Monday, 18 September 2006

inside the 80s

From the September 2006 feature in Word on The 80s:

By the end of the 80s a new generation appeared, a generation born in the 60s and 70s, already saturated in pop culture. By the 90s, the sheer ever-expanding size of the available music catalogue meant that the emphasis was no longer just on the newest releases. Jimi Hendrix could seem just as 'new' to an enquiring teenager as any product released that week. Rock music had become a classical form; virtually every new record - whether consciously or unconsciously - now referred in some way to rock's past.
The 80s was the last decade when everything was different. It was the last time pop music was fresh and full of possibility.
- William Shaw

My granddad, a lovely man and always very smart in a suit, I met him once outside Waterloo station and he refused to sit in the same carriage as me. I was wearing ballet slippers, white socks, wrap-around Iranian Cossack-type trousers, tight at the ankles and baggy with a flap like Aladdin up the front and a silk shirt with Greek imprints, make-up and a headband. And this was only going to see my Mum and Dad down in Pontins.
- Tony Hadley

Altered Images fell out really badly. It was so severe ... we didn't really speak until recently, trying to sort out money, because Altered Images' money remains in a bank account in Glasgow, because we couldn't agree on how to split it. So we were never paid. Anything. It's gone on for so long now it'll probably all go to lawyers.
- Clare Grogan

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