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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ndcaster, Feb 10, 2020.
Since this is a guitar forum and keeping with the spirit of the 80's new wave/alt rock scene, I nominate The Smiths (Marr), REM (Buck), Echo and the Bunnymen (Sargent), XTC (Partridge), and anyone else I can't remember right now.
PS - I'll add U2 as well (the Edge)
Gen X (without whom, no Green Day, pop-punk, skatepunk etc.)
they dispatched the blues-based R&R band sound I used to love and completely changed Rock- IMO things have just been different since.
Not better, not worse, but IMO a permanent shift in music
Don't you remember Husker Du?
I'd agree with U2, Prince, Michael Jackson and Grateful Dead as major influencers of subsequent music in their respective genres.
Exactly, I totally agree.
Most of the bands/ artists listed so far were around long before the 80's - Roxy Music, Bowie, U2, the Police, Joy Division, ZZ Top, Elvis Costello!!!!
Can anyone actually remember the 80's?
Ian Curtis died in May 1980. Joy Division then became New Order.
I am a huge Joy Division fan. I agree that they were very influential...but they were a 70's band not from the 80's.
Joy Division ceased to exist in May 1980.
6 of the other bands released their best albums in the 70's.
Only three votes for Pixies in this thread? Pixies, final answer.
So what? They still had 80s albums. Your opinion is also subjective.
Wrong Closer was released in 1980.
I know, I bought it the day it was released.
Are you saying that Joy Division did not start their career in the 70's or that Ian Curtis did not die in May 1980 or that Joy Division didn't cease to exist in 1980. They were not an 80's band. There were many albums released in the 80's by dead rock stars. It doesn't mean they were around in the 80's.
Hardly, but you are being rude about it. At least I have the decency to recognise they had a major influence on the 1980s, 70s band maybe, but their brilliance reverberated throughout the 1980s, particularly with New Order and early The Cure et al.
For me personally, it would probably be Tom Waits' Big Time band with Marc Ribot on guitar.
For everyone else, I have no idea. Probably someone I never listened to.
I agree.. they began in the'70s, but their influence really comes from the 80s and the trajectory established in 1980 with Closure and Ian's death. It's like Nirvana, they started in '87, but it would be hard to argue that they're not a '90s band. But I guess it is really all semantics.
Huey Lewis and the News
Motley Crue ?
Never was a huge fan of theirs but they were undeniably influential .
Yeah, but if we're talking about the most influential acts of the '80s, you'd have to include Bowie, The Cars and The Police, the latter of whom didn't achieve widespread popularity until their third album. U2 didn't release their first album until 1980 and they didn't get much attention until 1983's "War."