Listen to the Music

A lot of people have their own genre or genres of music that they love and listen to on a daily basis. I personally like to listen to rap, hip-hop, and r&b. These genres have changed over the years so much, it’s almost like two separate genres. I don’t even think its same music. Some prefer the old school and some really enjoy the new school hip-hop. I think it’s hard for me to decide because I love the old and the new. I feel like they’re both equally great in their own ways. Back in the day rappers rapped about what happened in their lives and real life situations they’ve been in. A lot of rappers, today and back in the day, gear towards rapping about drugs, sex, and money. Now not all rappers do that but some do, and some to it occasionally and some rap about it all the time which isn’t really the best kind of rap in my opinion.

I have a favorite rapper from the 80s as well as now. I would say my favorite from the 80s was probably Michael Jackson and LL Cool J. Today I would my favorite rappers are J.Cole and Drake. As far as R&B goes I would have to say Justin TimberLake. I think he’s the closest comparison of Michael Jackson.

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LL Cool J! He has is 80s swag in this picture. Check out his song. See if you like it!

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J.Cole and Drake. Two of my favorite new school rappers and hip-hop artists. The music they make is of its own kind and it takes a certain person to listen to both. Basically you have to be cool enough to listen to this kind of stuff.

Song #1: In the Morning

Song #2: Jodeci

Tell me which song you think is better.

This is the last one. The JT/MJ song. Love Never Felt So Good. 

 

Bands of the 80s- Pet Shop Boys

Who is listed as the “Most Successful Duo in UK Music History?” You might not know the answer, but many children of the 80s do. The answer is the band “Pet Shop Boys.” In fact, they’re still around today and most recently released an album in 2013.

Pet Shop Boys, like Depeche Mode, fall under the genre of electronic pop. The group consists of two members: Neil Tennant (main vocals, keyboards, occasional guitar) and Chris Lowe (keyboards, occasional vocals).

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Here are some facts about the band:
-Neil and Chris met in an electronics shop in Kings Road in Chelsea, London, in August of 1981
-Bonded over mutual interest in dance music
-Future hit songs such as “It’s a Sin,” “West End Girls,” “Rent,” “Jealousy” were created in Tennant’s flat in Chelsea
-Initially called themselves “West End” because of their love for London’s West End, but later came up with Pet Shop Boys, derived from friends of theirs “who worked in a Pet Shop in Ealing.”
-Their “Big Break” came when Tennant was assigned by Smash Hits (a pop music magazine) to interview The Police in New York. The duo was obsessed with their current producer “Bobby Orlando. ” After hearing the demo tape Tennant brought with him, Bobby O suggested they make a record together.

One of the duo’s first hits: “It’s a Sin”

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Pet Shop Boys recorded 11 songs with Bobby Orlando from 1981-1984; they cut ties in 1985.

In 1985 the band re-recorded “West End Girls” with another producer. The new version entered at a low position on the charts but slowly rose. However, according to Wikipedia, “by January 1986, it achieved the top spot. It was subsequently number one in the United States, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Israel, New Zealand and Norway and sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide.” To date, it is their best known song.

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-After the success of “West End Girls,” the duo released another single named “Love Comes Quickly” in February of 1986. Their debut album, Please, did not come out until March 1986. They initially tried to tour for this album, but expenses grew too high and it [the tour] was cancelled. They did, however, perform “Love Comes Quickly” and “West End Girls” at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
-Their second single “It’s a Sin” (posted above) caused controversy when they were accused of plagiarism of Cat Stevens’s “Wild World.” What do you think? Here is Cat Stevens for comparison:

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The band went on to release 11 more albums: Please (’86), Actually (’87), Introspective (’88), Behaviour (’90), Very (’93), Bilingual (’96), Nightlife (’99), Release (’02), Fundamental (’06), Yes (’09), Elysium (’12), and Electric (’13)

As of 2003, Pet Shop Boys were ranked (by Billboard’s Joel Whitburn as the “fourth most successful act on the U.S. Dance/Club Play charts.” Leading the list were some voices you may be familiar with: none other than Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Donna Summer.  

The Gaslight Anthem and Their Ties to The Boss

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The Gaslight Anthem are an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey that formed in 2006. They have released 4 full-length records since their conception. Their most recent album, Handwritten was released in July of 2012. The Gaslight Anthem are representative of a long history of Jersey punk bands like The Misfits to bands like The Bouncing Souls. They embody that certain Jersey Shore Sound that we’ve come to know from back in the day with Bruce Springsteen’s earliest records. Like The Boss, the town from which the Gaslight Anthem is from plays a major role in their material both musically and lyrically. Guitarist and lead singer, Brian Fallon is a huge Springsteen fan, and it shows in the way he sings, his stage presence, and the area of town from which he came from. His other influences range from The Clash, The Replacements, Neil Young, and Tom Petty. None of those other artists really compare to Brian’s admiration for Bruce, however. He idolizes him as a person and a performer.

In June of 2009 Bruce Springsteen joined The Gaslight Anthem onstage at the Glastonbury Festival in England. Fallon was approached by The Boss himself, asking if he could join them in playing Gaslight’s “The ’59 Sound”, the title track off of their breakthrough album. Fallon said that Bruce learned the chords to the song himself, joined them onstage, and when they walked off he knew the band would never be viewed the same way again. The very next night Bruce was playing in Hyde Park and asked Brian Fallon this time to join him onstage to sing along with him to Bruce’s “No Surrender”, which is not only my favorite song Bruce ever wrote, but also my favorite song of all time.

Every time I watch this video I get emotional, imagining what an honor it must have been to be asked to join your hero onstage during a performance to sing along with him. I have watched The Gaslight Anthem transform from a small punk rock band from Jersey into heirs to Bruce’s New Jersey Rock ‘N Roll empire.

The Replacements

The Replacements were an alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that essentially started a genre, mixing classic rock ‘n roll with punk rock. They were around from 1979-1991 and released several full-length albums that still continue to inspire musicians today. They were drawn to the sounds of everyone from Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles to The Clash, The Ramones, and The Dead Boys.

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Their album Tim was released in October of 1985 and was their first major label release on Sire Records. It was produced by Tommy Ramone. This album was one of their most popular and gained some moderate mainstream commercial success. Tim showcases The Replacements’ widely diverse influences from Roy Orbison to Chuck Berry. Lyrically, the most are mostly loser anthems dealing with adult responsibility and growing up. The Replacements made it cool to be outcasts. Three of The Replacements’ most popular tracks can be found on this album including “Kiss Me on the Bus”, “Bastards of Young”, and “Left of the Dial”, which is a reference to college radio stations being left of the dial on a radio and how exciting it was for up and coming bands to hear their music on air.

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On January 18, 1986 The Replacements performed “Kiss Me on the Bus” and “Bastards of Young” on Saturday Night Live after which they were banned for life for swearing during their performance and their rowdy behavior. This was the most success they had received as a band up until this point, but fame did not matter to them. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine placed Tim at #136 on their list of the greatest 500 albums of all time. It was also ranked #4 on the Alternative Press list of top 99 albums from 1985-1995. Allmusic gave the album 5 stars as they did with The Replacements’ previous studio album, Let It Be.

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Living Like a Jackson

Easily the most influential family of the 1980s, the Jackson’s were able to create the future of dance and pop for decades to come. The most distinguished and well known of the Jackson’s, Michael, aka little Michaels dominated the pop culture world with some ignorantly simplistic yet explosive dance moves. Roll que.Moonwalk.

Janet Jackson, probably the most attractive pop culture dancer of all time Janet killed the dancing scene. Her ignorant dance moves inspired social justice for not just women but all races. Rhythm Nation. If the message isn’t automatically communicated through uniform alone then you can clearly hear the sound of the stomps and musical rhythm.

The question is raised however as to whom is the best of the Jacons, Janet, or Michael?? Obviously Michael was the voice and soul of the oringial Jackson 5 and the most influential of the Jacksons but his dancing was second to none in comparison to Janets. However he did posses the triple threat allowing his popularity to triple tenfolds with the release  of thriller. Thriller. Janet’s stardom could only reach such heights, while Michaels possibilities were limitless.

It may be obvious as to why Janet was casted in the shadow of Jackson but why is it that our generation knows of Michael so well and Janet so little? Perhaps it is due to the amount of depth and influence that Janet placed in her songs. While Michael’s were more upbeat and crazed over Janets spoke to social injustices and human rights. For these reasons both sister and brother can be placed in completely different groups of performers. Michael wished to influence the world in a simplistic manner of joy and dance while Janet wished to influence the world in a positive manner, supporting human rights and discriminating against sexism. Remember the TImeWhat Have you Done For Me Lately.

 

I Love the Smiths

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If you weren’t already into the Smiths or spent your time listening to those sad songs over and over again in your room, the 500 days of Summer brought you out of the twenty first century and threw you right heart break that was the 1980s controlled by the sappy love songs of the Smiths.

The Smiths who were featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while the three of them visited the art museum have also been featured in numerous other films over the years. One of the most recent coming from the movie version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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This film in particular focused on “Asleep” which was one of Charlie’s favorite songs off of  Pony Tail Derek’s mixtapes.

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The Smiths were an English Rock Band formed in Manchester in 1982 and only active for five years when they separated in 1987. Over this brief time together the band put out four albums.

Meat is murder was released in early 1985 and was ranked 295 on Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time.

The Smiths were also a band who had very influential lyrics. My personal favorite is “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”

Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
Who are young and alive
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one anymoreTake me out tonight
Because I want to see people
And I want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh please don’t drop me home
Because it’s not my home, it’s their home
And I’m welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes in to us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
But then a strange fear gripped me
And I just couldn’t ask

Take me out tonight
Oh take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one
No, I haven’t got one

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes in to us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Oh, there is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out

Even if you do not know the Smiths that well there is no doubt you haven’t herd them and as I mentioned before they are one of those ultimate break up bands.

Talking Heads

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Formed in 1975 the talking heads are one of the iconic bands of the 1980s. There style was like no other and they were one of the first create a music video. Headed by David Byrne the talking heads was one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 80’s, was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

There first major hit was “Once In a Lifetime” which reached the UK’s top 20

In 1983, the Talking Heads saw there biggest mainstream hit with the release of “Speaking in Tongues”

The biggest hit off the album was “Burning Down the House” which was helped out tremendously with the attention that was generated by MTV and the use of music videos.

Little Creatures was released in 1985

Followed by the release of True Stories in 1986

The band ultimately broke up in December of 1991. There have been many please for the band to get back together but front man David Byrne refuses to get the group back together.

All of their music is very catchy and WILL be stuck in your head. But they are one of those typical bands of the 80s that keeps you dancing and singing for ages.

One of my favorite parts of this band is that are unique and each one of their songs is as unique as they are. If you get a chance, turn off everything around you and play just one of their albums all the way through. The lyrics speak louder than just the catchy hooks and the beat.

Once In a Lifetime

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack 
And you may find yourself in another part of the world 
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile 
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife 
And you may ask yourself 
Well…How did I get here? 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

And you may ask yourself 
How do I work this? 
And you may ask yourself 
Where is that large automobile? 
And you may tell yourself 
This is not my beautiful house 
And you may tell yourself 
This is not my beautiful wife 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 

Water dissolving…and water removing 
There is water at the bottom of the ocean 
Under the water, carry the water at the bottom of the ocean 
Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
Into the silent water 
Under the rocks and stones
There is water underground 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

And you may ask yourself 
What is that beautiful house? 
And you may ask yourself 
Where does that highway go to? 
And you may ask yourself 
Am I right?…Am I wrong? 
And you may say to yourself yourself 
My God!…What have I done?! 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
Into the silent water 
Under the rocks and stones
There is water underground 

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground 
Into the blue again
After the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground 

Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Look where my hand was 
Time isn’t holding up 
Time is an asterisk 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Same as it ever was… 
Yeah, the twister comes 
Here comes the twister 
Same as it ever was…

Also Stop Making Sense was one of the first full movie music videos.

Here is the opening song to the full length film

Top 5 Worst 80’s Music Videos

When music videos were popularized on MTV (yes, they did use to play music) in the 80s, artists and producers of the world developed the misguided notion that everyone should dance. Everyone. This and ridiculous makeup (on men, women, and men who look like women), environmentally hazardous levels of hairspray and shoulder pads large enough to land airplanes resulted in some of the worst music videos ever. After submitting myself to this peculiar torture, I chose my personal top 5 best of the worst.

#5: “All Cried Out” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force (1986)

I honestly watched this one and was just not sure what to say afterwards. First, you have Lisa Lisa dressed as a little girl crying next to a teddy bear.

Then, you have what the article I originally discovered this music video on described as a model who might be part lion.

Finally, his internal thoughts are sung out by what I can only assume are his internal alter egos.

#4: “I’m still standing” by Elton John (1983)

What struck me most about this music video were the large amount of men in what appeared to be very peculiar women’s underwear.

There is this image:

And this one:

And this one too:

Also he uses people as dominos for some reason:

#3: “Torture” by The Jacksons (1984)

The title pretty much sums things up. This is one of the last songs that Michael did with his family and although the music isn’t horrific the music video is beyond strange.

First, the forms of torture mainly seem to consist of anything to do with eyeballs. Such as a wall of them which ultimately infect this guy’s hand with an eyeball.

Also, the video alters between a man who is obviously not actually even playing his guitar and poorly done monsters.

And to top things off, Michael Jackson couldn’t even make it to the shoot so in an awkward and desperate attempt to retain the resemblance of the complete family they used his wax figure.

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#2: Physical by Olivia Newton-John (1981)

This music video is infamously bad. The majority of the video is Olivia seducing out of shape men.

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Finally, she whips them into shape through various antics such as turning on treadmills to full speed and rubbing them down with lotion (sexy?).

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Unfortunately, they leave with one another instead.

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#1: Rock Me Tonight by Billy Squire (1984)

This is not only the worst video, but it also is attributed to ending Billy Squire’s career as a rock star. (Who was that? Exactly.) This is a perfect example of someone trying to dance who really shouldn’t. For instance, you get moves like this:

And him jumping into a silk covered bed:

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Him inexplicably belly crawling across the floor:

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And very unforgettably ripping off his shirt:

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Live Aid — Failure or Success

Live Aid was a huge concert that was held across two nations simultaneously on July 13th 1985. It was nicknamed the “global Jukebox” and was held in Wembly Stadium in London and in John F. Kennedy stadium in Philadelphia.  Bob Geldof and Midge Ure devised this performance as a way to raise money for a severe and ongoing famine in Ethiopia. Considering this purpose, there is a lot of controversy over the actual success of this event.

Misguided: The harsh truth is that for all those good intentions, these concerts have scarred a generation

SUCCESS

Approximately 72,000 people attended the England location’s concert and an estimated 100,000 people attended the United States’ concert. It also was one of the largest television broadcasts of all time with an audience of 1.9 billion watching from 150 nations. Overall, it lasted 16 hours and included many famous artists and bands such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Queen, Phil Collins, Madonna, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and more. Overall, this was approximated to generate as much as 250 million $. It has been referred to as “The greatest concert of all time” and praised as. “the standard by which other all-hands-on-deck rock and charity events are known.”

 

Here are some clips from the event!

 

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Led Zeppelin

 

David Bowie

 

Mick Jagger

 

Madonna

 

 

FAILURE

Unfortunately, much of the famine they were attempting to alleviate was caused by displacement from war and as a consequence of a violent government regime – not just insufficient quantities of food being grown. The aid workers sent to Africa ultimately ended up exchanging money at absurd rates that ultimately reinvigorated the oppressive government. Much of this cash flow, therefore, was put into the continued relocation of already starving people by the government. As many as 1/6 of those who were forced to make this journey are estimated to have died. While Live Aid did manage to feed many people it is entirely possible just as many, if not more, were killed as a consequence of the cash flow. A multitude of articles discussing these enormous flaws can easily be found online.

Here is an article that points out some more of the flaws of Live Aid from cracked.com.

 

In summation, this was essentially the Woodstock of the 1980’s and a huge success musically, however, as a charity it was, sadly, a complete failure.

Grease 2- the Humiliation

So this is a film class. We are watching a bunch of hits: Academy Award Nominees even, but what about the bombs of the 80’s? If we want to talk bad movies there is nothing that rivals the disappointment of Grease 2.

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Also known as the worst sequel ever made. Gone are the peppy gang and the heart winning hero and heroine. Instead we have some unmemorable performances from some unmemorable actors.

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First, lets talk sequels. Sequels are not always good… in fact sometimes they are so terrible it makes you cringe to even place them in any sort of juxtaposition with their originals. Their badness taints the original just by association.Grease 2 is a perfect example.

Did you know it existed? I didn’t until like two years ago, and I watched the original maybe five thousand times as a kid. I love that movie. My love for it is ridiculous. I found the sequel because it sometimes plays on Oxygen when they run out of romcoms people actually have an interest in seeing. Or maybe Lifetime. They are sort of interchangeable.

So the one thing 1982’s Grease 2 has going for it is Michelle Pfeiffer.

Returning characters include Frenchie, Eugene, the coach, the principal, and the diner waitress, the rival gang member…. not exactly the workings of a hit. So in this movie they basically reverse the roles and Sandy’s Australian cousin who is actually pretty hot… not John Travolta,but certainly more attractive than a lot of 80;s heart-throbs, tries to get himself a pink lady, Michelle Pfeiffer, by impersonating a motorcycle rider. You don’t need to know his name because after this movie, he dropped off the face of the Earth and went wherever once promising young actors go when they die.The film was a huge flop and ruined the rest of his life not to mention his career.

Highlights of the movie include robotic exchanges between the helmeted heart-throb and a bored Michelle Pfeiffer, and a luau pool party musical scene that is unrivaled in awfulness.

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If you move to the last few minutes of this clip you will see Michelle Pfeiffer singing. And the luau scene as well.

The big difference in the movie (besides the lack of great actors, convincing musical numbers, dancing ect.) is that the craze is all about motorcycles instead of cars. If there was a time machine I’m fairly certain this movie would have been unmade. Its sad and awful and makes me queasy.

Dance Innovations of the 80’s

So how did people dance in the 80’s? Dance movies from the eighties show us a plethora of styles– from the popping and locking in the final scene of Footloose to Jennifer Beal’s crazed frenzy in Flashdance to Johnny and Baby’s infamous mambo, the 80’s was all about dance.

A major trend that rose in popularity was “breaking” essentially breakdancing. We see it a bit in Footloose, but in reality it’s popularity corresponds with the rise of hip hop. When I think of break dancing I kind of picture this guy:

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You know: track suit, sweat band, ect. OR this guy:

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Repping Adidas, weird sunglasses reminiscent of Robocop, boom box the size of a school aged child. In fact everyone (as we can see from poor Willard’s pathetic attempts) was breaking in the eighties. They even made movies (yes plural) about it. Here is a clip from the timeless classic Breakin

Magical I know. Maybe its just me but that rapper bears an uncanny resemblance to Ice Cube…. or is it Ice T…. you know the detective in Law and Order SVU– the one TV show that makes me feel super old for loving it.

Another amazing dance trend in the 80’s was the roller dance. People put on fancy costumes like thisroll dance

and jumped and twirled about, and what’s even more bizarre is that this trend turned into this: the World Roller Skating Pairs Championships of 2013

People also enjoyed roller disco parties which I imagine to be like a drug crazed hippie party but with the added fun of unexplained bruises to go with the hangover.

In the eighties, people liked to “slam dance” especially to punk music.

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This is where the mosh pit seems to have originated from. I watched an instructional video on slam dancing. Essentially you have two choices: crouch low stick your arms out and walk in a weird criss-cross motion hopefully pushing people out of your way violently or you can stand in one spot and march lifting your knees really high and head down eyes closed….weird… or last but not least: you can “pogo” which is basically jumping up and down non-stop and maybe getting hit in the head by other “pogo”-ers. Fun Stuff.

So basically in the 80s there was dancing for everyone, but seemingly, dances that could cause serious bodily harm were especially popular. Whether you chose to scrape your face on concrete or asphalt break dancing, or shatter your ankle jumping into the air on roller skates, or even get a bloody nose slam dancing the 80s, dancing was an extreme sport.

 

 

Classic MJ

Just taking a look back at a classic of Michael Jackson also known as the King of Pop. True greatness. His voice, his dancing, his swagger are all put together in a stellar piece of work. This video was and is still one of the most popular videos in the world. Thriller has two grammy awards including Best Video Album and Best Video, long form. Thriller also won four MTV Awards including: Viewer’s Choice, Best Choreography, Best Overall Performance in a Video, and 100 Greatest Music Videos of all Time. This song and video is the hit of his album, also called Thriller.

This video was filmed in in Los Angeles at the Palace Theatre. The budget for the video was 500,000 dollars; pretty pricy back in that time era. Thriller sold nine million units which makes for a great profit and a huge success. The album “Thriller” sold over 50 million copies internationally.

Michael Jackson is such an inspiring artist and musician. The way he presents himself, not only in this video, but in all his videos and performances is truly the best. If you’ve never heard his music or seen him perform, live or online, you must take it back and catch up on your Michael Jackson knowledge. You’ve missed out on a lot of great music.

He was the face of pop culture for over four decades because of his dancing, singing, and fashion. Everyone wanted to be like him, dress like him, dance like him, people wanted to be just like Michael Jackson.

You can thank me later for showing you this wonderful piece of work. I know that you all will enjoy it. And for those who already have seen it, there is no harm in watching it again!

It is a must see; just take thirteen minutes out of your busy day, sit back, and watch greatness at work.

Check this video out!

Top ten songs of the 80’s

There were many different songs that came out during the 80’s and few were able to make the top ten of the 80’s. The following list is each song and the artist.

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  1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  2. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  3. I’ve been Losing You by A-ha
  4. Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N Roses
  5. Beat It by Michael Jackson
  6. Alone by Heart
  7. Take On Me, by A-Ha
  8. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  9. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  10. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

I thought it was very interesting to see how a lot of these songs from the 80s all have remained popular today. They are available via iTunes and I see them on commercials, movies, and shows all the time. When I looked through the list I realized that I knew the majority of these songs but couldn’t pinpoint exactly the first time I heard any of them. It seems I grew up with these songs and they have become a part of the popular culture.

 

I’m also not surprised that Michael Jackson has two of the top ten songs on this list; his music is some of the most recognized throughout the world. Even though he is not alive, he is still the number one biggest selling artist in the world, holding the record for the most number of record sales (more than 51 million records) for his Thriller album. He is commonly referred to as the “King of Pop” and is one of the most well-known artists out there—the dances and performances he had are still popular today and people still try to learn his moonwalk and dance moves.

 

 

“The Game” 1980 album by Queen

One of my favorite bands that was popular in the 1980’s is Queen. Therefore, I decided to listen to one of their first albums released during this time period. I found the album, The Game, which was released in the year 1980. I discovered that this album contained a handful of their most successful hits of their career. For example, it had the song (1) Crazy Little Thing Called Love, (2) Play the Game and (3) Another One Bites The Dust.

I read further into the history of the band while simultaneously enjoying the music from the album. I discovered several new facts about this album and the band through an article in the New York Times called “Freddie Mercury, 45, Lead Singer Of the Rock Band Queen, Is Dead” which honors Freddie Mercury after his death.

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/11/25/arts/freddie-mercury-45-lead-singer-of-the-rock-band-queen-is-dead.html

For instance, this article remarked that the song Another One Bites The Dust from this album achieved the place of #1 on the pop-singles chart. I also learned that the peak of their popularity lasted from 1975-1980. This means that the album which I chose to listen to, The Game, was on the tail end of their fame.

 

Many of the songs from this album combine aspects of hard-rock, a bit of pop, some metal and occasionally a bit of opera. The songs featured strong underlying beats, such as in (4) Dragon Attack. This was done using mostly guitars and drums for accompaniment in this song. While the melody, on the other hand, was carried along with electric guitar and vocals.

While a lot of the songs were familiar to me from previously listening to an album that contained their greatest hits, I was happy to discover a few new songs I enjoyed as well. For instance, I really enjoyed one song called (5) Sail Away Sweet Sister. Discovering these new songs has inspired me look into more Queen albums in hopes of uncovering other treasures which I have not yet had the pleasure of uncovering.

 

Also, just because this is possibly my favorite meme ever and it relates to Queen….

Bohemian Rhapsody in memes.