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History of Rock - 1980's overview

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DOUGLAS GALLAGHER

on 24 May 2011

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The 80's 1980 THE CHARTS:
Captain & Tennile
Billy Joel
Pink Floyd (The Wall) NEW ON THE SCENE:
Iron Maiden, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,

EVENTS:
Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" .
... Post Punk anthem
....Ian Curtis commits suicide
U2 opens debut US tour Dec 6
John Lennon shot Dec 8
John Bonham dead age 32
Bob Dylan "born again" & preachin' it!

DG - graduates (barely) NUHS ... travels in Europe 1981 MEGA BANDS:
REO Speedwagon, Styx, Survivor,
Journey, Foreigner, Chicago GENRES EMERGING:
METAL hits mainstream
NEW WAVE takes over PUNK
HIP HOP & REGGAE EVENTS:
MTV exploding on TVs
Bob Marley dies (cancer)
Bruce Springsteen - touring The River
US Festival - Apple+MTV = mega-pop music fest ... 400K watt sound system (wow!!!)
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Boomboxes & Walkman cassette players
1st space shuttle - Columbia launches new age of
space exploration
President Reagan ... the "Cold War" waning

DG - Chico State & Operatic baptism 1982-83 CHARTS:
Olivia Newton-John, Vangelis, Survivor, Men At Work,
Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Police, Paul McC/Michael J, U2 NEW ON THE SCENE:
Police huge in the US, Madonna, Eddie Van Halen, Prince,
U2 rises in popularity w/ WAR, Kiss, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan DISSOLUTIONS: The Clash, The Who, Pink Floyd EVENTS:
First CDs and players are sold in US
Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) dead/suicide
SRV at Montreaux Jazz Fest
Computers on the public market
AIDS pandemic broadens ... awareness/fear

DG - Marries Karen Roos 1984-85 CHARTS:
Olivia Newton-John, Vangelis, Survivor, Men At Work, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Police, Paul McC/Michael J, U2 NEW ON THE SCENE:
R.E.M., Def Jam Records (Simmons/R Rubin), Beastie Boys, AC/DC, Van Halen, Tom Waits (sort of...) EVENTS:
Hip Hop on the rise
U2 + Eno/Lanois = success
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Marvin Gaye - shot
Rock and Roll to the rescue:
Bob Geldof - "Band Aid"
USA for Africa - "We Are The Worlds'
Bob Dylan (& friends) - "Farm Aid"
Famine in Ethiopia
Iraq vs Iran war
VHS tapes ... Movie rental stores!

DG - HJ born; I discover Tom Waits... 1986-87 CHARTS:
Pet Shop Boys, a-ha, Peter Gabriel, Boston, Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis, Janet Jackson, Madonna NEW ON THE SCENE:
Janet Jackson, Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C., Def Leppard, Paul Simon/Ladysmith B.M.,
Guns N' Roses, Sinead O'Connor, Cowboy Junkies, Bon Jovi, Sting (solo), U2, Los Lobos, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, Whitesnake

MEGABANDS: U2, Dire Straits, Sting, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith EVENTS:
Creation of THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
(Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, James Brown first inductees)
Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) - dead 36
Metallica - Master of Puppets tour
U2 - Joshua Tree ... leads to Rattle & Hum tour
Sinead O'Connor all over MTV - wow!!
Bridge School Benefit (Neil Young) begins annual event
Hip Hop and House music on the rise; 2 Live Crew banned by record stores; Hip Hop hits Russia
Space shuttle Challenger disaster
Chernobyl nuclear disaster

DG - U2 "Joshua Tree" changes everything...
VG born, Complete B.A. ... Move on to M.A. program 1988-89 CHARTS:
George Michael, Michael J, INXS, Guns N' Roses, Bobby McFerrin, U2, Enya, Whitney Houston, UB40, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, George Harrison, Beach Boys, Poison, Paula Abdul, FYC, Milli Vanilli,
Soul II Soul, New Kids on the Block, NEW ON THE SCENE:
Pixies, The Traveling Wilburys, Tracy Chapman, Tom Petty (sort of), Fine Young Cannibals, Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan, Milli Vanilli, Nirvana EVENTS:
The Stones on tour
The Who on tour
Paul McCartney's first solo tour
The fall of the Berlin Wall

DG - 1990: complete M.A.; Olivia born;
Gallaghers move to Costa Rica for a decade...
and everything changes again. 1980-81 1982-83 1984-85 1986-87 1988-89 Peter Gabriel def leopard U2 Guns N' Roses U2 George Michael Metallica
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