May 22, 2019

Dan Pontefract May 2019 Playlist (for the 80’s weirdos)

I was 8 years old when the 1980s started and I was 18 when they ended. To say I was a child of the 80s is an understatement.

I mastered the Rubik’s Cube. Played Atari for hours. Recorded Mork & Mindy and ALF on a Beta machine. I watched the Space Shuttle Challenger live on TV. Enjoyed the “cold war” as a teenager.

But there was also the music.

There is much to be ridiculed about music from the 1980s. But there is much to love, too.

It seemed to be the era of the synthesizer. I even asked my dad to purchase one for our home. The Yamaha DX7 was where I learned to play anything by Vangelis (hint: the theme from Chariots of Fire) and Van Halen’s Jump. So, so good.

There are many different genres to explore within the sounds of the 1980s. This playlist is my first attempt, one that highlights artists who influenced me to get my “weird” on as a kid. I hope you enjoy it.

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