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>Could anyone please explain to me why the Eighties are often referred to
>as "the dark age"?
lots of possible reasons,
to do with music going flat and straight
i have theories:-
1) Style (and fashion) became more important than content (and music).
...and the music industry went with that in a big way
2) The sound at live music events took a drastic drop in quality (it
I was there). Partly because the pa equipment itself sounded
worse (and still does).
3) any band going into a studio would find themselves presented with a drum
machine as a replacement for their drummer.
4) It started to be considered that metronomic time keeping was correct,
and that anything else was wrong.
5) in the studio, it became "a really good idea" to remove all the
dynamics from the music using compressors.
6) somehow related to the dominance of the Disco in the latter half
of the seventies.
...or at least, that's how it seemed in the UK.