History UsefulNotes / TheEighties

17th Jan '16 8:19:35 PM nombretomado
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* In live theater, the 1980s was the decade of the "megamusical" -- lavish productions with premises ranging from whimsical (''{{Cats}}'', ''StarlightExpress'') to highly dramatic (''Theatre/LesMiserables''), but all marked by scores that mixed pop sounds with "traditional" and operatic styles and a tendency towards BIG emotions and BIG showstoppers. The theatrical equivalents of the SummerBlockbuster, and often regarded with just as much disdain by professional critics, SceneryPorn and CostumePorn were the order of the day in these shows. Many were the musical work of British composer AndrewLloydWebber, and most premiered in London's West End before launching sister productions in New York City and elsewhere. Lloyd Webber's career and the megamusical as a whole reached a peak with 1986's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', with the media hype surrounding the show's Broadway debut in 1988 comparable to that of any Hollywood blockbuster of the era.
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* In live theater, the 1980s was the decade of the "megamusical" -- lavish productions with premises ranging from whimsical (''{{Cats}}'', ''StarlightExpress'') (''Theatre/{{Cats}}'', ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'') to highly dramatic (''Theatre/LesMiserables''), but all marked by scores that mixed pop sounds with "traditional" and operatic styles and a tendency towards BIG emotions and BIG showstoppers. The theatrical equivalents of the SummerBlockbuster, and often regarded with just as much disdain by professional critics, SceneryPorn and CostumePorn were the order of the day in these shows. Many were the musical work of British composer AndrewLloydWebber, and most premiered in London's West End before launching sister productions in New York City and elsewhere. Lloyd Webber's career and the megamusical as a whole reached a peak with 1986's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', with the media hype surrounding the show's Broadway debut in 1988 comparable to that of any Hollywood blockbuster of the era.
26th Nov '15 8:19:30 PM nombretomado
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* Series also started experimenting with settings -- no longer were the standard dramas and comedies confined to the three biggest cities. ''Series/EightIsEnough'' was set in Sacramento, for example, while DuelingShow ''Series/{{Family}}'' was set in Pasadena. Later on, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and SanFrancisco became very popular in this respect.
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* Series also started experimenting with settings -- no longer were the standard dramas and comedies confined to the three biggest cities. ''Series/EightIsEnough'' was set in Sacramento, for example, while DuelingShow ''Series/{{Family}}'' was set in Pasadena. Later on, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and SanFrancisco UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco became very popular in this respect.
14th Oct '15 12:50:55 PM Lequinni
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* The fast food expansion finally was felt outside of USA, with many chains arriving to relatively virgin markets in South America and Asia.

* Latin-American countries were another thing completely. Most countries were in a "One song by local artist for one from foreign ones" model of protectionism, which created small musical ecosystems whose artists rarely crossed over frontiers. No artist really believed they could make it on the American market, so the idea of "crossover" didn't really exist, or just was limited to playing in either a neighboring country or making it on Mexico, the biggest market at the time. Most of the music done at the time were done in the style of American pop music, just blander. There were also the beginning of a trend of covers from American or European songs done by local artists in other styles, like Ballads by Celine Dion or Dolly Parton covered by Dominican band Las Chicas del Can as dominican merengue. Salsa musicians softened their sound, and an style named "Salsa Erotica", with quite risque lyrics soon emerged. ** In the early '80s, this mentality was common in Canada too, by no means a Latin-American country. Though there were a few Canadian acts who made it in the US, like Bryan Adams and later the aforementioned Celine Dion, much of the material you'd hear on Canadian radio circa 1984 never made its way to the US. Artists like Corey Hart and Men Without Hats are seen as one-hit wonders now, but had many hits in Canada at the time (and in Hart's case "Sunglasses at Night" was almost the least of them); the now-forgotten Platinum Blonde were as big in their native country as Duran Duran at the time.
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* Latin-American countries were another thing completely. Most countries were in a "One song by local artist for one from foreign ones" model of protectionism, which created small musical ecosystems whose artists rarely crossed over frontiers. No artist really believed they could make it on the American market, so the idea of "crossover" didn't really exist, or just was limited to playing in either a neighboring country or making it on Mexico, the biggest market at the time. Most of the music done at the time were done in the style of American pop music, just blander. There were also the beginning apex of a the trend of covers from American or European songs done by local artists in other styles, like Ballads by Celine Dion or Dolly Parton covered by Dominican band Las Chicas del Can as dominican merengue. Salsa musicians softened their sound, and an style named "Salsa Erotica", with quite risque lyrics soon emerged. ** emerged. In the Caribbean, Dominican Merengue reigned supreme, with Wilfrido Vargas and Juan Luis Guerra as the kings genre. Spain managed to send some of their budding pop-rock artists to its former colonies, with some success. And the Rock En Espaņol scene, while still semi-isolated to their respective countries was brewing and maturating quickly, specially in Argentina. * In the early '80s, this the aforementioned protectionist mentality was common in Canada too, by no means a Latin-American country. Though there were a few Canadian acts who made it in the US, like Bryan Adams and later the aforementioned Celine Dion, much of the material you'd hear on Canadian radio circa 1984 never made its way to the US. Artists like Corey Hart and Men Without Hats are seen as one-hit wonders now, but had many hits in Canada at the time (and in Hart's case "Sunglasses at Night" was almost the least of them); the now-forgotten Platinum Blonde were as big in their native country as Duran Duran at the time.
1st Oct '15 8:57:30 AM DDRMASTERM
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* There was, frankly, a lot to fear in the '80s. The US was still at war, and getting nuked was a frighteningly plausible possibility. A string of post-apocalyptic movies, like ''Film/TheDayAfter'', ''Film/{{Testament}}'' and ''Film/{{Threads}}'', helped keep the fear bubbling. The Chernobyl meltdown made people queasy about even peaceful applications of nuclear technology.
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* There was, frankly, a lot to fear in the '80s. The US was still at war, and getting nuked was a frighteningly plausible possibility. A string of post-apocalyptic movies, like ''Film/TheDayAfter'', ''Film/{{Testament}}'' and ''Film/{{Threads}}'', helped keep the fear bubbling. The Chernobyl {{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}} meltdown made people queasy about even peaceful applications of nuclear technology.
25th Jul '15 8:16:34 PM nombretomado
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* MichaelJackson immortalized himself as the King of Pop during this time, scoring hits such as "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It". * Prince, a flamboyantly dressed pop-rock-funk-musician who got his career jumpstarted in the late 1970's finally rose to prominence with his smash hit album Purple Rain and the slightly bad movie of the same name. Unlike Michael Jackson however, by 1985 he had lost his third wheel due to his increasingly varied musical preferences and by the early 90's he was demoted to slight obscurity at the same time Michael's career fell tumbling after.
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* MichaelJackson Music/MichaelJackson immortalized himself as the King of Pop during this time, scoring hits such as "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It". * Prince, Music/{{Prince}}, a flamboyantly dressed pop-rock-funk-musician who got his career jumpstarted in the late 1970's finally rose to prominence with his smash hit album Purple Rain and the slightly bad movie of the same name. Unlike Michael Jackson however, by 1985 he had lost his third wheel due to his increasingly varied musical preferences and by the early 90's he was demoted to slight obscurity at the same time Michael's career fell tumbling after.
6th Jul '15 10:52:35 PM snoopdoggydre
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* Prince, a flamboyantly dressed pop-rock-funk-musician who got his career jumpstarted in the late 1970's finally rose to prominence with his smash hit album Purple Rain and the slightly bad movie of the same name. Unlike Michael Jackson however, by 1985 he had lost his third wheel due to his increasingly varied musical preferences and by the early 90's he was demoted to slight obscurity at the same time Michael's career fell tumbling after.
25th Jun '15 7:09:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* There was, frankly, a lot to fear in the '80s. The US was still at war, and getting nuked was a frighteningly plausible possibility. A string of post-apocalyptic movies, like ''TheDayAfter'', ''Film/{{Testament}}'' and ''{{Threads}}'', helped keep the fear bubbling. The Chernobyl meltdown made people queasy about even peaceful applications of nuclear technology.
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* There was, frankly, a lot to fear in the '80s. The US was still at war, and getting nuked was a frighteningly plausible possibility. A string of post-apocalyptic movies, like ''TheDayAfter'', ''Film/TheDayAfter'', ''Film/{{Testament}}'' and ''{{Threads}}'', ''Film/{{Threads}}'', helped keep the fear bubbling. The Chernobyl meltdown made people queasy about even peaceful applications of nuclear technology.
16th Jan '15 2:37:09 PM themisterfree
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** Anime and manga were first introduced to the world on a wide scale as something other than adapted "kid stuff," including what was widely recognized as the first mature dramatic animated film, ''Anime/{{Akira}}'', and of course, {{hentai}}. Japanese companies widely owned entertainment as well, from TV and music including Sony having bought out CBS, opening its own movie studio and record labels globally as well.
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** Anime and manga were first introduced to the world on a wide scale as something other than adapted "kid stuff," including what was widely recognized as the first mature dramatic animated film, ''Anime/{{Akira}}'', and of course, {{hentai}}. Japanese companies widely owned entertainment as well, from TV and music including Sony having bought out CBS, opening its Columbia Pictures (having been spun off into it's own movie studio company by Coca-Cola after a number of high-profile flops), and purchasing record labels globally as well.
10th Oct '14 8:35:39 AM rexpensive
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* {{Atari}} and its [[{{Atari2600}} 2600]] system were leading the way during TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames in America, along with dingy arcades as everyone got PacManFever. Unfortunately, it was followed in 1983 by [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 The Crash]]. All it took was a Japanese company by the name of Creator/{{Nintendo}} and its [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem little gray toaster]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a Robotic Operating Buddy!]]) to change it all back in '85. Mario and Luigi went on to become household names with ''SuperMarioBros'', and was the best-selling video game of all time until ''WiiSports'' (also made by Nintendo) stole its thunder in '09. Most parents and MoralGuardians weren't too concerned about home computer games at the time, instead focusing their worries on arcades, which were viewed as hangouts for juvenile delinquents and gangs. * Home computing was taking its first baby steps towards becoming a fixture of daily life. Computers like the UsefulNotes/AppleII, the {{IBM P|ersonalComputer}}C and the {{Commodore 64}} emerged, creating the first generation to know computers as something other than room-sized boxes used only for scientific purposes. Businesses started switching over from typewriters, schools started to build dedicated computer labs (see above), Apple made its famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsWzJo2sN4 1984 ad]], and the area around San Jose, California began to become known as "Silicon Valley". The first computer games were also developed during this era, and enjoyed great success in Europe, a market that was never as receptive to home consoles as North America was (during both the Atari and Nintendo eras). Stateside, they were heavily marketed to {{Education Mama}}s who wanted their kids to be "computer-literate" and stay away from those mind-rotting consoles.
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* {{Atari}} Creator/{{Atari}} and its [[{{Atari2600}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari2600}} 2600]] system were leading the way during TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames in America, along with dingy arcades as everyone got PacManFever. Unfortunately, it was followed in 1983 by [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 The Crash]]. All it took was a Japanese company by the name of Creator/{{Nintendo}} and its [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem little gray toaster]] ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a Robotic Operating Buddy!]]) to change it all back in '85. Mario and Luigi went on to become household names with ''SuperMarioBros'', ''Videogame/SuperMarioBros'', and was the best-selling video game of all time until ''WiiSports'' ''Videogame/WiiSports'' (also made by Nintendo) stole its thunder in '09. Most parents and MoralGuardians weren't too concerned about home computer games at the time, instead focusing their worries on arcades, which were viewed as hangouts for juvenile delinquents and gangs. * Home computing was taking its first baby steps towards becoming a fixture of daily life. Computers like the UsefulNotes/AppleII, the {{IBM UsefulNotes/{{IBM P|ersonalComputer}}C and the {{Commodore UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} emerged, creating the first generation to know computers as something other than room-sized boxes used only for scientific purposes. Businesses started switching over from typewriters, schools started to build dedicated computer labs (see above), Apple made its famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsWzJo2sN4 1984 ad]], and the area around San Jose, California began to become known as "Silicon Valley". The first computer games were also developed during this era, and enjoyed great success in Europe, a market that was never as receptive to home consoles as North America was (during both the Atari and Nintendo eras). Stateside, they were heavily marketed to {{Education Mama}}s who wanted their kids to be "computer-literate" and stay away from those mind-rotting consoles.
6th Oct '14 9:19:30 PM Celcey
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** A bubble economy began to rapidly expand from reasons including the acquisition of cheap real estate and the resale of it, political deals, and many other factors, although the most publicly known reason was the overwhelming production of quality electronic goods and quality, safer, and gas-sipping for the time vehicles (to the extent that the US domestic auto industry was absolutely ''destroyed'' as was much of the US domestic consumer electronics manufacturing industry, by the mid 90s, though it wasn't as much [[YellowPeril the fault of the Japanese]] as the fault of the Detroit auto industry and much of the US consumer electronics industry being absolutely insistent on refusing to change and refusing to compete and instead demanding protections and invoking outright racism - which did ''nothing'' to improve their products or save their employees' jobs - and it wasn't until over 20 to 25 years after TheEighties that US consumer electronics and US auto manufacturing began to rebound, with both the US-based companies finally taking notice to change and improve, the Japanese companies beginning to stagnate just as the US ones had, and in some cases themselves becoming the US autoworking industry).
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** A bubble economy began to rapidly expand from reasons including the acquisition of cheap real estate and the resale of it, political deals, and many other factors, although the most publicly known reason was the overwhelming production of quality electronic goods and quality, safer, and gas-sipping for the time vehicles (to vehicles- to the extent that the US domestic auto industry was absolutely ''destroyed'' ''destroyed'', as was much of the US domestic consumer electronics manufacturing industry, by industry. (By the mid 90s, though 90s however, it wasn't as much [[YellowPeril the fault of the Japanese]] as the fault of the Detroit auto industry and much of the US consumer electronics industry being absolutely insistent on refusing to change and refusing to compete and compete. They instead demanding protections demanded protection and invoking were outright racism - racist, which did ''nothing'' to improve their products or save their employees' jobs - and it jobs. It wasn't until over 20 to 25 years after TheEighties that US consumer electronics and US auto manufacturing began to rebound, with both the US-based companies finally taking notice to change changing and improve, the improving, and Japanese companies beginning to stagnate just as like the US ones had, and in US. In some cases they themselves becoming became the US autoworking industry).
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