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									Music of the 1980’s

1980 Hit Songs
with You  Crazy Little Thing Called Love  Coming Up  Funkytown
 Rock

 It's

Still Rock and Roll to Me  Lost in Love  Do That to Me One More Time

Grammy Awards

 Sailing:

Christopher Cross-

record  Christopher Cross- Album  Sailing: song

 Disco

continued to sell well in

1980 Songs like Blondie's "Call Me"  Diana Ross "Upside Down"  Irene Cara "Fame"

 Listeners

tastes were changing

though  Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Bob Seger were all becoming popular  Captain and Tennille: "Do That to Me One More Time"

 Kenny

Roger "Lady"  Christopher Cross "Sailing"---these were "mushy" ballads that were also very popular

 The

Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" became the first rap record to make the Top Hundred (peaked at #36)

 Digitally

recorded LP's were widely marketed for the first time  Introduction of the Sony Walkman (portable stereo)

 The

Walkman changed the listening habits of the entire country  Single handedly responsible for the boom in cassette sales during the early 80's

 New

generation was discovering Jim Morrison and The Doors (thanks to the movie Apocalype Now because it used the song "The End" in it)

 Morrison

became a popular icon- Rolling Stone Magazine did a cover story on him  Headline: "He's Hot. He's Sexy. He's Dead."

 John

Lennon: assassinated in New York City by mental patient  Mark David Chapman

 Lady

Over  Kiss on My List  9 to 5  Take It On the Run

 Starting

 Morning

Train  Slow Hand

Grammy Awards

 Bette

Davis Eyes: Kim Carnesrecord  Double Fantasy: John Lennon, Yoko One- album  Bette Davis Eyes: song

 MTV:

all music video cable channel that was relatively commercial free  Debut was with Buggles' song "Video Killed the Radio Star"  Immediate sensation

 Bars

drew in extra business by hanging a sign out that said "We have MTV"  Original veejays were: Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, JJ Jackson, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood

 Channel

was originally dominated by English artists, because American artists were not in the habit of making videos  Many critics noticed a lack of black artists

 Disco

backlash: many white record buyers were considering anything black to be "disco"  Black recording artists were having a tough time crossing over into the pop world

 Rick

James: Top 20 hit with "Super Freak"---couldn't get the video played on MTV

 Prince:

"Controversy" album--was booed off stage while opening for Rolling Stones at the LA Coliseum

 Only

two records by black artists topped the charts in 1981: Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" and "Celebration"  Blondie experimented with rap in "Rapture"

 White

America was still wanting: REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey and pop country Eddie Rabbit and Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hall and John Oates--


Styx and Hall & Oates

 Also:

Rick Springfield: Australian actor and musician  Fluke hit in 1972 with "Speak to the Sky"  One of America's leading heartthrobs

 Had

a regular role as Dr. Noah Drake on soap opera General Hospital

 Olivia

Newton-John: "Physical"  Christopher Cross: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

 Any

Day Now  Jack and Diane  Abracadabra  Hard to Say I'm Sorry  Gloria


Can't Go for That  Hurts So Good

Grammy Awards

 Rosanna:

Toto-record  Toto IV: Toto- album  Always on My Mind- song

 Independent

film: Wild Style came out this year  Explored rap music, breakdancing, and graffiti art scenes in the black community of New York's South Bronx

 Grandmaster

Flash and the Furious Five- rap act that appeared in the movie  They released single called "The Message"

 First

rap hit to comment on the social issues and pressures facing urban blacks

 Not

a huge pop hit, but crossed over just enough to start getting white people to see that something was starting to develop in the ghettos of America

 Pretty

dull year for American

music:  Hall and Oates and Lionel Richie dominated the charts  John Cougar starting to become popular

 Steve

Miller and Chicago still popular from the 1970's  Joan Jett brought real rock and roll to the charts

 The

Blasters and The Stray Cats were popular among American kids too  The Go-Go's: products of LA punk scene

 Frank

Zappa: he and daughter Moon Unit did "Valley Girl"  Used "valspeaking" residents of LA and gave him the biggest hit of his career


chauffeur Scott Thorson had been his companion  Filed a lawsuit against Liberace- wanted his belongings back  Liberace denied being homosexual

 his

 Joan

Jett and The Blackhearts: "I Love Rock N Roll"  Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder: "Ebony and Ivory"

 Survivor:

"Eye of the Tiger"  J. Geils Band: "Centerfold"  Daryl Hall and John Oates: "Maneater"

 Down

Under  Billie Jean  Every Breath You Take  Maniac

 Total

Eclipse of the Heart  Say, Say, Say  Islands in the Stream

Grammy Awards

 Beat

It, Michael Jacksonrecord  Thriller: Michael Jacksonalbum  Every Breath You Take- song

 Michael

Jackson: Off the Wall had been a huge hit in 1979  Came out with Thriller this year

 Had

6 Top Ten hits on it:  "Billie Jean"  "Beat It"  "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin"  "Human Nature"  "PYT"  "Thriller"

 Quiet

Riot: LA: album "Metal Health"  Popularity of heavy metal was coming  Spandex pants and big hair

 Styx:

Kilroy Was Here  Talking Heads: New York artrock combo- "Burning Down the House" was in Top 10

 REM:

Athens, Georgia- Top 40 with "Murmur"  The Velvet Underground: had been popular in the late 60's  By '85 all records were back in print, selling better than in the 60's

 Footloose  Jump

 Time

After Time  Owner of a Lonely Heart

 Ghostbusters  Uptown

Girl  Self Control

Grammy Awards
 What's

Love Got to Do with It: Tina Turner- record  Can't Slow Down: Lionel Richiealbum  What's Love Got to Do with Itsong

 Breakdancing

was everywherein TV commercials, music videos- even at the opening of the LA Summer Olympics

 Hollywood

made four lowbudget "Breaksploitation" flicks: "Beat Street" "Body Rock" "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo"

 MTV

was a major influence on music and film  Quick edits & lighting that had been just in music videos were now going into Hollywood filmsBeverly Hills Cop, Footloose, Streets of Fire, Purple Rain

 Executives

started realizing that by putting scenes from the film into the music video, you could sell a movie better as well as the soundtrack

 Purple

Rain: blockbuster film and a multi-platinum album  Born in The USA: Bruce Springsteen

 Heavy

Metal:  Van Halen: 1984 -band's final album with David Lee Roth  "Jump"  "Panama"  "Hot for Teacher"

 Ratt,

Motley Crue  "Out of The Cellar"  "Shout At The Devil"

 Twisted

Sister: "We're Not Gonna take It"  RUN-DMC: Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels  "Rock Box" mixture of street raps and metallic guitars

Marvin Gaye

 1983:

"Sexual Healing" comeback  working on a follow-up to "Midnight Love" album  April 1 was shot and killed by his father in an argument

 Other

big hits of the year:  Madonna: "Like A Virgin"  Prince: "When Doves Cry"

 Wake

Me Up Before You Go-Go  I Feel for You  Glory Days  Crazy for You  Careless Whisper  One Night in Bangkok

Grammy Awards

 We

Are the World- U.S.A. for Africa- record  No Jacket Required: Phil Collins- album  We Are the World: song

 Live

Aid, Farm Aid, and founding of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  Year of the compact disc: higher priced than turntables and LPs

 CD

players and CDs were immediately so successful that it was predicted that vinyl would be almost completely obsolete by the end of the decade

 PMRC:

self appointed moral watchdog committee formed by wives of several prominent politicos

 Began

to pressure record companies to save the youth of America by putting warning stickers on records containing "offensive" lyrical content

 22

record companies pledged to slap parental warnings on any product containing potentially offensive material

 LL

Cool J: rap's newest superstar with debut album "Radio"  Starship's "We Built This City"  Mr. Mister "Broken Wings"  Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You"

 Lionel

Richie "Say You, Say

Me"  Madonna's: "Crazy For You"  John Parr: "St Elmo's Fire"  Huey Lewis and The News': "The Power of Love"

More top songs

USA for Africa: "We Are The World"  REO Speedwagon: "Can't Fight This Feeling"  Dire Straits: "Money For Nothing"

 How

Will I Know  Kyrrie  Greatest Love of All  Live to Tell

 On

My Own  There'll Be Sad Songs  Sledgehammer

Grammy Awards

 Higher

Love: Steve Winwood-

record  Graceland: Paul Simon: album  That's What Friends Are For: song

 Madonna:

shortened hair and tried to "class up" her image  Third album: "True Blue

 The

Bangles: all female quartet  Two massive pop hits: "Manic Monday" - which was written by Prince  "Walk Like An Egyptian"

 Bon

Jovi:  Sounded like a cross between Bruce Springsteen and a metal band  "You Give Love A Bad Name"  "Livin On A Prayer"

 Metallica:

thrash metal classes "Master of Puppets"  Momentum lost when bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus crash during the band's Swedish tour

 Miami

Vice's Don Johnson: Top 5 hit with "Heartbeat"  Janet Jackson: younger sister of Michael Jackson  "Control"

 James

Brown: 4th decade of hits with “Living In America”  Paul Simon: South African musicians on new Graceland album---“world music” style  Run DMC: teamed up with Aerosmith for a remake of “Walk This Way”

 More

top hits:  Dionne and Friends “That’s What Friends Are For”  Falco: “Rock Me Amadeus”

 Nothing's  Alone

Gonna Stop Us Now

I Go Again  The Way It Is

 Here

 Shakedown  Livin'

on a Prayer  Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Grammy Awards

 Graceland:

Paul Simon- record  The Joshua Tree: US- album  Somewhere Out There- song

Top Albums

Dirty Dancing Soundtrack  Whitney Houston: Whitney  U2: The Joshua Tree  The Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill  Michael Jackson: Bad

 Other

Top Singles:  George Michael: Faith  Los Lobos: La Bamba  U2: With or Without You

 CD

market had sales of over $102 million  Bad sold 8 million copies this year, had 5 Number One singles- including “Man In The Mirror” and “Bad”

 Tiffany:

Tiffany Darwinsch  16 years old  “Could’ve Been”  “I Think We’re Alone Now

 Debbie

Gibson:  “Only In My Dreams”  “Shake Your Love”

 Grateful

Dead: hit first Top 10 hit with “Touch of Grey”  Deadheads complained that the single was making the band too popular  Newcomers were ruining the “vibe” of he Dead’s concerts

Poison  Slayer  These replaced Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot for the headbangers

 The

Beastie Boys: debut album by New York white rap trio was Licensed to Ill  Had hit “You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party”  Sold 5 million copies and became the first rap record to top the pop album charts

 10

years after Elvis Presley’s death:  20,000 fans from around the world went to Memphis  Liberace died this year from AIDS  He had an outrageous sense of onstage style

 Faith  Need

You Tonight  Sweet Child O'Mine  Hands to Heaven

 One

More Try  Wild, Wild West  Groovy Kind of Love

Grammy Awards

 Don't

Worry, Be Happy- Bobby McFerrin- record  Faith: George Michael- album  Don't Worry, Be Happy: Bobby McFerrin- song

 More

Top Singles:  Steve Winwood: Roll With It  Poison: Every Rose Has Its Thorn  Chicago: Look Away

Top Albums

George Michael: Faith  Def Leppard: Hysteria  US: Rattle and Hum  Guns N Roses: Appetite for Destruction  Bon Jovi: New Jersey

Guns N’ Roses

Changing the face of music  No lipstick, teased hair, and spandex  They had leathers, bandanas and the look of “fresh from the gutter”

 Public

Enemy:  It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back  Mixed rage with big beats

 Will

To Power: “Free Baby”  Disco-muzak of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”  Beach Boys: “Kokomo”

 Bobby

McFerrin: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”  George Bush would try to use this song as his theme for 1992 campaign

 James

Brown: arrested this fall  He lead several Georgia state police cars on a chase while under influence of PCP  6 year jail sentence was reduced to a little over 25 months

 My

Prerogative  Straight Up  Giving You the Best that I Got  This Time I Know It's for Real

 Fight

the Power  Cold Hearted  Cherish

Grammy Awards

 Wind

Beneath My Wings: Bette Midler- record  Nick of Time: Bonnie Raittalbum  Wind Beneath My Wings- song

 Phil

Collins: Another Day in Paradise  Janet Jackson: Miss You Much  Richard Marx: Right Here Waiting  Madonna: Like a Prayer

Top Albums
Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl  Milli Vanilli: Girl You Know It’s True  Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw and the Cooked  Bobby Brown: Don’t Be Cruel  Madonna: Like a Prayer

 Rap

music very popular now  Novelty rap singles like Young MC’s “Bust A Move”  2 Live Crew  Tone Loc’s “Funky Cold Medina”

 Paula

Abdul, Richard Marx, and New Kids on the Block  Madonna: Like a Prayer: strongest album for her to that point  Bobby Brown: left New Edition and came out with “Don’t Be Cruel”

 Harry

Connick Jr.: 22 year old jazz pianist  When Harry Met Sally soundtrack  Guns N’ Roses: “Patience”

 MTV:

came out with MTV Unplugged  Debuted in November with singersongwriter Jules Shear

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