Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

War of the Senses


Movies such as Apocalypse Now, Good Morning, Vietnam, Full Metal Jacket and Platoon painted an even uglier picture of the war. If "liberal" Hollywood's intent was to make people hate war, the vibe didn't catch on as the public seemed to have a growing appetite for destruction special effects. At the same time there were several movies like Top Gun that glorified war.

Many songs took on an end of the world complex as in "99 Red Balloons" by Nena, "It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel Fine" by R.E.M. and "It's A Mistake" by Men At Work, which was a message to "Ronnie" to avoid nuclear war. A more comical song about pessimism was "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk 3. Anti-war songs were still embraced by youth throughout the eighties, as many people saw the Cold War as either a threat to destroy civilization or just overblown hype. The theme of love versus war found its way in several pop songs as an undercurrent such as "A Little Respect" by Erasure. Some artists began mixing the imageries of love and war, as in "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar. Her most outspoken song, though, seemed to mark the beginning of her career decline in popularity. It was called "Sex As A Weapon" in 1985, which was a hardcore slam on the guerilla marketing of sexuality in mass media.

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