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Subject: The Britishness of the '80s

Written By: Donnie Darko on 05/30/06 at 5:20 pm

The '80s were a very British decade. Especially in terms of music.  Synth pop is after all the British incarnation of the New Wave movement. Britain in general seemed to be a powerful cultural force during the 1980s, whereas the 1990s and 2000s, and the 1970s are more American. The 1960s were quite British too.

Subject: Re: The Britishness of the '80s

Written By: Chasey on 06/01/06 at 10:18 am


The '80s were a very British decade. Especially in terms of music.  Synth pop is after all the British incarnation of the New Wave movement. Britain in general seemed to be a powerful cultural force during the 1980s, whereas the 1990s and 2000s, and the 1970s are more American. The 1960s were quite British too.

Subject: Re: The Britishness of the '80s

Written By: Chasey on 06/01/06 at 10:20 am


The '80s were a very British decade. Especially in terms of music.  Synth pop is after all the British incarnation of the New Wave movement. Britain in general seemed to be a powerful cultural force during the 1980s, whereas the 1990s and 2000s, and the 1970s are more American. The 1960s were quite British too.


Not sure Donnie, I would say that the 1990's was when Britain was more influential, 'Britpop' being a good example.

Subject: Re: The Britishness of the '80s

Written By: velvetoneo on 06/01/06 at 12:20 pm

The second British Invasion was like 1982-1985, with all of those English bands coming in and taking over American music. Also, Def Leppard can be given credit for starting hair metal. Another '60s-'80s ditto thing, the "British Invasion" of the '80s. I think it died with the hip-hop/dance-pop/grunge era coming in, which never caught on in Britain. I've often heard it peaked in 1985. New wave is almost entirely British in origin, with the exception of the CBGB stuff.

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