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Music: What song epitomizes the 1980's.

Unread postby FUDU » Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:43 pm

Without getting into a whole "what's the best song" of the 80's thing (it is really impossible to narrow something like that down) what song do you think epitomizes the 80's the best?

This should be interesting b/c one's POV of the decade will impact whether this choice of song is a good song, great song or even just flat out horrible song.

For me I am leanign towards Jump from Van Halen.
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Unread postby swerb » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:31 pm

Springsteen, Glory Days
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Unread postby sandlot33 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:25 pm

Guns N Roses

Sweet Child O' Mine
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Unread postby Fixedgearrider » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:18 pm

Cocaine?
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Unread postby jfiling » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:32 pm

Great topic question, because before I even clicked on the thread "Jump" came to mind.

Honestly, though, I might say "Shout" by Tears For Fears or "Freedom" by George Michaels really hit the decade as well.
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Unread postby Spin » Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:00 pm

"We're not going to take it. NOOOO!!!! We aint gonna take it!!! We're not going to take it, ANYMORE!!!"

It wasn't my favorite song, not even my favorite Twisted Sister song (The Price) but it spoke for the whole teenage generation. Hair, guitars, screaming, those were the days. I was more a Cinderella man meself.

In Akron, local hero Chrissy Hynde's "I'm Special" (although nobody knows what the hell she's saying) and "Back in Ohio" were the big thing. Devo wasn't as popular so it was the "Pride of Firestong High" that everyone was nuts about. I need to get up to the rock hall and see her exibit one day.
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Unread postby consigliere » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:20 pm

When I think of the 80s, five albums come to mind: Thriller, Appetite For Destruction, Purple Rain, Hysteria, and Slippery When Wet. Easily, to me, the staple of the decade (besides Madonna and Whitney for the chicks).

One song is tough....Billie Jean, Livin On A Prayer, Pour Some Sugar On Me, and others. Gotta say Don't Stop Believin for me....huge Journey fan as a kid.
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Unread postby Spin » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:03 pm

Nobody's mentioned the Cleveland radio staple MSB and "My Town".

"Somwhere in the Night". "Lover".

"All you get to keep are the memories, you gotta make the good ones last"

"Jump" by Van Halen would be on my list of all time rock songs.
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:04 pm

Swerb wrote:Springsteen, Glory Days


Seconded.

A few of Michael Jackson's hits used to be like that for me, but my taste has changed since then.

I Melt With You by Modern English also represents the decade well, at least musically.
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Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:48 am

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
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Tears for Fears - Everybody wants to rule the world


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Unread postby FUDU » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:40 pm

Man lot of good suggestions here, hard to argue with any of them.

I think a Madonna song could also fit here as well.

Run DMC with Aerosmith Walk This Way.
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Unread postby Apex777 » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:22 pm

Spin wrote:Nobody's mentioned the Cleveland radio staple MSB and "My Town".

"Somwhere in the Night". "Lover".

"All you get to keep are the memories, you gotta make the good ones last"

"Jump" by Van Halen would be on my list of all time rock songs.


Great to see that someone else thought of Michael Stanley's "My Town" a Cleveland and NE Ohio anthem.
Best thing about Michael Stanley is that he's STILL putting out excellent music. 8) :cool: 8-)
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Unread postby Stolliosis » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:36 am

I think I have to go with this one:

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Unread postby HoodooMan » Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:29 pm

I think I have to go with this one:

Close, but not quite there.

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Unread postby General » Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:54 pm

"One thing leads to Another" Can't remember the name of the band because of the parfait glasses of Long Island Teas we had trolling the fertile fishing grounds of Waikiki Beach. Maybe "The Fixx". I don't know...lot's of cash and brain cells ended up being left behind on the royal isle.
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Unread postby dmiles » Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:11 pm

When I think 80s music what generally comes to mind is Euro sort of techno pop. Depeche Mode, Erasure, and then oddities like Dexy's Midnight Runners and Wang Chung.

Now in practice I used to really like "the boss" but now I am just in shut up and sing mode, and really don't care to hear what he thinks. In that genre, I much prefer Bob Seger, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty to Springsteen. Realistically my favorite Springsteen stuff was 70s anyway.

Also for awhile at least metal in the 80s was pretty damn good until it got "Poisoned", "White Lioned", and "Europed" to death. My kids love Motley Crue, and they have a lot of songs I can dig...

So I think of the 80s, as being two categories, 80s Metal, and 80's music.

In this sense a typical 80s song might be "it's my life" by talk-talk, or "take on me", by Aha. Catchy little pop tunes. One thing I noticed about the british versions of these pop tunes was that the singer didn't feel the need to go super high, as in metal or certain other pop songs. Some stuff is pretty lasting such as A Flock of Seagulls. Who can forget such manly acts as Pet Shop Boys, and Spandau Ballet.

I still listen to a lot of 80s stuff.
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