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Transcript of 1980s Entertainment
The '80s was the beginning period of great income disparity and the focus on affluence was reflected in the music. There were also new genres that arose, such as Hip Hop and the "New Wave", which was a mix of punk, electronica, and '60s pop. MTV was also the first television network to showcase the works of iconic artists, which gave popularity to new music.
Ronald Reagan elected as president
First woman was appointed to U.S. Supreme Court
The wreckage of the Titanic was found
Space shuttle Challenger explodes
Hands Across America
World population reached 5 billion
George H.W. Bush elected as president
TV was transformed in the 80s. By 1985, 68% of all American adults watched television daily and 88% were subscribed to a paid cable service. This decade was the golden age for prime time soap operas. Multinational corporations bought and merged many movie studios, ending the period of artistic experimentation in Hollywood. The industry has returned to financial success and global dominance through the development of blockbuster franchises, large-scale marketing campaigns, and content aimed at children.
During the 1980s, many Americans embraced a new moderation in social, economic, and political life. These were mainly characterized by the policies of President Ronald Reagan, who was a powerful political figure, as well as an interpreter of American culture. This era saw a re-emergence of spirit since the stagnant economy of the '70s. This decade is remembered for its materialism and consumerism, and the rise of the "yuppie". It was also an explosion of blockbuster movies and the emergence of cable networks such as MTV, which introduced the music video and launched careers of iconic artists. Lastly, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger triggered technological interest in science, mechanics, and global communications.
Bob Marley dies
Launch of MTV
Billboard Magazine named
Michael Jackson the best artist of the decade
Proposal for the World Wide Web
Ronald Reagan co-opts
'Born in the USA'
Karen Carpenter dies
CDs are first released.
Sally Ride first American women in space
Motorola first mobile phone
Sony first camcorder
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon marries 2,075 couples at Madison Square Garden.
Apple Computer releases the Macintosh personal computer
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of fame is opened.
Licensed to Ill
became the #1 Hip Hop album in USA
CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever
The first five Beatles albums are released on CD
TNT was started by Ted Turner
PG-13 movie rating created
The Breakfast Club and Back to the Future released
US advertising is permitted on Soviet TV
MTV founded August 1
E.T. movie released
Oprah Winfrey show premiere
Pretty in Pink released
Fox TV was born
Dirty Dancing released
125 million people viewed last episode of M*A*S*H
1980: Blondie - Call Me
1981: Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
1982: Olivia Newton-John - Physical
1983: Police - Every Breath You Take
1984: Prince - When Doves Cry
1985: Wham! - Careless Whisper
1986: Dionne and Friends - That's What Friends Are For
1987: Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
1988: George Michael - Faith
1989: Chicago - Look Away
A printed presidential campaign advertisement for President Ronald Reagan in 1980.
The rise of graffiti became a new form of art in the 1980s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were two of the most recognized graffiti artists.
Music and television were two of the biggest influential aspects in the 1980s. Both impacted lifestyle, fashion, dance, and class status.
Teenagers tend to get their style from their favorite musicians or actors because they have always set the tone for fashion trends. Because of this, artists and television show creators saw this as an opportunity to develop their own clothing lines to sell. Also, name brand companies partnered up with these musicians and actors to make their clothing more popular.
The idea of wealth was often portrayed in television shows and films because America was becoming an affluent society again, causing the rise of the
Yuppie. Those who were in a lower class illustrated their lifestyles in
music and art.
Musicians introduced new dance moves to Americans in their
music videos, aired on MTV. Popular dances from different genres were
break dancing, slam dancing or moshing, and the electric slide.
Pretty In Pink
Director John Hughes appropriately enhanced his '80s movies with new wave soundtracks. Where earlier films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles included the occasional Wang Chung or Simple Minds track, though, 1986's Pretty in Pink boasted a full lineup of "rock of the '80s" highlights. Pretty in Pink qualifies as one of the more relevant youth culture soundtracks. Songs are included from the Psychedelic Furs, OMD ("If You Leave"), and Suzanne Vega ("Left of Center").
This is a magazine ad mini-poster featuring Joe Camel and a C4 Corvette from the 1980s. The Joe Camel advertising campaign was so successful it was pulled. Apparently the cartoon camel appealed to small children.
Fashion influenced by the soap series Dynasty and Dallas Dynasty.
The 1980s was the first decade to use pop songs in movies. Already released music was taken and used, instead of having music produced for the film. Movies such as Pretty in Pink, Footloose, and Against All Odds featured hit original songs. Some of the songs became even more popular than the movie.
In its early years, MTV's main target demographic were young adults, but today, MTV's programming is primarily targeted at adolescents and teenagers in addition to young adults.
Although we are more advanced in technology and science, American culture of the 1980s is very similar to today’s culture.