When the Lights Go Down in the City

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What is it with 80’s bands that make them so popular with people now? I mean, I always liked Journey and there were certainly bands in the 80’s I enjoyed, but there doesn’t seem to be the nostalgia with the 70’s in my generation as there is with the 80’s for Gen Y.


There are “classic rock” stations, but they cover 60’s, 70’s and now even 80’s. I always thought of those stations as for people born in the early 60’s who just missed the hippe era.

My mom likes the “oldies” stations that play stuff from the 50’s and 60’s. Now, there are 80’s stations who, of course, play the hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s but mainly focus on the 80’s. Yet, the majority of the music in the 80’s blew big dog chunks.

There were some brilliant things done during that decade too, but the transition from analog to digital was painfully obvious at times and the cheese factor was tremendously high.

That isn’t to say that You Light Up My Life and The Streak weren’t crap-o-rama 70’s style. But, at least everyone knew it sucked. Trying to argue that Depeche Mode or the Thompson Twins were hugely influential in the development of music is like trying to argue that cotton candy should be put at the top of the food pyramid. Nothing wrong with a little spun sugar now and then, but don’t try to tell me it is good for me.


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