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This weekend was a confounding one for me. Never mind hanging out on the Drive listening to people wishing one another "Happy Pride", never mind my overhearing the confused conversations and seeing the posted propaganda of the zealots of the Cult of Cannabis, what still confounds me is the obsession with all things 1980's.
I have written about this before, but I am absolutely amazed by the idealization of the 1980's by the people born in or just prior to the 1980's. It isn't that the decade was all bad, not at all, but the stuff that people cling to are the things that should have been locked away in the steamer trunk of shame. Skinny ties, leg warmers, head bands, wrist bands, wide stripes, and flipped up collars have all had their day. To quote from Blade Runner (a gem of the 80's) "Time to die". ABC, Culture Club, Human Leauge, Animotion, Falco, ad nauseum should have been laid to rest and denied a shot at ressurection.
What is it abot the crap that people find so appealling? Why reveal in, at best, mediocrity? Take a long hard look at the 1980's, it isn't a decade worth reliving. I was pretty sick of the 1960's obsession after a while, but at least their was more meat on those bones to pick. At least the 60's had something that made them worthwhile, even if it is simply debating the merits of the counter-cultural movement of the time.
Some acts from the 80's mainstream were worthwhile like Elvis Costello, The Police, U2 after 1985, ect. However, what made the 80's interesting is the stuff that was the stuff that was just under or completely off the mainstream's radar like U2 before 1985, Metallica, REM, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Sonic Youth and Daniel Amos. (who the furthest off the radar being Christians) I like Fast Times at Ridgemount High too, but I wouldn't want to relive that world for a second.
Soon there will be a 90's revival and, despite what some people may believe, I am not looking forward to that either. What I would like to see is for us get out of theis cultural rut, get out of reverse gear and start moving forward. Good drivers always check their side and rear view mirrors, but they do so while moving forward. Culturally speaking, we need to keep an eye on what came before us but we need to always be pressing ahead.