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Music that exemplifies the 80s


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#1 Sad King Billy

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:37 AM

This is for the music that breathes the style of the 80s in all its aspects. I was too young at the time, so this is a journey of exploration for me. So far, what I've found that is most 80s is Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=siwpn14IE7E

what are other songs from the era or that imitate it perfectly?

#2 Ser Rodrigo Belmonte

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:23 AM

http://m.youtube.com...645.9yjdnh2H_5k

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:27 AM

80s waz so fucked up /sad.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:32 AM

You got 80s synth pop, the movement of punk to gothic rock and post punk. Alternative/indie pop.
i'll make a list when im not on my phone Haha, there's lots of different genres that define the whole decade musically.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

saxaphone solos are an 80s thing

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:55 AM

This would be my exemplar of the '80's

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=NFRx4PkXeVM

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:59 AM

http://m.youtube.com...645.9yjdnh2H_5k

YEEESSS.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:00 AM

The 80'? What is this magical time you speak of?

Also: I havent been able to listen to eye of the tiger without thinking of middle school ever since it was a marching band song.

Edited by Dragonmag170, 05 August 2013 - 09:00 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:09 AM

Ten great albums from the 1980s:


Joy Division - Closer (UK, 1980)

Talking Heads - Remain in Light (US, 1980)

Devo - Freedom of Choice (US, 1980)

The Raincoats - Odyshape (UK, 1981)

Bad Brains - Bad Brains (US, 1982)

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (US, 1983)

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace (UK, 1985)

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (UK, 1986)

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (US, 1988)

Half Japanese - Charmed Life (US, 1988)

#10 Zar Lannister

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:10 AM

This is one of those 80s iconic anthems.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=LatorN4P9aA

Edited by Zar Lannister, 05 August 2013 - 09:13 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:47 AM

Since you're all covering pop music so well, I'll address one of my favorite genres, film music. In the 80s, film music was dominated by John Williams, who wrote scores for Raiders of the Lost Ark, two Star Wars films, ET, and more. These films were mostly box office phenomena and he earned several Oscars for his scores. Another trend was to electronic music, especially by Vangelis. He won for Chariots of Fire, which kicked off the decade. Happily, by the 90s the trend had rather played itself out. Most pertinent to this forum, there were several fantasy films in the 80s which had great soundtracks. Offhand, Legend, Labyrinth and Excalibur come to mind, but there were others. Finally, this is the decade where film composers increasingly eschewed orchestral scores and incorporated rock and pop music into their scores.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

Ten great albums from the 1980s:


Joy Division - Closer (UK, 1980)

Talking Heads - Remain in Light (US, 1980)

Devo - Freedom of Choice (US, 1980)

The Raincoats - Odyshape (UK, 1981)

Bad Brains - Bad Brains (US, 1982)

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (US, 1983)

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace (UK, 1985)

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (UK, 1986)

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (US, 1988)

Half Japanese - Charmed Life (US, 1988)


This guy isn't wrong.
The 80s was an awesome Decade for Music, in fact in my mind the 2000s has been one of the worst.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:56 AM

I always think Take On Me when I think 80's.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:14 AM

Just do what everyone else your age did, watch Donnie Darko and buy the soundtrack

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:37 AM

Off the top of my head, just one "fine" candidate of the dubious 80s:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=9jK-NcRmVcw

Will think of others memorable songs later...

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:55 AM

Just do what everyone else your age did, watch Donnie Darko and buy the soundtrack

LOL, true. Great soundtrack.


Ten great albums from the 1980s:


Joy Division - Closer (UK, 1980)

Talking Heads - Remain in Light (US, 1980)

Devo - Freedom of Choice (US, 1980)

The Raincoats - Odyshape (UK, 1981)

Bad Brains - Bad Brains (US, 1982)

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (US, 1983)

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace (UK, 1985)

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (UK, 1986)

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (US, 1988)

Half Japanese - Charmed Life (US, 1988)


I'm going to add

''Murmur'' R.E.M (1983)

''Let's Dance'' David Bowie (1983)

''Synchronicity'' The Police (1983)

''Juju'' Siouxsie and the Banshees (1981)

''Pretenders'' The Pretenders (1980)

''A Kiss in the Dream Home'' Siouxsie and the Banshees (1982)

''Rain Dogs'' Tom Waits (1985)

''Phantasmagoria'' The Damned (1985)

''Telekon'' Gary Numan (1980)

''The Queen is Dead'' The Smiths (1984)

''Kaleidoscope'' Siouxsie and the Banshees (1980)

''English Settlement'' XTC (1982)

''Floodland'' Sisters of Mercy (1987)

''Killing Joke'' Killing Joke (1980)

''Disintegration'' The Cure (1989)

''Dare'' The Human League (1981)

''Power, Corruption, Lies'' New Order (1983)

will probably add more more in a bit, this is a mixture of the genuine best albums of the 80s and my personal favourites

Edited by Theda Baratheon, 05 August 2013 - 10:56 AM.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:09 AM

LOL, true. Great soundtrack.




I'm going to add

''Murmur'' R.E.M (1983)

''Let's Dance'' David Bowie (1983)

''Synchronicity'' The Police (1983)

''Juju'' Siouxsie and the Banshees (1981)

''Pretenders'' The Pretenders (1980)

''A Kiss in the Dream Home'' Siouxsie and the Banshees (1982)

''Rain Dogs'' Tom Waits (1985)

''Phantasmagoria'' The Damned (1985)

''Telekon'' Gary Numan (1980)

''The Queen is Dead'' The Smiths (1984)

''Kaleidoscope'' Siouxsie and the Banshees (1980)

''English Settlement'' XTC (1982)

''Floodland'' Sisters of Mercy (1987)

''Killing Joke'' Killing Joke (1980)

''Disintegration'' The Cure (1989)

''Dare'' The Human League (1981)

''Power, Corruption, Lies'' New Order (1983)

will probably add more more in a bit, this is a mixture of the genuine best albums of the 80s and my personal favourites


All good calls. I left out Siouxsie on purpose 'cause I knew you'd put them in. /wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' /> How did I forget Rain Dogs? (face palm). They're mainstream, but U2 should really be included as well. (Boy, War, The Joshua Tree)

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:11 AM

Whoa... I've looked over all those lists of great albums and not a single Van Halen mentioned?!!?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:13 AM

Thread needs more Moving Pictures.


The river!!!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:14 AM

''Rio'' Duran Duran (1982)

''Colossal Youth'' Young Marble Giants (1980)

''Milo Goes to College'' Descendents (1982)

''...And Don't the Kids Just Love It'' Television Personalities (1980)

''Treasure'' Cocteau Twins (1984)

''Rum Sodomy and the Lash'' The Pogues (1985)

''Hounds of Love'' Kate Bush (1985)

''Songs From the Big Chair'' Tears For Fears (1985)

''New Gold Dream'' Simple Minds (1982)

''Once Upon a Time'' Simple Minds (1985)

''Louder Than Bombs'' The Smiths (1987)

''If I Should Fall From Grace With God'' The Pogues (1988)



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