Picked up two CDs from the $5 bin at FRY’s today (which is HUGE and has many treasures), both from the 1980s.
Darryl Hall and John Oates‘ Voices has been a favorite of mine since I bought it in 1980 at the age of 9.
The other, Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s Soul to Soul, which was a huge LP for me when it came out 1985 and my band I’m in now can play the whole LP as a set (see Electric Stevieland).
I love both CDs—they just didn’t make the upgrade to CD…or to the car once the cassette deck went away.
The liner notes from SRV are a celebration of the Texas guitarist hitting the big time as part of a blues revival (Cray, T-Birds, Thorogood, etc) and keeping true to Texas blues roots—the words “the ’80s” are never used.
In their liner notes, Hall and Oates on the other hand mostly apologize for all things 1980s. Not sure why, the ’80s were pretty good for them! Cause its dated? X-static from ’78 is way more dated sounding but ’70s—a time that we have forgiven for its sins.
Question: Is “well it WAS the ’80s” a legit excuse for any musician/band/song/album?
Do any artists get an “’80s pass”?
Is there such thing as a “’90s pass?” A “’70s pass”?
A crapbuger record is bad because its bad. (Loverboy is Loverboy’s fault, not the producer or stylist’s.) It’s not all trends, fashion and production is it? Knowing when to say when is part of your artistic (or at least stylistic) integrity, right?<
The ’80s did not force itself on you (or did it) any more than that bandana and parachute pants combination did.
PS – Hall and Oates did have a Bad and Dated release: 1988 Ooh! Yeah! Sounded like it was stuck in 1986!!! The next one they went back to early ’70s soul and it was like the 1980s never happened.