Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Electronic Storyteller Music


But the eighties ultimately became a mix of traditional and innovative music. Even though it is sometimes snubbed as a shallow decade, it was more of a wide variety and certainly an expansion of the music industry into multiple genres and subgenres. One of the most innovative pop records ever made was "Don't You Want Me" by Human League in 1982. The song was very odd because it featured a dialogue between a male and female singer, each giving their side of the story about a fallen relationship. On the surface it sounded like a typical argument between ex-lovers about who looked cooler after the split. But on a deeper unnoticed level it was a song that exposed one of the biggest weaknesses of youth culture: egocentric thinking.

"Don't You Want Me" was about how selfishness creates barriers between people. Both the guy and the girl were unable to see the other's viewpoint because they were stuck on their own self defenses in order to appear more in control of the situation. Another innovative aspect of the hit was that it was the first all electronic recording to make number one in America. The group, though, made statements in the press that the guitar was dead and that electronic music was the future. At the time, it looked like maybe they were on to something, but predicting the future is always dangerous. The guitar had been around for centuries and was not about to be forced out of consciousness by industry perceptions or directions.

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