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1980's Sidestream Songwriting Jukebox-Portal
Old 15th June 2015
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1980's Sidestream Songwriting Jukebox-Portal

This thread is a time machine constructed for the purpose of revisiting and reimagining the 1980's songwriting scene, an alternate reality one in which the more obscure sidestream charters miraculously manage to out-perform the mainstream blockbusters (as we know them through mainstream media hindsight. Huge overplayed hit songs like 'You Spin Me Round', 'I Ran', 'Every Time You Go Away', 'Born in the U.S.A', 'All Night Long', 'Livin' On A Prayer', 'Beat It', 'Eye Of The Tiger', 'Total Eclipse of The Heart', 'Like A Virgin', 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go', 'Tainted Love', etc.) Those songs tend to greatly and unfairly overshadow many lesser known songs, so this thread is to emphasize the underrated, underappreciated underdogs in order to let them escape from the shadows of the collective memory giants.

The songs in this thread show a tremendous amount of variety and free creativity in the area of songwriting fundamentals (rhythms, chords, harmonies, melodies, lyrics, poetry), so this thread aims to serve up as much of that as possible, for songwriting inspiration, influence, enlightenment, resources, references, compositional details and overall creative-artistic energy. In terms of sonics and production power they might sound weaker than the common standard of today, so turning up the volume along with a slight bass/sub-bass boost is recommended.

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To start things off, a rather upbeat jazz-pop tune with plenty of depth in arrangement, composition - a killer bass line - and a rather organic funk-pop feel for real. The song moves and grooves without hesitation and comes packaged with plenty of instrumental orchestration (and ornamentation).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLetyIPrbEc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-BDbIrqbj8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3MFbhwfEXU


That is part of the 1980's sidestream trip for sure.

Last edited by eldon2975; 1st November 2015 at 12:06 AM..
Old 15th June 2015
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To start things off, a rather upbeat jazz-pop tune with plenty of depth in arrangement, composition - a killer bass line - and a rather organic funk-pop feel for real. The song moves and grooves without hesitation and comes packaged with plenty of instrumental orchestration (and ornamentation).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLetyIPrbEc

Comment is right on!!
Old 16th June 2015
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1980's alternate history continues - a strange world in which underrated sidestream chartflirters outperform the international top 10 megasmashers.

In the following, we have Ghoul vs. Curlypuffytop - both delivering songs which are ridiculously crafty, thematic & expressively unrestrained, yet, the 2 songs are universes away in terms of stylistic aesthetic manifestation and mood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQZQnrUZBW8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH8YDL1HGrE
Old 17th June 2015
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Chapter 2 is where things get a little weird and complicated from a songwriting standpoint.

The 1980's was king of strange styles, quirky vocals and idiosyncratic songwriting. The non-conformity knew no bounds, as bands were answering only to their own creative autonomy and aesthetic planet. Many compositional detours, section changes, thematic twists and turns with uniquely & intricately crafted rhythmic/harmonic/melodic details around every corner. Sophisticated depth is this 1980's sidestream art-pop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYq4OZYqF1E


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLJTpsvRNg0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1QwUqflZBE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpyNH1_3gE8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBBmktXyvPs
Old 22nd June 2015
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Chapter 3 of the 1980's sidestream revisitation commences and we find the material to be more simple, stable and accessible. The chords, melodies, rhythms, song structure and sonics become more grounded in conventionality, less related to esoteric exploration and thus more suitable for smooth, familiar, easy, unprovocative mass consumption.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlK3Pqoe-QQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGSoOPlO7s8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQqyNALIFl8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqrHRwiCrQE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_zjBYi-2nM
Old 29th June 2015
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The alternate route 1980's tour trip is back with chapter 4, and things become layered in their complexities.

When the unorthodox becomes mainstream, it is the exception and not the rule.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aca77Je7Jms


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fXrRgEKdZk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-legaFvTlI4


One can always blame not so plain Jane.

"Is it lasting?"
And in asking,
The sphere becomes a line.
A dotted line,
And to follow it,
You must make a jump each time.

A dotted page,
A dotted hillside,
A blast of dots.
A blind reader,
A flock of sheep,
A blast of trumpet shots.

Here - all we have here is sky.
All the sky is is blue.
All that blue is is one more colour now.

A basket of apples,
By the back door,
Beneath the sweater pegs.
The autumn leaves,
Lift along the street,
A pair of dancing legs.

Same as the vendor,
Who likes to sing,
As loudly as he can.
And all he says is,
It suits me fine,
That's the way I am.

Here - all we have here...

I've seen this thing you won't believe,
Why it's big - bigger than the biggest trees,
High as the mountains,
Wide as the widest skies,
(and that's both sides),
Well - at least as big as me.

Speak a little softer,
Work a little harder,
Shoot less with more care.
Sing a little sweeter,
And love a little longer,
And soon you will be there.

Here - all we have here is sky.
All the sky is is blue.
All that blue is is one more colour now.

These are some reasons,
And same as the seasons,
They hold and then they fly.
The goatless ledge,
'neath the honkless geese,
In the speckless sky.
The speckless sky.
I hear you.
I hear you.
I hear you.
Old 5th July 2015
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This chapter of unexpected exceptions continues ... odd moments in 1980's songwriting/songcharting history when progressive & elaborate sidestream songcraft miraculously 'outperforms' the ones traditionallly deemed more 'fit' for effortless mass consumption. On paper, these 5 songs were just too obscure, too complex, 'out there' and over-involved to be international blockbusters.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bTuG4zCnhY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBxkS4ZegX0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELU3cGUyssY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRBvpViOEPA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6ZBD4q4mpI
Old 9th July 2015
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This chapter of unexpected exceptions continues ... odd moments in 1980's songwriting/songcharting history when progressive & elaborate sidestream songcraft miraculously 'outperforms' the ones traditionallly deemed more 'fit' for effortless mass consumption. On paper, these 5 songs were just too obscure, too complex, 'out there' and over-involved to be international blockbusters.
What are you on about? Most of these songs WERE international radio hits...
Old 10th July 2015
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What are you on about? Most of these songs WERE international radio hits...
All were out-performed in the documented charting by their competitiors, the international smash hit *blockbusters* (songs like this : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bette_Davis_Eyes ). IOW, these songs didn't have what it took commercially speaking to dominate as the *best of the best* (top of the heap) did, but considering their often notey, idiosyncratic, erratic & esoteric artcraft, they did quite well. The sidestream does overlap/intermingle with the mainstream, so there are blurred lines involved.

Chapter 4 of this 1980's sidestream tour does have songs which charted a bit higher than typical sidestreamers though. Chapter 5 will get back to normal sidestream chartflirt.


Cheers !
Old 12th July 2015
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Old 17th July 2015
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The first 2 have natural/sensual new wave singers, and detouring bridges which are glorious zingers.

The last song features an artistic/creative superhuman, doing an underrated song with a very simple minimalist loop as an harmonic pattern/foundation - but the melodic theme springboards and catapults off of it magnificently with numerous imaginative & inspired variations and tons of dynamically interactive groove-work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azr2ooLlfzQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOtNaBx-eSc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBIW_Gzu_JI
Old 18th July 2015
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These 3 songs have a dense & heavy groove featuring prominent basslines, smooth vocals, rhythmic depth and jazzy harmonic craftsmanship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw4GTe2OQgk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzxwZ6wjDAM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk3ip96lAa4
Old 20th July 2015
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In chapter 5 of this 1980's alternate route tour, the sub-champions are back with a vengeance : flying under the radar, employing scuba sonar and the (tremendously underrated) invisible sidestream laser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48FxS0IaAzs


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0pgYuQ8nc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9tvLrWG1mk
Old 23rd July 2015
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That's a lot of youtube videos. Not putting off writing any music are you? hehheh
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