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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.
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What truly sets Prince's estate apart from most deceased musicians is what he left behind: a personal vault of 2000 works of unreleased music. To put it in perspective, there is enough music to release one album every year for the next century. I know what you're thinking: What will happen to all of this music, and will we ever hear it?
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I had it all figured out. I was going to move to New York or L.A., or wherever TB HQ was located, and I was going to stake my claim as the confessor and confidante to the stars. I was going to be besties with the Brat Pack. I was going to go clubbing with the Culture Club. I was going to discuss the literary merits of The Magus with Simon LeBon and be one of the few to know what The Reflex really is. Or not.
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This was my first Madonna concert and, having grown up on her music, I was very excited. Of course, I was also very excited to go see "The Matrix Reloaded."
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"Should he be president? Oh, I don't know about that."
Blondie have had much to celebrate this year as the New Wave icons turned 40. Having headlined at SXSW, released a double-disc package titled "Blondie 4(0) Ever" in May and then hit the summer festiv...
"No one gives a shit about Boy George." So says Boy George. The English singer's new album "This is What I Do" comes out March 25, marking a return to pop music after 11 years as a house music DJ. But...
The '80s. For those who lived through that, like, totally awesome decade, a mere mention is likely to conjure up memories of big hair, MTV, Live Aid and terrible, terrible fashion. And though many ten...
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Pop music's most popular singers, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, have recently been climbing the charts by... rapping. Bieber, who unofficially introduced his hip-hop alter-ego Shawty Mane a couple ye...
Canadian pop heartthrob Corey Hart turned down some pretty lucrative offers at the height of his fame in the '80s. After Steven Spielberg himself sent the "Sunglasses At Night" singer a copy of the Ba...
A friend of mine recently suggested that my taste in music is getting worse as I get older. I beg to differ, but will admit to being (somewhat) stuck in the '80s, musically, at least.