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post #46 of 84
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Originally Posted by Augustus Medici View Post
Wow it sounds like music played a huge part. I don't understand how everybody could be listening to so much music without the use of mp3s and P2P networks? Was music a significant factor in your daily budget?

That's where nearly all of my disposable money went...to records. And without internet, part of the thrill was finally finding a certain record you'd been looking for months. And without email, I'd write labels, get a xeroxed "catalog", send them some money wrapped in tin foil, wait a few weeks/months, do a lot of hoping, then finally get a package one day. Needless to say, mix tapes were all the rage...trading with your friends back and forth.

Hanging out, listening to records, fighting, going to gigs.....the 80s fucking ruled. It's amazing how little has changed since then, as far as how I live my life. It's still about hanging out, listening to records, going to gigs, finding the right sartorial gear (back then it was scouring old tennis shops for Fred Perry shirts that were always too big)....just a bit less fighting (havent been punched in the face in 4 years!!)
post #47 of 84
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
That's where nearly all of my disposable money went...to records. And without internet, part of the thrill was finally finding a certain record you'd been looking for months. And without email, I'd write labels, get a xeroxed "catalog", send them some money wrapped in tin foil, wait a few weeks/months, do a lot of hoping, then finally get a package one day. Needless to say, mix tapes were all the rage...trading with your friends back and forth.

Hanging out, listening to records, fighting, going to gigs.....the 80s fucking ruled. It's amazing how little has changed since then, as far as how I live my life. It's still about hanging out, listening to records, going to gigs, finding the right sartorial gear (back then it was scouring old tennis shops for Fred Perry shirts that were always too big)....just a bit less fighting (havent been punched in the face in 4 years!!)

Yeah buying and trading records then was awesome. The build-up, the hunt and the anticipation makes listening to that rare Japanese market record or bootleg cassette tape doubly enjoyable. Same goes for underground videotapes. I remember the early days of MTV and someone would record them and send them over to video rental stores here.
post #48 of 84
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
I think that it depends where you were. In the 80s Los Angeles was a great place to be, as was New York. Washington DC was hit so hard by the crack epidemic and San Francisco by AIDS that they felt like a completely different world than NY and DC.

The music was very good, not so good compared to the 60s and 70s, but excellent compared to the 90s. Unfortunately, Milli Vanilli was from the 80s rather than the 90s, but that is just a random black mark.

It definitely depends where you were in DC in the 80's, too. The music and club scene was amazing; the original 9:30 club was in its prime, and we had Bad Brains, Gov't Issue, Minor Threat, and so many other great bands--punk, new wave, 'alternative' of all sorts. DC Space...The Back Alley...and Club Random, a traveling club (the owner of which went on to open The Big Hunt, 15 Minutes, Planet Fred--which is now Lucky Bar, I think). BBQ Iguana, owned by the band Hyaa! which didn't have a liquor license, so you were given a cup at the door, and had to pour your own beer from a tap in the wall. Live Soul music at the Vegas Lounge. The 80's and early 90's were the pre-Stepford days of DC, before developers came in and started razing everything. It was a great time to be there!
post #49 of 84
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
My anthem growing up in the 80s..."Creatures" by The Adolescents

A whole new tangent to this thread: What was your 80s anthem?

Mine: Scritti Politti's Perfect Way.

It was the perfect pop song and one line said it all: "I've got the perfect way to make the girls go crazy." Now, looking back 20 years, I may have missed the point of the song. Full lyrics below.

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I took a backseat, a backhander, I took her back to her room
I better get back to the basics for you
You gotta conscience, compassion, you got away with the word
You gotta heartful of complacency too

I don't have a purpose, omission, I'm empty by definition,
I got a lack girl that you'd love to be
You wanna diva, a deduction, you wanna do what they do
You wanna do damage that you can undo

Apart from everyone away from your love
A part of me belongs apart of all of the hurt above

I got a perfect way to make a new proposition
I got a perfect way to make a justification
I got a perfect way to make a certain a maybe
I got a perfect way to make the girls go crazy

I took a day job, amendment, I took a liking to you,
I took a page out of my rule book for you
You wanna message, a confession, you wanna martyr me too
You wanna margin of error for two

Maybe tomorrow, the next letter, or when the weather gets better
I've got to wait here for your moon to turn blue
I made an offer, an exception, I made a sense out of you
You took a good look at your book but I knew

In times of tenderness in terms baby so true
Until such times as I can understand all the things that you do

I got a perfect way to make a new proposition
I got a perfect way to make a justification
I got a prfect way to make a certain a maybe
I got a perfect way to make the girls go crazy

Want to forgive you for all the things that you do
Wanna forget how to remember with you
Maybe tomorow the next letter or when the weather gets better
I've got to wait here for your moon to turn blue

Apart from everyone away from your love
A part of me belongs apart of all of the hurt above

I got a perfect way to make a new proposition
I got a perfect way to make a justification
I got a prfect way to make a certain a maybe
I got a perfect way to make the girls go crazy
post #50 of 84
Great post Faded501s. Brings back a lot of memories. Rubiks cube was awesome.

My taste in music was eclectic. The Police, AC-DC, and of course:



As a teen, movies like The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire were big hits.

The lack of cellphones, internet and MP3... made growing up different. Things took more time. There was less immediate and instant communication\\gratification as today.
post #51 of 84
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
Worldwise, I remember being afraid of dying in a nuclear war..esp after the mindfuck tv movie "The Day After"

Do you remember "Threads"? It was a British made movie with the same theme. Even more depressing.

There was a lot of bad music that came out of the 80's (your Wingers, Warrants, etc.), but there was some really good stuff, too, a lot of which has been mentioned in this thread. I had forgotten about Oingo Boingo - they were great and Danny Elfman has carved out a really nice career for himself since then. It was also fun to be around for the birth of MTV. The videos were a blast.
post #52 of 84
My memories of the 80's are pretty tame, but then again I was only 12 in 1989.

Looking back, what I mostly remember about the 80's, besides my elementary and middle school years, was pop culture (music, tv, movies). It really was quite tame and music and movies were very formulaic. Other than that, it was a time of general prosperity, the triumph of western capitalism, etc. I remember the the fall of the Berlin Wall when I was too young to appreciate its significance. Overall happy times.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980%27s
post #53 of 84
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
A whole new tangent to this thread: What was your 80s anthem?

I think for me and my friends it was:


You guys are killing me. Jeez. I can't believe I didn't remember Thriller! Still one of my favorites of all time along with some of that crazy 70's music like The Bee Gees.

And I think the birth of hip-hop was in the 80's with Grandmaster Funk and that whole scene. Julio "Jumpin" Perez and all of those BMX guys were doing "dance mixes" here in Chicago (that I think were pretty much brought from the NYC club scene) that eventually became house music. This eventually morphed into that techno-drivel being played at the E-tard clubs of today. A lot of acid-jazz type of music was playing in some of the clubs. The 80's were all over...from Michael Jackson to Metallica. And let us not forget...


Walk Like an Egyptian
post #54 of 84
in constant rotation:
Echo / Bunnymen
Joy Div /NO
Killing Joke
early industrial, Foetus, Neubauten, Ministry

all went out when I dumped my casettes-
now, in fits of nostalgia I dig em up on itunes.
post #55 of 84
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
A whole new tangent to this thread: What was your 80s anthem?

Mine: Scritti Politti's Perfect Way.


It's still mine.

Gartside's voice is so silky, creamy, uncanny.

He wanted to be a marxist revolutionary and then somehow became a pop star, at least for that moment.

Just released his first album in forever. Even did a gig:

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/stor...682443,00.html
post #56 of 84
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Originally Posted by mack11211 View Post
It's still mine.

Gartside's voice is so silky, creamy, uncanny.

Just released his first album in forever. Even did a gig:



Yeah, and my wife hates his voice. I just don't get it.

Not the first album in "forever," though, I have to say.

I thought Anomie, Bonhomie from 2001 (?) was quite good.

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post #57 of 84


Was the Bomb

Also some great releases by The Police.




post #58 of 84
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post
Yeah, and my wife hates his voice. I just don't get it.

Not the first album in "forever," though, I have to say.

I thought Anomie, Bonhomie from 2001 (?) was quite good.

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I have that one too. Forgot.

The hip hop collabs has not aged so well, but his own tracks are as good as ever.
post #59 of 84
these records were the soundtrack of my teen years





*to show how it's stood the test of time, those records are still the soundtrack of *those kind of* kids today
post #60 of 84
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Originally Posted by Augustus Medici View Post
Haha I was born in '84 so any memories I can recall are all post '91.


You can't remember anything before you turned 7 years old?
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