Rock and Roll Exam 3 - 3/01/10 I LOVE THE 80s! : Musical...

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3/01/10 I LOVE THE 80s! : “Musical Melting Pot” MTV, synthesizers, good looks over musical talent Synthesizers became standard component of rock ensemble, and the 80s has been often called the decade of “synthpop” Musicians used the synthesizer to keep up with the technology and the changing sound Blondie : “Call me” Blondie were one of the first bands to signal the arrival of the 80s pop Gary Nunman : “Cars” Synthesizers League : “Don’t You Want Me” DOR (dance oriented rock): sleek dance pop with accented back beats, multiple, repetitious, rhythmic layers with reliance on riffs Sheena Easton : “Morning Train” The 80s slice of life lyrics were rarely socially, politically oriented Usually light subjects Digitalization of Music Media The CD available on the market since late 1982, remains the standard playback medium for commercial audio recordings Technology spelled convenience for consumers MTV: Music Television MTV has affected both consumers and creators and became a key tastemaker of the world youth culture Buggles : “Video Killed the Radio Star” Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn The music video for the song was the first-ever video aired on MTV on August 1, 1981 Known for being a one-hit-wonder Michael Jackson The Jackson Five: “I Want You Back” MJ is the youngest member of the Jackson Five Michael Jackson: “Ben” (1972)
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During his teenage years, he was seen as a cute little kid than a potential music artist Off The Wall : (1979): first album released Quincy Jones: mentor, producer “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough” ( 1979) Off The Wall album “Rock With You” (1979) Off The Wall album A star-studded affair, with lyrics and songs written by Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, David Foster and of course MJ Thriller (1982) : second album: bestselling album of all time: winner of 8 grammys “Beat It” (1982): with Eddie Van Halen on the guitar Thriller was not only a commercial success but a musical and critical phenomenon “Billie Jean” (1982) Thriller cemented Jackson as the predominant pop star of the late 20 th century “Thriller” (1983) Jackson transformed the music videos into an art form and a promotional tool Video cost 1 million dollars to produce: produced by John Landis His hair getting caught on fire during a Pepsi commercial shooting (1984) “We are the World” (1985): MJ and Lionel Ritchie co-wrote USA for Africa: featured 45 premier artists, including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder Best selling single of 1985: the considerable profits from the project were used for the relief of famine and disease in Africa Bad (1987): final album with Quincy Jones When media scrutiny began “Bad” (1987)
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Only album in pop history with FIVE number one singles in the US “Bad” music video directed by Martin Scorsazee “The Way You Make Me Feel” (1987) A sellout crowd during Bad tour
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course JOURNALISM 2021 taught by Professor Mockey during the Spring '10 term at University of Florida.

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