Why the 80’s were so much better and still is….. ? Nostalgia sells?
I firmly believe that Beauty and Reality lies in the brain (or mind) of the person. What we find beautiful is a reflection of our own personality and individuality.
And if you are limerant mind , like me , you will eventually come to understand the concept of beauty in its most diversified way.
According to Plato, Beauty was an idea or Form of which beautiful things were consequence.
The Theory of Forms maintains that two distinct levels of reality exist: the visible world of sights and sounds that we inhabit and the intelligible world of Forms that stands above the visible world and gives it being.
The 80's were a golden age of beauty for so many things including movies, TV shows, cartoons, toy, technology and specifically synth-wave music.
The 1980's were a time of great pop culture , It is the decade most often associated with nostalgia and memories today.
“San Junipero” -the fourth episode in the series of the British science fiction anthology television series Black Mirror. It was based on nostalgia therapy and designed as a 1980’s period piece.
The 80's brought us so much new variety when it came to music along with some brand new genres. Up until then, everything had been pretty much rock-based. Heavy metal was becoming more prominent in the 70's and pop music has always been in the mix but the 80's brought us some new categories and variations we hadn’t heard before.
80's gave us New Wave music and we started seeing more house music and growth of punk rock. Death Metal and Metallica emerged in the 80's. Disco was thankfully long dead but we were hearing more synthesizer-based music and more electronic production.
The 80's still featured some classic bands like the Rolling Stones and Queen who found a whole new generation of fans. MTV would launch in 1981 and would forever change the way we consumed music. Bands and artists had to learn this new way to present themselves in this new visual medium. This was a time when album sales meant everything and it’s where the real money was made, unlike today.
If you want to put the 80's, in a nutshell, it may be the mix-tape. There was no such thing as MP3, Apple Music or Spotify. If you wanted to capture music you would have to sit diligently by your tape deck just waiting for whatever song you wanted to hear. You would call up radio stations to request it and just hope you had a good trigger finger.
This was also the era of the dual cassette tape deck which meant you could copy tapes and put together your own mixes. If someone you knew had a tape you wanted you could copy it over on to a blank one and it was magically yours! A great advent was “high speed dubbing” which would transfer that tape over even faster.
Now with your collection of cassettes, you could make your own compilations and the mix-tape was born. This was the 80's version of a love letter as you could put together all the meaningful songs to give to the person you liked. Spotify has allowed us to do that today but that’s just a matter of a few quick taps. The mix tap took WORK and commitment. That was half of what made a mix-tape so special, the effort.
The Walkman changed the way we consumed music. It allowed us to take it on the go and it was also a style statement. Portable music and transistor radios have existed for years but you were forced to listen to whatever the radio station was playing. With the Walkman, you now had something that was catered to you. Every tape you put in was your choice and it revolved around your lifestyle.
The soundtracks and beats of 80's that felt like a dream is gone now, only leaving behind a melancholic generation closing its eyes trying to remember it……