Popular Music in the 1980's
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Music Television (MTV) was created during the 1980's. What sort of influence did MTV have on the music industry?
MTV was the most important influence on music in the 1980's.
What was the networks (MTV) original concept?
MTV's original concept was to play music videos twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week.
New Pop Superstars emerged during the 1980s, who were they?
Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince
Other than music what other industry did they influence?
Prior to the 1980's, we had not seen a major star of the same caliber as popular as these two artists?
The Beatles and Elvis
What helped to build theses stars into mega stars?
MTV helped to create a great focus on image
Define what a one hit wonder is?
Artists who achieved massive success with one or two extremely popular songs, then fade away, never able to repeat the success.
What was the advantage of a one hit wonder for the record company?
It required very little investment on the part of the record company.
Give one reason why one hit wonders tend to only have one or two hits?
Music trends change very rapidly.
Name two one hit wonders?
Aha "Take on Me"
Soft Cell's "Tainted Love"
Toni Basil's "Mickey"
Dexy's Midnight Runner's "Come on Eileen"
Nena's "99 Red Balloons"
Rap/ Hip Hop begins in the 1970's, but how does it transform in the 1980's?
It becomes mainstream
How did MTV treat black artists initially?
Initially, MTV was reluctant to play music performed by black artists.
Give two key elements that were essential to 1980's Rap and Hip Hop?
Sampling old recordings
The Hair band style was prevalent in the later mid to late 1980's. What geographical area did they originate?
LA and the UK
What was it rooted in and what were its influences? (Hair Bands)
What did the typical hair bands style look like?
Name two Hair Bands?
Guns 'n Roses
New Wave was a short-lived genre in the 1980's. When did it begin and end approximately?
Began in the 1970's, but disappears by the mid 1980's
How did it develop? (New Wave)
Off-shoot of punk rock, dance music, synthesized and other electronic music.
How would you describe New Wave?
Generic Term, encompassing a highly diverse variety.
Name two performing groups that can be classified as New Wave?
The Talking Heads
The world was a turbulent place in the 1980's. Name two major events that happened during that time?
The fragmentation of communism included the collapse of the Berlin wall and the breakup up of what was the USSR towards the end of the 80's.
Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland islands
Famine in Ethiopia
1980 and 1984 Olympics Boycotts
Space Shuttle Disaster
President Reagan's attempted assassination.
Pope John Paul II attempted assassination
Murder of John Lennon