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Re: The Dark Age
If this whole dark age thread was touched off by my comment that Tim and I
had crossed paths in "the dark ages," I just meant that it was a long time
ago--not a comment on the validity of that decade (though due to the fact
that I was in high school, I'd have to count it as one of the least
favorite periods of my life).
That being said, my biggest peeve on 80s music was the ubiquitous
marching-type beats that showed up in a large slice of the pop music of
that time period. It was sort of the anti-groove.
At the same time, the 80s also brought delayed guitars (e.g. U2s "Boy"
album, Durutti Column, and so on), drum machines, and sampling to mass
consumption--all strands in the DNA of the whole looping phenomenon.