Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Video Versus Imagination


MTV changed the music world when it launched in 1981 with the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star." A whole new era was born that outdated song and artist mystique. People didn't have to think about lyrics anymore now that the video told the story. Image of the artist became more important as looks and acting ability (or inability) began to overshadow musical and lyrical content. The opportunity was wide open for an artist to still be the next Bob Dylan, or the spokesman of their generation in the eighties. But only a handful stepped forward to even try. Those artists were U2, R.E.M., Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, John Mellencamp among a shrinking list of others. Many of the bands, however, were vocal on issues in songs here and there, but the overall message of the eighties from a cultural standpoint was shut up and dance!

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