated reverb. Lots of use of the Scholz Rockman on guitars, lots of Eventide Harmonizer effects, lots of Fairlights and orchestra hits. Good times.
     
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    My hate is mostly reserved for excessive reverb on drum tracks. Luckily this track has it in spades!
     
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    I heard enough of the Yamaha DX7 chime-y bell piano sound to last me the rest of my life.

    The drum sounds that are either machine-created or so processed they sound like a machine got kind of old. It seemed like producers were on a mission to rob drummers of personality in the quest for epic big drums. I guess some of that is still true today.

    Other than those two gripes, I still dig a lot of it.

    Edit: Funny to see other folks calling out the drum sounds, too. I was still typing my post when those went up.
     
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    Hate??Miami Vice sound? What do you mean? Jan Hammer or the 80s Rock/Pop sound?
    I love both...especially AOR Rock or that funky RnB/Pop style. They made great music in the 80s
     
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    I was born in 1980 and loved the Miami Vice soundtrack when watching the show on tv. Then turning a teenager I hated that era of music, swearing only by 90’s grunge or by older 60’s and 70’s rock. Now I’ve come to fall in love with these sounds again.

    That’s one thing I appreciate growing older: I seem to have broaden my taste a lot, not only on music but on so many other things!
     
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    Lots of good bass parts in the 80's ... The Fixx, 1982!
     
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    I'm a child of the eighties...
    Mr Mister's 'Welcome to the Real World'
    Harold Faltermeyer
    Nik Kershaw's 'Human Racing'
    King Crimson's 'Discipline'
    Was (not Was)
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    'Lost Boys' soundtrack
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    These are my not-so-guilty pleasures.
     
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    i don't necessarily have a problem with that recording style, especially not in pop music - i'll listen to 80s jpop or like pet shop boys any day, i even like some stock, aitken and waterman stuff, i even like some sting too. i just don't really find it appropriate for rock, esp when there was a lot of independent rock in the 80s that didn't sound like that. it seemed like a last ditch effort to revive a corpse.
     
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    FANTASTIC Song!

    Thanks for the reminder.
     
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    Top tunes - and I'm a child of the 60's!
     
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    Why do people love the word hate
     
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    same

    and the DX7 Seinfeld slap bass sound and toppy squeaky sounds too. I can’t listen.
     
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    Jan Hammer played with Jeff Beck for many years, and was a central figure in the songwriting that was the Wired album.

    I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for him therefore, and can't fault him for taking on the task of writing a TV show them song.

    In the vein of that sort of awesome schlock, here's one of my favorite Jeff Beck's 'commercial' efforts, off the Flash album.
    Written by Nile Rodgers.

    :)


     
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    Would Vaporwave be considered a sub-genre? Or is it vice (no pun intended) versa? MV hit when I was in Jr High and so it was a big part of my formative years. I have an almost unconcious fondness for all of it.




    I have said for a long time there should be an established genre of music that appeared nowhere except on 1980s film and television soundtracks. That might be an interesting thread.
     
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    I was there and a teenager at the time. I didn’t like a lot of this. I felt it cheapened the sound on some great songs. The worst was early synth horns.
     
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    Miami Vice introduced mini 'MTV-like' music videos inside the shows.





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