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Duncan Sheik Uncovers Hope For The '80s : The Record : NPR
For musicians, mining the 1980s has proven very fruitful on a sonic and stylistic level. Synth-pop's colonization of indie rock during the past decade occurred partly because of technology; making electronic music is now such an accessible and self-contained process that going the rock band route seems almost ecologically unsound.

I also wonder if youthful fans of synth pop and New Wave style are looking for ways to be expressive but not overly earnest. To be a party person is to create a safe space for individual liberation and experimentation, and the 1980s model of a party person — crazily clothed, like some kind of exotic bird or Muppet — seems exceptionally well guarded from the risk of being taken too seriously.
1980s  music  pop  memory  songwriting  art  technology  electronica 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Rob Sheffield's Eighties Odyssey | Rolling Stone Music
That pretty much sums up the Eighties to me, and I think that's why people still gravitate towards that period, when people were so open-eared and experimental. It's a sense that these boundaries had been crashed down by artists like Michael Jackson or Duran Duran or Grandmaster Flash. There was a sense that rock could be influenced by disco and hip-hop could be influenced by pop. There was this really kind of glorious moment where every station that was playing the Human League and the Clash was also playing the Pointer Sisters and Marvin Gaye. I thought that was going to be the future from now on.
music  1980s  radio  pop  rock  books  nonfiction 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Paris Review – The Tao of Prince, Dan Piepenbring
Take “Raspberry Beret" [...] Peopled by such rural mainstays as Mr. McGee (the hardnosed boss of a five-and-dime) and Old Man Johnson (a farmer, of course), the song testifies to the bucolic joys of “doing something close to nothing,” shirking workaday life, and having a literal romp in the hay. All’s well and good until this arcadia is interrupted by another form of pastoral, the elegy. It creeps in with the beautiful, obscure line “Overcast days never turned me on, but something ’bout the clouds and her mixed.” Then comes a quiet reference to lost youth: He “wouldn’t change a stroke … with a girl as fine as she was then.” The last line brings a full-on lament, as Prince sings, “Tell me, where have all the raspberry women gone?” We could argue all day about what a raspberry woman is—for my money, it’s got nothing to do with fruit—and this is Prince’s inscrutable charm. Having lured us in with a frothy romance, he ends by mourning something we can’t even fully understand.
songwriting  prince  1980s  music  rock  writing  death  love  sex 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gen X Has a Midlife Crisis - NYTimes.com
“If I were the protagonist of a book or a movie,” Milo says to his onetime boss, “it would be hard to like me, to identify with me, to like me, right?” The response is devastating: “I would never read a book like that, Milo, and I can’t think of anyone who would. There’s no reason for it.”

A lot of people seem to feel that way about “Greenberg,” which has done modest business and inspired a great deal of ambivalence among audiences. “Funny People” was a big flop, and “Hot Tub Time Machine” has not done nearly as well as “The Hangover,” which offers up coarse humor and male immaturity without the slightest attempt at historical perspective. Since its publication in March, “The Ask” has sold around 7,000 copies. Disappointing? Of course. Our generation wouldn’t have it any other way.
aging  marriage  criticism  movies  1980s  1990s  relationships  fiction 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Who cares about 'My Generation' anymore? | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
In the 1980s, pop was long scorned by many as a time of superficiality and crass commercialism; only in recent years have its champions found room to argue for its importance, and most still applaud that era of giant hair and sequins in fun. But that plastic moment was also a time of great diversity in pop, when Prince and Public Enemy rose alongside Guns 'N' Roses and U2. It's harder to contain the 1980s within a single word like "Woodstock," though the millions mourning Jackson have been trying with "Thriller."

In fact, the 1980s looked a lot like now: a time when no one presumed that a particular musical statement or style spoke for all, and when the generational ideal felt a little hollow. [...] Personal style, ethnic and racial loyalties and an expanding sense of what was possible (typified then by interest in African music and New Wave's fascination with technology) mattered more than the power of an age-appropriate peer group.
1980s  music  pop  rock  aging  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson's music had impact around the globe | U.S. | Reuters
Michael Jackson went from being Gary, Ind.'s most talented kid to one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet. While his worldwide album sales were astounding, that wasn't the sole reason for his fame. His ascendancy went far beyond the cash register -- he inspired dance moves, dictated fashion trends and raised awareness for social causes around the globe.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How Jackson's Thriller changed the music business | U.S. | Reuters
Ultimately, "Thriller" spent 122 weeks on the Billboard 200, leading Epic to one of its greatest periods of prosperity. Given the decline in album sales, the rise of digital downloads and the lack of an heir apparent to Jackson, it's unlikely another album will ever dominate radio, video or the collective consciousness the way "Thriller" did.
music  business  media  capitalism  marketing  television  cable  rock  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York - Sound of the City - From the Voice Archives: Robert Christgau on the Mass Culture Spectacle of Michael Jackson in 1984
The Victory Tour's $30 prices aren't as out of line as they ought to be (Marvin Gaye charged $25 at Radio City--though Bruce's top is $16), but they do seem to keep black kids away, and black kids would have made good company at the Garden. After all, they're the ones who've cared about Michael longest and deepest, who feel his success as more than an exotic accident of statistics and modern communication--and they're also the unnamed potential perpetrators who inspired the tour's massive-to-paranoid security outlay. As delighted as I am to see white America recognize a black heir, I'm not going to think the affection in which he's held means a whole lot racially until it gets generalized a little.
music  reviews  nyc  writing  culture  aesthetics  identity  race  rock  concerts  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bryan Adams: Hit Was About Sex, Not 1969, Tells Maggie Rodriguez "Summer Of '69" Wasn't, As Many Assume, About Nostalgia - CBS News
"A lot of people think it's about the year, but actually, it's more about making love in the summertime. It's using '69 as a sexual reference."
wtf  songwriting  music  1980s  sex 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Obituary: Hiram Bullock | Music | The Guardian
"He essentially came from a blues, funk and rock corner, and it was his ability to bring this attack to a jazz context that always seemed to be the defining factor. It was this that endeared him to artists like Gil, for instance. Although he played on countless sessions, he was a great live performer, and this is where he stood out, whether with Sanborn, Bley or Gil Evans."
music  1980s  jazz  blues  rock  obituaries 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Robert Hazard, Philly rocker, dies at 59 | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/06/2008
"One night in a motel in Delaware, Mr. Hazard sat in a bathtub and in 15 minutes wrote 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun,' a sprightly pop tune covered in 1983 by Cyndi Lauper. Labeled a feminist anthem, it shot to No. 1. Miley Cyrus' remake is included on her new album, Breakout."
songwriting  1980s  music  feminism  obituaries  philadelphia  pennsylvania  rock 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pineapple Express and A Brief History Of Plot Songs | SpoutBlog
"It’s not as directly narrative as, say, 'Back in Time' (above), but it’s slightly more literally connected to the film than, like, 'The Power of Love.'"
movies  cinema  film  music  songwriting  1980s 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Feelies, Reborn for the Fourth of July - NYTimes.com
“I think in a loose way the idea of keeping it minimal goes beyond just the music. It’s my whole approach to everything. Don’t say too much whenever possible. We’re just trying to get the most impact out of the least amount.”
minimalism  1980s  music  aesthetics  identity  ritual  art  rock 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #57
"Certain songs seem so structurally robust, so well put together, that they always work. Maybe these songs are perfect. Which isn't necessarily to say that they're the greatest songs or my favorite songs."
music  pitchfork  toread  songwriting  1980s  radio 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cultura Obscura: Rickrolling :: The Gateway Online
"On 12 March, 1988, Rick Astley’s pop single 'Never Gonna Give You Up' hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, laying the groundwork for a level of fame that Astley himself could never have predicted."
social  songwriting  music  1980s  uk 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
John Hughes' imprint remains - Los Angeles Times
"He somehow knew we were all struggling with the same things. Whenever I watch a Hughes film now, I remember the euphoria of being 13 and falling in love with movies."
culture  film  movies  sociology  usa  1980s  cinema 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson's Thriller: How the shine finally came off - Telegraph
"It's almost as if people don't want to be reminded that where once there was a young man with a startling smile, bursting with energy and music, there is now someone disfigured, reclusive and bereft of new musical ideas."
music  aesthetics  1980s 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson – Thriller - The Diamond - Stylus Magazine
On "Billie Jean": "[A] woman causing the downfall of a man, set to uneasy bass and impatient drums. It’s one of the best representations of film noir in pop music, ending with no resolution except a single mother and selfish, careless scumball."
music  pop  1980s  criticism  rock  marketing  relationships 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Montreal electro duo Chromeo explains its ’80s fetish - CBC Arts | Music
"You can't really say anything against A-ha or Purple Rain or Thriller. These were very progressive artists. At the same time, the lyrics were very macho and very vulnerable. That's a tight balance we try to rock with."
1980s  music  songwriting  canada  montreal  aesthetics  pop  rock 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
DORIAN PURPLE: Musical Events: The New Yorker
"His songs can be maudlin, clever, obvious, as ornate as Versailles, as simple as pencils, hilarious, crude, breathtakingly wise, corny, and so musically rich that he seems to be working with instruments nobody else owns."
prince  songwriting  lasvegas  nevada  1980s  music  newyorker  magazines 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Disco Delivery: BBC Radio 2 - The Record Producers: Nile Rodgers
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is probably the first time I've heard Chic's sound taken apart, analyzed and put back together in this way."
songwriting  music  dance  1970s  1980s  creativity 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ILX: Careless Whisper by Wham Classic or Dud?
"I always groan, thinking it's some terrible Kenny G track, but then George Michael starts singing and it becomes an undeniable classic." "This is still one of THE worst songs in the universe and one day you will understand and demand more [...]"
pop  rock  music  1980s  criticism  uk 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve.com: Lisa Gabriele's "Pretty in Penury"
"Class and all its implications really sets in in high school, when teenagers become aware that, indeed, they are held hostage by their family's socioeconomic status. After all, you live with these people. What they are, you are."
class  poverty  education  cinema  1980s  family  parenting  money  work  jobs  school  illinois  chicago  fashion 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: They Can Play. Can They Play Nice?
“To me it’s like a Bergman movie. Nothing happens until two very violent acts. One is the bridge, two is the coda. But not a mouse stirs. It’s like a still life.” “But there might be a lion, sir.” “Yeah. That’s me.”
1980s  songwriting  aesthetic  uk  canada  vancouver  music  rock  friendship 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Field Music's Brewis Talks Covers, Hiatus, Futureheads
"I [also] kind of want to do 'Hold Me Now' by the Thompson Twins at some point, because it's quite a good song, but their version of it is just terrible! It has all the worst bits about 80s music, but as a song it's kind of quite sweet."
songwriting  1980s  music  pop  uk 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Door opens for Crowded House | NEWS.com.au Entertainment
"[...] I was trying to show drummer after drummer how to play the brushes properly on 'Four Seasons In One Day.' Not one bugger got it. I realised how professional Paul's groove was and how genetically in sync we were."
music  newzealand  rock  1980s  pop 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: For a Fresh Mix, the Retro Kids Hit Rewind
"Inevitably, talk turned to the jheri curl — the greasy hairstyle that destroyed many a pillowcase and shirt collar. Who would get one for the sake of authenticity? No one volunteered. Some things, it seemed, were better left in the past."
identity  hiphop  fashion  1980s  music  nyc 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Crown Jewel
"[T]hose willing to take the film on its own terms will be confronted with a portrait that, while perhaps unsettling in its revisionist sympathies, offers a valid provocation at a time when Americans are debating the costs of isolation [...]"
cinema  france  18thcentury  music  1980s  rock  fashion  power  politics 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Yacht-Pop
complementary to fans of Channel 101's "Yacht Rock" -- stay smooth!
music  songwriting  1970s  1980s  oceans 
december 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Times Online: Academics of the world unite for a gig with the Smiths
“They were always very culturally aware and there is rich potential for intertextual discussion, because they refer to a lot of other areas of study."
smiths  rock  uk  1980s  academia  aesthetics  songwriting 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
the agony booth: "Leonard Part 6" review
Forget about it, I'm not telling you how I wound up here
cinema  1980s  comedy 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
ABC Electric Journal: Why "Blue Monday" Is the Most Important Electronic Song Ever....Period
"All these elements combine with swirling explosions and synthesizer effects making this a tailor made club hit that even rock fans can enjoy."
music  songwriting  1980s  uk 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve.com Screening Room: Interview with Alan Hollinghurst
"There is a horrible way in which information is replacing imagination in the novel."
1980s  novels  uk  writing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
ArtsJournal: About Last Night: 50 Tracks, Revisited
"The CBC is rightly taking pains to have its 80s ranking include hip-hop. It's an essential 80s pop genre, but it's routinely ignored in at least the more fatuous remembrances of the decade."
1980s  music  songwriting 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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