Welcome to Obscure80smusic.com where we bring you the best and worst of the
music Industry from the 80's decade which bought along with it much change
and upheaval all around the globe, wether in Politics, Music or Fashion..
Similar to the 60's the eighties saw much unrest and protesting to their governments,
over nuclear weapons, war and along side of it many millions helped save a
Nation. With the horrendous footage broadcast by the general media of the starving
in Africa bought with it a huge outcry which bought together some of the biggest
stars of the era to bring about the biggest musical event of the millenium,
Eventually with the end of the Cold War saw the fall of the Berlin
Oher highlights musically were:
- The launch of MTV in the USA probably lead to the mainstream uptake of
music videos within the music industry. Early on in the eighties groups such
as Devo and Haircut 100 were the pioneers of this while artists such as Madonna
and Michael Jackson mastered the idea and help make it mainstream.
- The takeup by many of these 80's groups of new technology such as, synthesizers
and electronic keyboards, along with drum machines, gave an electronic, distinct
sound to most 1980s records.
- New Wave music, or Synthpop, a form of synthesized pop-rock, is popular throughout
decade, especially the early eighties.
- Rap music, began in ghettos by African American youths debuts in the pop cultural
scene as early as 1979, by the Sugar Hill Gang's single release Rapper's Delight.
In 1988, MTV picked up rap music videos by a one-hour format "YO, MTV Raps!" to
a racially diverse audience.
- The Hip hop scene evolves to become a powerful musical force, bringing with
it several dance styles. Hip hop also brings artists like Grandmaster Flash,
Kurtis Blow and N.W.A. to the forefront; hip hop's spread outside of New York
City, especially to Los Angeles, accelerates and then by 1990, takes off beyond
- Top-charting artists of the 1980s include The Police, Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie,
The Go-Go's, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Van Halen, Foreigner, Phil Collins, Huey
Lewis and the News, Juice Newton, Def Leppard, Deacon Blue, Bryan Adams, Queen,
U2, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Cher, Rick Springfield, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen,
John Mellencamp, Olivia Newton-John, Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson,
Whitney Houston, Beastie Boys, Amy Grant, Laura Branigan and Bon Jovi.
- Massive sales for Ethiopian famine relief records by Band Aid ("Do They
Know It's Christmas?") and USA for Africa ("We Are the World"),
followed by Live Aid famine relief concert in London and Philadelphia. Other
artists push for nuclear disarmament, racial harmony (Stevie Wonder and Paul
McCartney in a 1981 duet release: Ebony and Ivory), and AIDS awareness.
- American singer Prince, French band Indochine ("3e sexe"), Canadian
singer Norman Iceberg ("Be My Human Tonight"), Spanish band Mecano
("Mujer Contra Mujer") were all part of a huge new worldwide movement
of artists who wrote innovative lyrics sometimes with sexual innuendos that reflected
the then popular and highly fashionable androgynous style.
- In the US, contemporary Christian music gains popularity in the mid-80s with
such crossover artists as Amy Grant, Kathy Troccoli, BeBe and CeCe Winans and
Michael W. Smith.
- Hard Rock became extremely popular in 1980s, and became one of the most dominating
music genres of the 1980s. Artists such as Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Aerosmith,
Poison, Ratt, Skid Row, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Cinderella, Whitesnake,
Quiet Riot, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, and AC/DC got extensive airplay.
- Thrash metal becomes underground sensation originating in the Bay Area, California.
Bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer become popular, and are frequently
seen as the alternatives to the poppier metal bands.
- House music - a new development in dance music mid-way through the decade,
growing out of the post-disco scene early in the decade, later developing into
acid house - a harder form of dance often associated with the developing late
1980s drug culture.
- Indie Rock is born, with bands such as The Smiths, Sonic Youth and Pixies as
- And as music becomes more commercial, thousands of new bands form all over
the country and spring up in opposition by making music faster, louder, harder
and injecting a larger amount of political and social awareness into the lyrics.
Known as Hardcore punk, it would go on to influence and create other musical
genres well into the 21st century. Popular bands included Dead Kennedys in San
Francisco, Minor Threat in Washington DC, Black Flag in Los Angeles and Reagan
Youth in New York.
- El General records first album and reggaeton is born in Panama.
Many of the big names from above are still around and selling Albums now 20
+ years on, we are going to be highlighting alot of the more obscure80's artists
alongside the better known.
||Obscure Video of the Month
A deranged old woman, the lamest attempt at a long jump this side of Motherwell, a seaside resort and an 80's rockstar with several bad haircuts. What more could you want in a naff 80's video? Walk out to Winter with Aztec Camera.