I have no idea how anyone could possibly think that born to be wild was AC/DC. If you know a tiny bit about the band, you already know enough to know that born to be wild just isn't their sound. What gives chaos?
The pixies are the only 80's band I think wasn't lame... and that only because they pretty much invented that 90's grunge/college rock sound (or at least had the biggest influence on it). even great 70's bands went bad in the 80's (queen, black sabbath, etc.) ... I'm gonna get crap for this from you guys, I know... but to me the 80's were a dark age in music, fashion, art... just in general, nothing good came out of the 80's (other than me, of course )
hahaha my highschool creative writing teacher had a huge sign on his door. all it said was "NO, THE 80'S WERE NOT COOL."
The Pixies were indeed great. I remember the third time I saw them, in 1989. My band opened for them. They had just finished a long European tour, and were just starting a long US tour. They were exhausted, and bickering amongst each other. The seams of the breakup were showing. even though thery were uninspired, they rocked something awesome. Pixies, however did not invent the 90s.
If any one band gets credit for the 80s grunge sound, it is Mudhoney. But actually, credit goes to the Subpop label which launched a dozen grunge bands including Nirvana (first album, "Bleach," launched in 1988, yes I have it.) Before Nirvana, and way before Pixies, came Dinosaur Jr. (I've got the first pressing of the first album when they were just "Dinosaur"; they needed to add the "Jr" when an old folk band claimed rights to that name).
I agree that the popular music of the 80s was wretched. Most people didn't like the 80s because the good music was squelched and drowned out by the crap that was easier to sell. But don't say that Pixies "invented the 90." And don't say "nothing else came out of the 80." If you want to know more about other bands as good as, and even better than the Pixies, we can dialogue. That was my scene, little man; I know what I'm talking about.
And your creative writing teacher missed a chance at seeing the Dead Kennedys give a free concert on the Mall in Washington DC on July 3rd, 1983.
aaaah I'm so jealous! what was the name of your band?
hahaha.. I know... I was exagerating to make a point.. there were more good bands other than the pixies (even in mainstream like REM). but I don't think there has ever been an era with such an abundance of horrid music as the 80's... I mean, a lot of music now is lame, junkfood. but there is no excuse for 80's pop. none.
I'll be glad to hear some 80's (or any other era) bands you might know that were good (bands I like: beatles, queens of the stone age, mars volta, radiohead, pixies, mclusky, menomena, zappa, nofx, fugazi, wintersleep, boards of canada... stuff along those lines, I'm VERY picky though).
My buddy is a huge fan of DK... so I'll tell him about it just to make him terribly jealous. I never could get into Dinosaur Jr tho... All those bands obviously had a great influence, I mean, no one invents a genre. But I think the pixies were the final and most crucial nail on the coffin of horrid 80's music. out of all those bands, the pixies were the first to sound like something out of the 90's. And they've inspired too many of the great 90's bands.
I hope their supposed new album is as good as their last. and I hope they got over their personal problems.. or were they just one of those bands that fought all the time and great music came out of the friction? I don't know too much about their personal lives.. I usually preffer to know a band's music and philosophy and not too much about their personal stuff.
I'm incredibly picky with music. I don't listen to anything unless it really really hits me on some level. I only listen to about 20 bands really.. the list grows by 1 or 2 bands a year, sometimes none... the list even shrinks now and then lol.
But I'll give them a second chance. Sometimes it takes a long time for me to get into something. some of my favorite bands now I couldn't stand a year ago until somehting made me go back to them for some random reason.