1980S MUSIC

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Duran Duran Remind Us Why '80s Music Deserves More Respect

Unlike the Boomer-backed rock and folk scenes of the 1960s and 1970s, or the alternative '90s return to guitar-based authenticity, 1980s new wave has always been seen as style over substance, superficial synthpop that pales next to the... classics that came before and after. It was considered by music critics and other cultural gatekeepers to be as fluffy as a Valley girl's feathered hair.... For those of us who were kids in the '80s, who had no preconceived notions that rock was supposed to be better than pop or that dance music shouldn't be taken seriously or even that being on the cover of "Tiger Beat" killed your credibility, the music was just really good. And Duran Duran's summer tour is a reminder of why.