Now that everything had its own comfortable slot for the radio and record companies to sell, music was losing it’s individuality.
One thing many of these artists learned was the mass acceptance of reggae beats. Somehow if they infused a bit of reggae into their new wave sound, it would sell. Elvis Costello got this ball rolling with “Less Than Zero” and “Watching the Detectives”, Ian Dury had a bit of reggae and The Clash incorporated it in their brand of punk. It immediately became listenable and served as a way to deliver the political message. I can’t think of too many reggae songs that don’t have political messages.
A hot band out of England, called The Specials, came out with a debut album produced by Elvis Costello. EC was taking lessons from Nick Lowe, I guess. It’s a classic album and became a resurgence of reggae/ska music. Suddenly, bands like Madness came out of the woodwork.
Another band came from this little mish mosh scene. The Police. They mixed this ska sound with power pop and middle of the road rock and caught on immediately with the very catchy “Roxanne” The Police became a mega hit on the corporate radio stations.
It had finally happened. Punk turned power pop turned ska became arena rock with The Police.
I loved the first album, but for me, The Police became stale when their giant egos got in the way.
Sting is a typical rock star who started out cool, turned into a total dick, then somehow got cool again. Somehow he redeemed himself. I guess age will do that.
It was official, punk had gone mainstream and the orignal attitude was just a memory.
The 80’s were here and what followed was the death of music.
MTV and a barrage of one hit wonders and fashion plates.
I lost interest. Completely.
and in the end….December 8, 1980. John Lennon was shot dead.
Now, I have nothing else to do but wait and hope my favorite artists release something meaningful.
I am still waiting.
Thank you for the ride…I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed reminiscing.
I have more to write. I am not going anywhere. My search for new music continues.