Let’s face it: we were all rather tired of it by the time the 80’s ended. And ever since, it’s been fashionable to look back on that decade with disdain.
But there was some great music in the 80’s. Not the Euro-pop synth stuff. Not the disco with no soul stuff. But great guitar-based rock. We got:
- The rebirth of rock ‘n’ roll from New Wavers such as U2, The Pretenders, The Police, Elvis Costello, and The Cars;
- A continuation of what came to be known as Classic Rock by the likes of Tom Petty, Midnight Oil, Dire Straits, Deff Leppard, and The Cult;
- Some great reminders by Classic Rockers like Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, The Stones, ZZ Top, Pete Townshend and George Harrison that they were far from ready to hang up their guns.
- Oh, and guys like Colin James and Stevie Ray Vaughan came along to carry the flag for ball busting blues guitar. Oh ya, and AC/DC also had their best decade.
You reflect on the music noted above and it’s pretty easy to forget about all that spandex and those strap-on keyboards. We were handed a lot of music that didn’t age well, but we were also given some brass in pocket.