Joe Moran reflects on the 1980s:
"We like to give decades a uniform character as they retreat into history, safely burying the past by turning it into retro kitsch. The Observing the 1980s project is valuable because it does not treat the decade like this, as a story we already know the ending to. Instead it becomes an era of still-to-be-decided tensions and possibilities - one in which people sincerely people that David Steel might be prime minister (“my pin-up!” says one Mass Observer), that Margaret Thatcher might lose an election, or that the neo-liberal economic revolution might still be reversed. How I miss that sense of earnestness – and I mean that without a trace of irony." [more inside]
posted by Gilgongo
on Feb 27, 2013 -
Préludes Op. 28 by Chopin, played live by Vladimir Ashkenazy. This must have been recorded around 1980, when he was touring with these pieces. No. 1-6 [more inside]
posted by Namlit
on Oct 28, 2011 -
It's a nice day for a KRULL WEDDING.
Back in 1983, a dozen lucky couples were married as a promotion for the 1983 scifi swashbuckler Krull. This is weird enough, but what's even more baffling is that Columbia Pictures scheduled this wedding before Krull even came out.
posted by Strawman
on Aug 19, 2010 -
In 1989, Hollywood heavy metal band Rock Sugar was stranded on a desert island. For the last twenty years, the only music they had to listen to was the 80's pop CD collection of a 13 year old girl. And now, Rock Sugar has come home
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Feb 15, 2010 -
80's ROCK IS DEAD (LONG LIVE 80'S ROCK)
Holy crap, I saw an ad on the teevee for a new BOSTON album called Corporate America
. A new Boston album!
A self-described "in your face" indictment of big business and what it is doing to our world. You'll be comforted to know that the music is still way overproduced and the political content has all the impact of Mike + the Mechanics "Silent Running." In other words — don't change a thing! It turns out all the big 80's rockers have 2002 albums, even the little king himself: Phil Collins. Testify
. I'll be damned if one of his new songs doesn't sound like "Take Me Home (Redux)." Def Leppard's "X"
? Same. Poison's "Hollyweird"
? Same! Poison even does a party rock version of The Who's "Squeeze Box." Wonderful. Bon Jovi
, Robert Plant
— what year is this again? Who cares. Let's rock. As soon as this Family Ties
posted by Dok Millennium
on Oct 31, 2002 -
A taste of Nostalgia...
while it's not really an informative MeFi posted link, the list of commercials brings back memories. It's too bad there aren't any clips. Are any of these familiar to you?
posted by Cavatica
on Mar 23, 2001 -
I found this site's list of 90's remakes
at hack the planet
. Having grown up in the eighties, I knew about half these songs were remakes from my childhood, but since I was a wee boy for much of the 70's, I didn't know some of today's songs were redone oldies. The coolest thing about this list is I could find any interesting songs as mp3 using napster
. Every search resulted in a successful download. Even the Cure's 'Love Song' done by Tori Amos on the radio was on my hard drive a minute after I read about it on that page.
posted by mathowie
on Nov 15, 1999 -