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Apr. 9th, 2007 @ 08:00 am Rant #13
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From:pauls_left_hand
Date:April 11th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
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It's hard to define what an iconic band is though
Aha! Just apply my alien iconicity test.

Certainly the Sex Pistols epitomized punk, but over here they did more than just that, they summed up the mood of that period of time.

Same era is Madonna and Boy George, for that specific look and feel that was so very early 80s.
Well, yeah, I was going to put them in too for the 80s, along with Duran Duran, for the very reasons you said.

I guess we listened to different things in the late 80s
I guess we did:) Late 80s over here was all about illegal raves in the middle of fields, ecstasy and waving your hands around. A lot. That was Acid House. M People were on constantly in '89 and you heard them at every rave you went to. Did it not hit the States? I think that 'rock' as in Guns 'n' Roses style rock has always had a bigger following in the States than it has in the UK. Not that it doesn't have a big following over here, it's just that it tends to have more of a hardcore following and less of a general appeal.

Again, I think our respective 90s experiences were subtly different. I included the Spice Girls because it seemed like the first time that the tweens were directly targeted, in the same way, I guess, that Elvis was targetting the teens for the first time. I've never heard of Menudo or Tiffany & NKB and NSync, yeh, I've heard of them but they weren't nearly as ubiquitous as the Spice Girls. Mind you I spent most of the 90s up to my ears in nappies, dinosaurs and Toy Story.:)

I think there's a distinct difference emerging between the US and the UK. Oasis & Blur represent the whole Britpop thing and Labour coming in to power after 19 years of the Cons. Eminem, if you apply both the alien test and your criteria, I would give iconic status. Not only was he chronicling the mood of that time but he brought hip hop to the housewives.

right now I think there's kind of a drought of good "popular" bands.
That's a shame, I like a lot of the music I'm hearing at the moment. I'm finding it quite an interesting time, musically. Mind you I think that makes it really hard to find an iconic band, simply because there is so much diversity.

Great topic. Thanks :D
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From:padawansguide
Date:April 11th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I guess it does make a difference in what country you grew up in, and even what genre of music you like. I gues the Sex Pistols don't sum up the mood of that time for me, though they obviously do for you!

I guess there were raves here, in fact, I'm sure there were - but I've never been to one in my life, and never listened to that sort of music. I think it was probably more niche here than widespread.

Yeah - Menudo/Tiffany/NKOTB/Debbie Gibson was the Tween music for the 80s, even if Tween wasn't really a term then. They were faddish and huge with a certain demographic. I don't think the Spice Girls were as big here, or if they were, I was already too old and not paying attention.

If you want more iconic 80s bands, I'd also peg Billy Joel and Huey Lewis & The News. Huey Lewis is probably less iconic than Billy Joel, but their sound is very 80s for me. I love them. I also adore Billy Joel.

What else... Pat Benatar is big in the early 80s. Bruce Springsteen was very mid-80s. Also Michael Jackson for the early 80s. Before he got all wierd. (I was never a fan though.) Also The Police were big in the 80s. Genesis (their Invisible Touch album is very late 80s for me!)

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From:pauls_left_hand
Date:April 11th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Ha! Bruce and Michael. How could I forget them? Maybe they've spanned too many decades to be iconic.
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From:padawansguide
Date:April 11th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I think they were biggest in the 80s though!