Tuesday, April 7, 2009
With the transition from soul and disco to R&B (which can also be called urban pop) in the early to mid 1980s, we see a new genre of music form. This newer style combines elements of soul, funk and dance. A major star of this Michael Jackson, who is known as the "King of Pop" and continues to have an influence on the music we have today. Female R&B singers such as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Tina Turner became very popular during the second half of the 1980s.
Also in the second half of the 1980s teen pop has its first wave. Bands and artists include New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Tommy Page, New Edition, Stacey Q, The Bangles, Madonna and more.
Considering MTV was just formed, fans could see what was in fashion according to their idols. Madonna was titled the "Material Girl" and many teenage girls looked up to her for fashion statements. She first emerged on the dance music scene with her "street urchin" look--short skirts over leggings, necklaces, rubber bracelets, fishnet gloves, hairbows, long layered strings of beads, bleached, untidy hair with dark roots, head bands, and lace ribbons. Michael Jackson also inspired teenagers to replicate his "Thriller" look, inspired by his record breaking album, Thriller. This look included matching red/black leather pants and jackets, one glove, sunglasses, and jheri curl. Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" video and other dance-themed television shows and movies created a dancewear fashion sense--professional dancewear, such as leggings and leg warmers, were word as streetwear. We can see now that the fashion from that era is inspiring our era today.
Madonna- "Like a Virgin"
Cyndi Lauper- "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
Olivia Newton-John: "Physical"
Dead or Alive- "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Wham!- "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Paula Abdul- "Straight Up"
Eric Carmen- "Hungry Eyes"
Irene Cara- "What a Feeling"
Duran Duran- "Hungry Like The Wolf"
Belinda Carlisle- "Heaven is a Place On Earth"
Tina Turner- "What's Love Got To Do With It"
Madonna- "Like a Prayer"
The Human League- "Don't You Want Me?"
Alphaville- "Forever Young"
Michael Jackson- "Beat It"
Bangles- "Manic Monday"
The Pointer Sisters- "I'm So Excited"
Patrick Swayze ft. Wendy Fraser- "She's Like The Wind"
The Weather Girls- "It's Raining Men"
Michael Sembello- "Maniac"
Eurythmics- "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Michael Jackson- "Billy Jean"
Madonna- "Into the Groove"
Michael Jackson, Thriller. Thriller. Epic Records, EK 38112, 1982.
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtyJbIOZjS8
Sources: picture- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(album)http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/mediazone/pdfs/entertainment/061114_michael_jackson.pdfhttp://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/mediazone/pdfs/entertainment/061114_michael_jackson.pdf
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVwFeQpy_Us
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQXECBdPgEA
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Dead Or Alive, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). Youthquake. Epic Records, EK 40119, 1985.
To listen to song, check out music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJv5qLsLYoo
Sources: picure: http://www.discogs.com/Dead-Or-Alive-Youthquake/release/128229
To listen to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hksil-KkebQ
Irene Cara, Flashdance... What a Feeling. What a Feelin'. Geffen Records, GHS 4021, 1983.
Listen to the song during this Flashdance video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El3koivWVkY&feature=related
Sources: picture- http://www.discogs.com/Irene-Cara-What-A-Feelin/release/346515
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv6Cr5LZStE
Belinda Carlisle, Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Heaven On Earth. MCA Records, MCAD-42080, 1987.
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQahvFdQVu8
Listen to the song by watching this Grammy performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFQlZht2DU4
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro52LgM64MI
"Don't You Want Me" has become the Human League's most commercially successful recording to date and sold over 1,400,000 copies making it the 25th most successful single of all time in the UK. Today the song still sells well and fans expect the group to play the track whenever they perform live. It's widely used in popular culture like commercials, movies and TV. One might recognize it from the 2009 Swiffer commercial that still plays on TV. It's also been used in the popular movies of Ocean's Thirteen and He's Just Not That into You.
The Human League, Don't You Want Me? Dare. Virgin Records, V 2192, 1981
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arUqoKjU3D4
Sources: Picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dare_(album)
Watch the music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqxo1SKB0z8
Sources: picture- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(album)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Patrick Swayze ft. Wendy Fraser, She's like the Wind. Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. RCA Records, BD 86408, 1987.
Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfg97-5uhFQ
"Maniac," by Michael Sembello, was used in the 1983 film Flashdance and was inspired by the 1980 horror film Maniac. An earlier version of the chorus was, "He's a maniac, maniac, that's for sure. He will kill your cat and nail him to the door". "Maniac" reached number one in the Billboard Hot 11 in September 1983 and is one of the highest grossing songs ever written for a film. The soundtrack of Flashdance has gone platinum six times, with "maniac" being the third-top grossing song from a movie soundtrack to date. The sonic markers in the song are a synthesiser, guitar, drums, and bass.
Michael Sembello, Maniac. Bossa Nova Hotel. Warner Bros. Records/Wounded Bird Records, 92-3920-1, 1983.
Click to watch video from the movie "Flashdance": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x1K5UH2nek
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," provided the group Eurythmics with their breakthrough into commercial success. Eurythmics brought a soul music twist to the electronic sound, which proved popular with broader audiences. Sonic markers in this song are the synthesiser, bass, guitar, and E-drums. Eurythmics had a dodgy, rock past and they confidently leaped into a new age of electronics and synthesizers, spearheading a 1980s revolution with a ground-breaking record that would change the face of music.
Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). RCA Records, 56115, 1983.
Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQHrspjw4aA
Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" was a worldwide commercial and critical success. It became one of the best-selling singles of 1983, dominating the US and UK charts simultaneously. "Billie Jean" was written by Jackson and the lyrics referred to a real life experience, in which a female fan claimed he fathered one of her twins. "Billie Jean" rose to prominence through the distinctive bass line and Jackson's vocal hiccups. Considered one of the most revolutionary songs in history, "Billie Jean" was certified platinum in 1989. The music video was the first video by a black artist to be aired by MTV. The video also introduced white viewers to black music. "Billie Jean" aided Thriller in becoming the biggest selling album of all time.
Michael Jackson, Billy Jean. Thriller. Epic Records, EK 38112, 1982.
Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En-cHBv7UpA
Madonna, Into the Groove. Like A Virgin. Warner Bros. Records, 7599 25181-2, 1985.
To see the live performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpVzt-zgScQ&feature=related
For Picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_a_Virgin