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re: the Dark Age
"Some of us aging hippies were hoping the decade would signal a
rebound from some unsatisfying (to us, at least) musical tendencies
(disco, fusion, etc,) of the 70's. We were disappointed-:)"
Respectfully, Emile, I need to agree to disagree with you:
I am an aging hippy and I personally thought that the early 80's gave
us some of the most innovative pop music since the late 60's.
For me, the whole DIY ethic of new wave music (from the original impetus
the late 70's) was wonderful , I believe and at least in
my home town, there were far more bands playing all original creative music
in night clubs that did not hire cover bands than any time in the next 25
Add to that the early 80's revolution in sampling that highly effected
everything from motion picture
soundtracks to pop group recordings.............
The rise of MIDI which led to composers being able to flesh out
full creative visions without necessarily having to rely on bands or
orchestras to play them
(which completely changed and made more egalitarian, the musical world
because it changed the
fact that you either had to be rich or very famous to flesh out ideas if
they were grandiose ---think orchestral).
The 80's also saw the rise of really affordable equipment and digital
processing so that more and more people
could make music without having to have a lot of money.
The next things I say are Amero-centric so I'll apologize for that but it
all I can speak about because I was nowhere else in the world during the
The fact that Disco was forced to change to stay economically viable
that tons of new rhythms and timbres entered
music. particularly from the Caribbean.........Rap and Hip Hop also added
incredible new rhythmic sophistication to
...........indeed, the whole world fusion (or world beat, a term that I
hate) in popular music occurred in the first few years of that decade as
well...............which meant that (in my country) African,
Aisian and Caribbean musicians began to
perform in large numbers all over the western world whereas before that
there was very, very little of this influence in popular music,
Suddenly, in popular music (everything from motion picture soundtracks to
commercials to pop groups), there was an incredible explosion of new
rhythms (with world music and rap/hip hop roots) and new timbres
In fact, there probably has never been a decade in American music history
where there was such an explosion of rhythm and rhythmic variety.
I honestly think of the early 80's with great fondness and consider it to
one of the more fertile early decades in American and
British popular music.
At least this aging hippy thinks so (hell, I don't feel aging in the
slightest but I am over 50 years old which probably seems like
aging to some of the younger members of our community).