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

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  1. Grandy

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    The 80s was the worst decade for popular music. I was in my teens then. Punk was fresh for a very short while. Then MTV took over and everything was about appearances. I'm not saying there weren't any good music made but the trends of the time just weren't for me. The 90s were better. After that I lost interest in popular music.
     
  2. Theorage

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    The Dark Years... (not so bad)

    1980: The OTHER Kansas ;)


    1982: Canadians on the loose


    1977: Seattle rock queens


    1981: the Brian Setzer wave


    1980: Donnie Pop (original video unpostable)
     
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    1979: Kitschy B-52s, 10 years before Love Shack


    1979: No one liked this song


    1978: They say he's crazy, but he has a good time


    1979: Not so cheap here


    1977: Early Police before our beloved Andy
     
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    1978: Have to include our TDPRI member Eliot Easton's band


    1980: TDPRI's official band, but not the favorite track


    1980: That can't be TWO Squiers on the album cover, right?!


    1978: The Boss proves he's a star
     
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    That’s awesome!

    My dad says the same exact thing how music was pretty much terrible in the 70’s And 80’s

    Usually bringing up things like “muskrat love”

    Of course there are exceptions
     
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    Grandy's post mirrors my experience. The dumpster fire started in the early 80s, and it lasted into the early 90s. I can still smell the burning garbage.
     
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    Are you serious! Freakin Elliot Easton is a member here?!

    That’s awesome!
     
  8. Nick Fanis

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    The best album of all times was released than so definitely not

     
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    i'd say around 77 or 78 to 84 or 85 is probably my favorite period of music. everything was tried. post punk, hardcore, no-wave & NYC downtown experimental stuff, metal finally becoming the metal we know, disco getting weird and turning into boogie or hi NRG, funk & jazz funk, awesome quiet storm stuff, synthpop, birth of hip hop, the earliest examples of what would become house and techno, noise music, minimalist composition...there's just so much good and boundary pushing stuff.

    i don't think there was another period in the 20th century that had such an explosion of different kinds music. it was like a mini renaissance, esp. with music technology making such a giant leap forward - both in instruments as well as access to recording equipment. not even the 60s was like this, that was more about radical social stuff than radical aesthetics. vast majority of music today has more to do with breakthroughs that happened in that time period than the beatles or the 60s or whatever. kraftwerk alone is more influential aesthetically today than anything from 67-77.

    i see boomers like my father who were on the cusp of either being into early 70s classic rock or late 70s weirdo stuff and they just missed out on so much. they always ignore this period outside of like "yeah talking heads and blondie were cool," and it's sad. that generation of folks who just barely missed out on the 60s really tried to erase this era, they were so sore about being late to the party. when i was a kid and they were the target demo for classic rock stations, it's like nothing outside of led zeppelin and aerosmith existed.
     
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  10. Theorage

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    Eliot Easton -- he's here, but not so much active

    Somewhere in his post history, he shares a pic of a Tele he has with a Jazzmaster P/U in the neck position, chartreuse sparkle w/pinstriping, and a custom case for it -- I dig it! Oh wait, I saved a photo of it...

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    The darkness started around 82. I'm not sure it ever really lifted
     
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    Hi.

    There’s always great music. There’s always rubbish music. It’s a finding / avoiding thing.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Oz pub rock flourished during those years and kept going..:cool:

    cover bands were few and far between, it was all original music going on.:D
     
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    Once I heard punk and New Wave I left rock music far behind.
    Anyone that tried to cling to rock was stuck with Van Halen and Journey.
    No wonder it was a dark period for them.
     
  15. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Yes, it is cool. My understanding, from reading between the lines, is that there might be a few folk of renown lurking on here.

    On a related note, according to a tweet from him earlier today, Elliot is playing on a new single (along with Taylor Hawkins) by Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra. Coming May 21st. The song is called Mend, I believe.

    https://music.mxdwn.com/2021/05/07/...lor-hawkins-members-of-the-cars-and-bon-jovi/

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Totally agree. :cool:
     
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    edit: my fav. always been 70's. Worst 90's
     
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    Every year is a good year for music. You have to go looking for it, or your friends and family have to share it with you. If you have children, you can embark on an extraordinary voyage of musical discovery with them. They’ll love some of your old stuff, you’ll love some of theirs. Whether you listen to music with children or young people or not, I think the journey goes on forever.
     
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    Make that 1963...
     
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    XTC were around. Television. Talking Heads. Peter Gabriel solo. Kate Bush. Steely Dan. Etc. King Crimson in their 'Discipline' period.

    '67-'82 was an amazing time for pop/rock. All this incredible stuff slipped past the gatekeepers into the mainstream (albeit sometimes on the periphery). Joni Mitchell, Meters, James Brown, Al Green, Beefheart, P-Funk, Tom Waits, electric Miles, Devo, etc etc
     
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