Taking submissions : Worst 80’s Production Hall of Fame

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  1. Mike Eskimo

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    NOT Flock of Seagulls or bands that were 80’s creations.

    We’re talking about the production/sound/instrumentation/dated keyboard patches etc.

    Artists who just went with the times and shined it up ! Sooooo glossy and silky smooth.

    Like I said in another thread about Amps, I listened to this whole record for the first time in 20-25 years and was knocked flat again by how great Robben is as a player (his solo on Help The Poor :eek: )but noticed for the first time just how parachute-pants the production is. The intro alone is...I have no words...


     
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    The David Foster influence was very pervasive.
     
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    I was listening to this online yesterday.
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  7. Coop47

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    There are the obvious candidates where the awful production is mitigated by how grotesque the song (e.g. "We Built This City") or the concept (Don Johnson, Bruce Willis) is, but I nominate "Some Guys Have All the Luck" by Rod Stewart.
     
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  9. Mike Eskimo

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    Yeah - Rod definitely was swept along in the tide !
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    What I notice about 80's production is the digital gated reverb, which was a new thing then. It sucks, it defines 80's production, but it was new, so everybody was doing it.
     
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    David Gilmour said that he doesn't like the sound of his second solo album because it's so 80's. Most of Billy Joel's stuff from the 80's sounded horrible. He didn't transition well.

    Ozzy Osbourne's fourth studio album sounds pretty bad.

     
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    Afterburner by ZZ Top, the whole album.
     
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    As much as I appreciate Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro's talent
    The finger snapping scene at 2:10 is...well, never mind:

     
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    Anything Jackson Browne did in the 80s.

    He went from being a great songwriter whose work was nuanced and poetic, to someone with a big snare sound and lousy songwriting based on shouting.

    Fortunately he recovered from that blighted decade.
     
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    DX7s, gated reverb, HUGE toms, clean "jazz-chorused" guitars, Yamaha CP70 pianos... I love every single one of these. I'd even argue that the 80s were the last decade with a definable production sound.

    BUT, it did not serve all established artists well...



     
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    Yep. They really had something great with Eliminator but took all the bad elements of that sound and used them exclusively on the Afterburner album. So basically Afterburner was to Eliminator what The Final Cut was to The Wall.
     
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    The Johnny Winter album with Lyndrum on it.
     
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    And then of course had to apply every one of those bad elements to all the other previous studio albums (except for El Loco for some reason).
     
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    if you know Robert Palmer, you know he's a suit guy. Maybe his luggage got lost. I enjoy this Robert Palmer period (on the original release) and he sings his butt off here, but there's a definite 80's cheese factor going on. And damn do the keyboards sound whimpy, crank up the guitars.

     
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    1990 but close enough and cheeeeeezy


    Watch the whole thing I dare you :lol:
     
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