Dakota: Well, I still say the 80s didn't have a greater share of duds than any other decade. Â REM, U2, Dire Straits, Tears for Fears, John Hiatt, Tom Waits (put out some good stuff then), Sting, Thriller (MJ's best), Bonnie Raitt, UB40, Ziggy Marley, et al.
I don't think of either REM or U2 as 80s bands, even though both were obviously in action then. And I don't think Dire Straits (or more accurately Mark Knopfler) was insignificant. I am ambivalent toward Sting. I listen to UB40 when I'm in a summertime get-drunk party kind of mood. And Bonnie Raitt has put out two very, very good albums. Other than as a soundtrack for a trip down memory (be that as it may) lane, I still find the typical 80s acts (Tears for Fears, Level 42, Starship et al) as entirely disposable. Sorry, we'll just have to disagree on that point. (edit) I am not averse to pretentious, disposable music. I am listening to the "best" of Emerson, Lake and Palmer as I write this.