Originally Posted by rksguit
T.Dolby,A.Lennox,Duran Duran,U2,Madonna,and horror of horrors Simply Red.....Awful music,Awful Sounds.........The rest,had their moments[especially the Police/Pretenders before James Honeyman Scott died]but basically,this list has a majority of why the OP started this thread.
I suppose I am a bit of an anomaly, I can enjoy Annie Lennox, Police, Prince, The Pretenders and The Cure and also , Jean Michel Jarre, Count Basie, Led Zeppelin, Burt Bacharach, Stone Temple Pilots to Peggy Lee and Rachmaninov.
I'm not particularly attached to 80's music but I do keep in mind that every era and every genre has its gems and plenty of em.
I can understand somebody not liking the sound of a decade for I am not fond of the sound of the last decade... Layered, auto-tuned, crafted, over compressed and gridlocked with very little soul, air, dynamics or nuance. Even still I recognize that there are lots of great songs that emerged thru the muck.
The important thing is variety and musicality. Even more than sound... and I am extremely discerning with timbre and tone.
No doubt there was some bad sound in the 80's but that era brought us AC-DC, The Pretenders and Kings X. Personally, I think those three acts are the pinnacle of rock music and sound. I can imagine a kid today listening to those three acts and asking... why does 80's music sound so good.
PS. You can listen to some old Louis Armstrong or Art Tatum records and the sound may seem limited relative to today's standard, but don't let that dissuade you from enjoying the great music that they created.