Is 1977-1982 the "dark period" for music?

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    It's funny... Most people consider the late 70's and early 80's one of the worst times for music and I know there was a lot of terrible stuff that came out then, but most of my favorite music came out during that time. Reason is; 70's had the soul, 80's had the slickness... Only from 1977-1982 did you get a hybrid of both, bands like Foreigner, Journey, Toto, and REO Speedwagon... This song is from 1981; best of both worlds between 70's soul and 80's slickness...

     
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    No. About 1969–the present day.
     
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    Marquee Moon released 1977. Therefore that is a good year for music.
     
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    Tough crowd... :)
     
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    there was punk, the aftermath of punk, stuffs like when blondie went sort of new wave. And american hardcore, even if this is an acquiered taste.
    And the cramps !
     
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    But the late 70's and early 80's streamlined the soulfulness of roots blues for the mainstream... Bands like Blondie and Heart streamlined it for top 40 radio to an exact science...
     
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    Talking Heads, Elvis Costello... a fine time in music
     
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    Great era for me. ELO, Kansas, Meatwood Flak, AC/DC, Queen, Styx, Genesis, The Cars, Dire Straits. Heck, it was my favorite era of Rush - Moving Pictures, Hemispheres, & Permanent Waves - all between '77 and '82.
     
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    And the Pretenders, Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, The Police, Van Halen, and George Thorogood all either debuted or started building significant audiences during this era. The Who released their classic documentary, The Kids Are Alright in 1978. Led Zeppelin released In Through the Outdoor the following year. Pink Floyd released The Wall in 1980. MTV, which was lots of fun in its first decade, debuted in 1981.
     
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    Set country/bluegrass aside and you start to lose me after about 1975. I mean I hang on until 1980, with a few songs being exceptions later than 80 of course. But most rock, blues, jazz, R&B, funk, etc I listen to is pre 1975, and certainly 1980.

    Country last until about 1996, except for 90's country artist music post 96. Alot of them stay true and made some good stuff way past 96. Examples, Mark Chesnutt & Alan Jackson. And of course the much older artist like George Jones & Merle Haggard always made good stuff from the beginning until the end.

    Now of course, the ultimate rule is I listen to what I like to hear. I like to listen to Eva Cassidy sometimes and she was mid to late 90's, but then again most of her stuff was older music or traditional sounding, to it's respective genre.

    As to the time period you mentioned specifically. One of my favorite albums is Blue Angel with Cyndi Lauper from 1979/80. It is an awesome "New Wave" album. I like almost every song. But then again it sort of has a late 50's early 60's Malt Shop vibe, so not sure what that means. But I like the album and Cyndi Lauper is an insane singer and just comes off as cool, and the band plays what suits the songs perfectly. If you like that stuff at all, it's worth checking out for sure.
     
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    This is around the time when Kenny Loggins was really coming into his own.

    Dark times? More like Age of Enlightenment.
     
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    Heck yeah! Some of faves from that era right there. I don't listen to it much these days. However, those bands got me through my self conscious teen years. Lots of great memories.
     
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    We be the same age; I'll be turning 58 in a few weeks. Definitely my formative years musically.
     
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    Some of these have been mentioned already, but this period has the best stuff from the Clash, the Ramones, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac’s best stuff without Peter and Danny... these are some of the greatest bands ever! You’ve got the punk to post-punk and new wave transition. Hardly a dark time.
     
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    Joy Division were active then. A pretty influental band for later bands (Interpol, Soundgarden, U2, Cure...)
     
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    Every era has its golden nuggets---but you may have to search a little for the best of it.
     
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    Yep, turned 58 in March. Lol.
     
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    Yep, there was Punk :cool:
     
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