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they are under fire for failure to respond to allegation are students being assaulted sometimes by football players. he will be the chancellor and teach at the law school. they also suspended the football coach and said they plan to fire him. cnn original series the eighties starts now. >> we will be doing for tv what fm did for radio. >> what are your dreams. >> to rule the world. >> michael jackson is the man of the '80s. >> music is all beat and talk. rap music. >> heavy metal, a glorified sex and violence that hates authority and adolescence.
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>> this beastly presentation that was birthed in the pit of hell. ♪ ♪
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john lennon was shot by an unknown at this time white male. >> the world reacted with immense shock and grief to the first rock and roll assassination. >> it was like in one moment the '60s and '70s got murdered. >> his life, has given more love than most men and women on the face of this earth. we are here to prove love is not dead even though john is. >> you know, you start the decade with the death of a beatle. you don't know where you're going from that point. >> for awhile it seemed there was nothing on the horizon. announcing the latest adheechin video. mtv television. >> we are excited about the new concept in tv. we will be doing for tv what fm did for radio.
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>> at the time the world was saying we don't think anybody is going to watch videos over and over, but we knew we had something special. ♪ >> mtv made you feel like those artists were in the room. you had a personal concert. >> when you have the rotation of say maybe 100 different videos being rotated over and over on mtv, they do a great job of exposing new acts. ♪ ♪ >> they had a ton of videos in inventory, that's what paved the way for the accidental second british invasion. >> you look at some of the groups on popular charts in america today, can't help asking where on earth did they come from. the answer is the same today as two decades ago. they come from britain. >> the music isn't anything like the famous group that came from
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there, the beatles. >> got to understand they were 20 years ago, we're a new generation, new wave. ♪ ♪ >> by the early 1980s, new wave is used to describe sleek, dressy cool bands out of england. ♪ don't you want me, baby, don't you want me, oh ♪ >> british artists understood how to use visuals in a way that american artists didn't necessarily get that quickly. ♪ do you really want to hurt me ♪ do you really want to make me cry. >> do you want to hurt me is a great song, the proof is in the pudding. buy it and eat it. >> mtv actually met with duran duran's managers and said we're
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looking for kind of like james bond videos, on location, and their managers are ones that went to band members and said we need to up the ante with the clips. we need to give this channel something they've never seen before. ♪ ♪ >> there are some that accuse your videos of being soft porn. >> well excuse me me! >> we like to call them taste fully -- ♪ ♪ >> when i first met duran duran, they were saying that they thought they looked like rock stars, so why not become rock stars. ♪ don't stand, don't stand so, don't stand so close to me.
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>> why do you think we're so popular over there? >> i think there's a tradition that goes back over the past 20 years from the days of the beatles and rolling stones where british bands seem to be better at it than americans. >> the police sold 4 million albums in one year. rolling stone chose them as the best new band of the year, taking note of the swirling, dreamy, soaring quality of the sound. >> it was incredible to see them and i couldn't believe what i was hearing, out of three people. i was shocked. >> i once read you were called the pink floyd of the '80s. what do you think of that? >> we're not at all. we're the cure of the '80s. ♪ ♪ >> the holy trinity of alternative british music is the
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cure. depech mode, and the smiths. all three started out as fringe bands that by the end of the '80s were selling out stadiums. ♪ >> what's newer, computer programmers or musicians. >> neither of the two. >> what are you? >> bank robbers. ♪ >> in the u.k., disco did not suck, it never sucked. bands like new order combined it with the new synthesizer sound and they gave us incredible songs that got us out on the dance floor.
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>> i like what's happening dance places in the last year or two. i think the music is becoming very healthy.
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it has done wonders for the sagging record industry, it made overnight stars out of rock groups whose records had been gathering dust. >> this year the first since 1978 business is finally up. the reason is music videos. ♪ >> we had no idea that music videos would have that much impact on the musical culture. it changed the dynamic of what you had to do as far as
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promotion was concerned. you had to be a performance artist as well as musician. ♪ >> the intelligent ones recognize that it's a marriage between the visual artist and the musician at this point. ♪ >> the man or the woman who finds the right combination will take it all. ♪ let's dance, put on your red shoes and dance the blues. >> when david and i decided to work together, it was pretty clear that david wanted to make a commercial album, you know. now i'm going to go make a pop record, but it was going to be his version of pop. >> my songs always tend to be impressionistic or have a surreal quality to them, on this album is the first time i really tried to adapt to an adapted
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approach of writing. ♪ tremble like a flower. >> artists in the '80s, david bowie, realized if you want to make it, you have to be on mtv. >> there's one group that's not happy with mtv. being told their music doesn't fit the format. >> we are in the back of the bus television style. and they get away with this then other shows try it. >> they don't exclude black acts, they exclude music that's not rock and roll. >> mtv came out with no consideration on how to infuse black music in the mix. >> i am so blown by the fact so few black artists, why is that? >> we have to do what we think not only new york and los angeles will appreciate but some town in the midwest that would be scared to death by prince or a string of other black faces.
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>> interesting. thank you very much. >> when are we going to see anybody of color on mtv because you said music television. when are you going to start covering all genres of music. >> music has no color. and shouldn't have color. and i don't believe in that. when i do, i don't want it labeled black or white, i want it labelled it's music. [ cheers and applause ] >> 1983, motown has a big tv special, motown 25th anniversary. at that time "thriller" is out and doing will. michael jackson couldn't get billie jean on mtv. >> when the rest of the world was going crazy and he can't get on mtv, michael jackson, come
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on! >> when he does that moon walk, if you were on the couch, by the end of it you were on the floor at the tv, you couldn't believe what you were seeing. >> it was one of the first viral movements that effected rock history. the next week "thriller" started selling a million copies a week. >> i like michael jackson because he is good, he knows how to dance. >> he is sexy and gorgeous. >> michael jackson is the man of the '80s. >> mtv starts to get pressure from cbs records, michael jackson's label. >> rock and roll in itself was the thing that broke a lot of rules. >> you're successful, you try to make your own rules occasionally. >> as the story goes, cbs said we will pull every other artist we have on mtv if you don't play this. they had to be blackmailed into doing it. ♪ it doesn't matter who's wrong, just beat it
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♪ >> he was the artist that mtv really needed. they didn't know they needed him, but when we started to see the michael jackson videos, it was unbelievable. then there's the domino effect. suddenly you see prince videos from warner brothers do the same thing. ♪ tonight going to party like it's 1999. >> prince wasn't just materializing out of nowhere, where was he before this video? >> prince was a huge star on black radio stations, people, he had a real underground following, a sexy, hot performer. >> prince loved the idea that he was taking his punk funk music and turning it onto a white audience, and that wouldn't have happened if not for mtv. >> when i was younger, i always
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said that one day i was going to play all kinds of music and not be judged for the color of my skin but the quality of my work. ♪ purple rain. >> prince had a great androgyny, he blurred the gender line, he sinks, he writes, he plays. every time i see him, it is like really? okay, i quit. >> when he plays guitar, it is part of his body in a way i've never seen before, it is not contrived, it's just happening. >> was it r&b, you know, his music was straight down the middle. mainstream, grab you by the throat and balls pop. ♪ we go down to the river and
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into the river we dive. >> at this point a lot of it is about being, which is why we haven't done too much of the video thing. a lot of it is -- it allows too much distance, what our band is about is about breaking down distance. >> bruce was all about credibility and intelligence and integrity. so how would he translate his music and his attitude toward the world to what seemed like this frivolous world of the music video. bruce is not going to be next to a winking model on a sailboat. ♪ can't start a fire, you can't start a fire without a spark ♪ this gun's for hire. >> he then has a video with then unknown star courteney cox. if there was an artist in
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the '80s that transcended the music video, he is the guy. he is the one that didn't need to do great videos to be a great artist. he was bruce springsteen. don't let dust and allergies get between you and life's beautiful moments. with flonase allergy relief, they wont. when we breathe in allergens, our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allergy pills only control one substance. flonase controls six. and six is greater than one. flonase outperforms the #1 non-drowsy allergy pill. so you can seize those moments, wherever you find them. flonase. six is greater than one changes everything.
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david bowie, mick jagger,
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billy joel, rod stewart, all famous, all rich, and all men. rock and roll has been pretty much dominated by men until the last few years. >> pat benatar is hot, very hot. three albums in the past three years, all million sellers, and the latest album hit the top of the charts in just one month. her style is defiant, raucous, tough, and very sexy. ♪ we are young, heartache to heartache we sail ♪ no promises, no demands. >> it appears to me the one on stage is aggressive and soft at the same time, has a lot of strength and conviction, and can look good and still have brains. >> you would think in the era of music becoming a visual form more than ever that it would all be about object i have
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indication, but there were a lot of strong women on that video screen. ♪ >> meet the darlings of l.a.'s new music scene, the go-gos. ♪ ♪ >> unlike earlier girl groups like the ron ets or supremes, they write their own songs and play their own instruments. ♪ they got the beat. >> that was at punk rock as it got. to see girls up there, not just singing backup or not just standing in some cool outfit in front of a band, like they were the band. ♪ >> while the go-gos always look like they're having fun, they aren't to be taken seriously. the first female group to have a number one album, top of the
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list of female rock stars whose impact in the rock industry is stronger than ever ♪ the phone rings the middle of the night, my father yells what you going to do with your life. >> i thought her voice was extraordinary, and cyndi was a good visual content creator. they were fun. >> march 31st, it is a monday, might consider it a manic monday. you would be interested to know there's a hit song by that name. you guys are very hot, yes? ♪ i was just in the middle of a dream. >> when the bangles came out, everyone was like it is another go-gos. they were like we're not the new go-gos, we're the new beatles. >> lot of people call that a '60s sound.
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do you think so? >> we don't go in making it sound like a buffalo springfield song, that's just the way they end up. ♪ just another manic monday, wish it were sunday. >> there's always a certain amount of people who will never take women as a group seriously. >> i mean, it's run by a chauvini chauvinistic industry. >> we don't worry about those things, we keep writing songs. >> there was a little attitude that they're okay for chicks, they can play okay for girls. we didn't understand why our gender mattered or why it defined us. >> "people" magazine says it will take an act of congress to keep this woman from becoming a mega star. whitney houston. ♪ how will i know if he really loves me ♪ i say a prayer with every heartbeat. >> whether she was doing a dance
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song or ballad. ♪ the greatest love of all. >> it stopped you in your tracks, you couldn't believe one woman could be blessed with that much, with the looks and the talent. >> this lady started as a dancer, went to new york, went to paris, worked with bands, came back as a single, is she hot. this is madonna! >> if you saw madonna, she looked like the girl that hung out at a club called the fun house. all the girls had the mesh thing and the boots and it was a mix of new wave punk with this other dance ability ♪ holiday, celebrate. >> i think madonna was able to use that core dance music, use the style of the streets that were going on and evolve that into a pop career. >> we are a couple weeks into the new year.
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what do you hope will happen not only in 1984 but for the rest of your professional life, what are your dreams, what's left? >> to rule the world. ♪ star light, star bright ♪ first star i see. >> star light, star bright. >> all of a sudden there were girls around with the gloves with the fingers cut out, hair in a net, wearing short skirts. hundreds of thousands of jewish girls wearing crucifixes because of madonna. >> what do you like about her? >> i like the way she acts like a different attitude that no one else has. >> dresses how she wants, acts how she wants, sinks how she wants, does what she wants. >> i think her appeal is that she's feminine, she's herself, she's sexual, but she's strong. she's an individual woman. >> madonna understood the mtv phenomenon, she understood the vibe and the look and the sound.
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it all came together with her. >> never underestimate, if they get you in one glance, what's going to make them look again. ♪ ooh, like a virgin, feels so good inside. >> madonna sang like a virgin and started to roll around on the ground, people thought it was a career ending moment for her. >> in this wedding dress, rolling around on the floor. it kind of stopped everybody in their tracks, thinking what is she doing, why is she doing it. by the next morning, biggest star in the world. >> madonna had no doubt, she's like this is happening, get out of the way. i am rich.
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♪ in the '80s, the videos were so expensive and so complicated and you had to wear things you would never dream of wearing before. at first it was a lot of fun to really get dressed up, pull in that corset, wear tons of makeup and great big huge hair. you had to have that thing, i am
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coming out of a gold mold and she has a welding iron and is an amazon welding woman or something. >> we felt lost in the theater of it. it got to the point where videos were more important than the songs. >> it did feel like i can't steer the ship any more, where is it going. where are we headed. >> i think heavy metal is the true rock and roll of the '80s, and rock and roll was basically made by people that were thinking with their crotches. [bleep]. >> heavy metal, it is not something new in physics, it is rock and roll. loud, rude, glorifies sex and violence, hates authority and adolescent boys love it. >> this is it, this is the hot stuff. >> turn it off a second so we can talk. ♪
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♪ shot in the dark, one step away from you ♪ shot in the dark. >> you turn on your television set and you see this weird beastly presentation that was birthed in the pit of hell. >> where does he get information that i am satan? i know i am strange looking, i don't have horns and -- >> critics think there's something seriously wrong with metal music, outrageous by design, that it may have contributed to a number of teenage suicides. >> has rock and roll finally gone too far? a growing number of people think so and took the case to a u.s. senate hearing. the complaint that rock lyrics and videos are crossing the line into trash and smut. >> we are asking the recording industry to join parents by
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putting a label on products inappropriate for young children due to sexual or violent lyrics. >> in the '80s, artists pushing boundaries in different ways were bringing those messages and images into our homes and that provided political opportunity to push back against it. >> we can say they're senator wives, they're messing around in washington but they obviously have some real concerns. >> there's a lot i do that they applaud. they are taking responsibility as citizens. >> i brought along two videos which i believe are representative of the kind of presentation which caused the furor. ♪ got it bad, got it bad, i'm hot for teacher ♪ i got it bad so bad. >> who's going to decide what's a sexual content of a lyric, who's going to decide what is obscene and that, same housewives that are spearheading
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the movement? >> in all candor i would tell you it's outrageous filth. if i could find some way constitutionally to do away with it, i would. >> fans thought i am capable of making decisions about music i am listening to. i don't need tipper gore telling me what i can listen to. >> the establishment of a rating system, voluntary or otherwise, opens the door to an endless parade of moral quality control programs, things certain christians don't like. i think leave it up to the parent. not all parents want to keep their children totally ignorant. >> you and i differ on what's ignorance and what's educated. >> they didn't get the rating system they wanted but got a commitment to an inscription on packaging of albums and cassettes and videos saying they contain explicit lyrics. >> good rock and roll breaks all the rules, okay?
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that's just the way it is, way it always has been. elvis presley was not good for the children either. >> good morning, everybody. i'm very pleased to announce live aid which without a doubt will be the largest pop concert. >> live aid was the brainchild of bob gel dove and they were looking to raise money for familiar in victims in ethiopia. >> when tomorrow's 17 hour fundraising concert starts, sellout crowds in stadiums will be joined by a television audience of perhaps 1.5 billion people in the world. >> come on baby, hitting the road yeah! >> watching live aid on tv was my version of driving to woodstock and i watched every second of it. ♪
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don't have to live like a refugee ♪ don't have to live like a refugee ♪ all we hear is radio gaga. >> the great thing about live aid, it showed that musicians seemed to be the most altruistic people in the world. >> and whose heart is in dublin ireland, group never had a problem saying how they feel, u2. >> when they played live aid, things changed. rock and roll was getting serious. music could change the world. bono could change the world ♪ sunday bloody sunday ♪ sunday bloody sunday. >> u2, formed ten years ago when the members were school boys is now arguably the hottest rock and roll band in the world.
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their last album the joshua tree has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. >> u2 in the video age were still developing and becoming a great band and maintaining that kind of connection with people and not getting the message lost in the medium. >> spent the last ten years finding out how to be in u2, spend the next two seeing what u2 can do. thope to see you again soon.. whoa, whoa, i got this. just gotta get the check. almost there. i can't reach it. if you have alligator arms, you avoid picking up the check. what?
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right now, all around us, so compelling you never miss the fact there's no remedy, a music that's all beat, strong beat and talk. it is rap music. >> rap music began on playgrounds like this one where people gathered to spin records and recite their own lyrics, their raps, over the instrumental section. the brakes was curtis blow's biggest hit, selling 680,000 copies, hitting the top of rhythm and blues chart. >> running around with the local dj, i watched the transition
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from all of the disco music we used to play at the block parties to slowly but surely hip-hop taking over. >> the music underneath rapping is called scratching, process of using two turntables and mixer making new sounds out of already existing albums. >> thing that gave live to music in the '80s for me was hip-hop because it took sounds of the '60s and '70s and brought it to the forefront. ♪ ♪ >> the message was the first hip-hop song that wasn't just a party song, it was talking about what was going on, talking about urban decay, drugs, crime, prison, all these things that were hitting communities hard. ♪ >> the message was okay, put that down. what he just said, put the
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record back, play that again. ♪ don't push me cause i am close to the edge. >> everyone knew the song and it opened the flood gates for the next generation of rappers. >> when run dmc came out, they were taking rock and roll music, putting it together with hip-hop, making something brand new out of it. ♪ >> run dmc, kind of led zeppelin lynnized hip-hop, it was looking the scoreboard down. ♪ >> aerosmith was falling off the map and brought them back, and then you get more white kids
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listening to pop. >> run dmc's latest album "raising hell" sold more than a million copies in 13 weeks, a first for a rap record. >> license to l. that's a stupid name. ♪ >> hip-hop was our baby, our culture, this is our music, we created it, then here come the beastie boys, and we were afraid we were going to lose it. ♪ you got to fight for your right. >> and started listening to the music, they really were funky and could get busy. we were like okay, all right. ♪ >> beastie boys come out what people thought would be a pop hip-hop group. no, straight hip-hop.
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beastie boys was dope, you know what i mean? ♪ ♪ >> license to ill spread like wild fire, introduced a lot of people to hip-hop culture. >> give us some definition of the ll. >> ladies love legend, lover of ladies, read hot -- lot of ls. >> talking how much of a lover, women love them to death, how they can throw down, dance, nobody better mess with me, all that foolishness. if they were to address the issues, the issues being poverty, the issues being not having political power, you see what i'm saying, all these issues, they should be addressing this with their energy. >> he is the guy that single
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handedly changed the phrasing of rap and hip-hop, came to the world like a poet. i learned different rhythm listening to jazz, learned different rhythm, i incorporated that in my rhyme style, not just the rap, i was in between. what i am trying to do, trying to set example for the little kids, you know what i'm saying, teach the babies, you know what i'm saying, try to lead them on the right path. >> summer of 1987, rebel without a cause comes out. it was a call to arms. it was the sound of anger, the sound of something boiling under. public enemy literally said we want to be music's worst nightmare. >> public enemy extreme politics meant almost no radio air play, even on black stations. it is rap for a reason. they call it a mind revolution.
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>> rebel without a cause was heavily influenced by rakim and heavily influenced by what was just going on. it was really a desperate call to have us being heard. >> >> haven't you got a responsibility to them? >> i have a responsibility to my peemt and my culture because my people and my culture have been brutalized and ignored for years. ♪ mothers standing in the welfare line, the way you survive is crime ♪ >> ice-t is the first west coast gangster rap, reality rap. 6:00 in the morning police at my door, ice-t did it way before nwa did it. ♪ straight out of compton, crazy [ bleep ] from a gang called niggers with attitude ♪ i got a sawed off, squeeze a
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trigger, you, two, boy ♪ >> the los angeles rap group nwa drew fire from police because its album "straight outta compton" talked in vulgar language ant about retaliating against cops for their anti-gang sweeps in the l.a. area. >> they gave us the gritty, grimy gang banging streets of compton. this is what's going on with us. ♪ believe i'm stopping but when i'm coming back ♪ i'm straight outta compton
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>> you can talk about videos but in the '80s, the actual sound of what popular music was and what was accepted as a sound, a drum sound or keyboard sound or baseline sound changed profoundly over the course of a decade. ♪ she drives me crazy, like no one else ♪ she drives me crazy and i can't handle it ♪ >> coming to the end of the '80s like watching a kaleidoscope. you open it up and see a little bit of everything. ♪ love shack is a little place where we can get together ♪
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>> it was the time when everybody was getting involved and everybody was expressing themselves loudly. we are having the best time ever. ♪ never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down ♪ never gonna run around and desert you ♪ >> every audience needs to get fed. we fed the pop audience, but where's the rock 'n roll. ♪ oh, we're halfway there, oh, living on a prayer ♪ take my hand, we'll make it, i swear ♪ >> bon jovi comes in with a huge record. ♪ pour some sugar on me def leopard, fantastic record. and that begins to bring that kind of music back. ♪ pour some sugar on me >> at the end of the '80s,
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everybody came to the same conclusion simultaneously -- something new needs to happen here and it's got to be real sounding. more garage, less produced. >> this music that was bubbling out of places like portland and seattle and bands like nirvana that weren't looking to fit in to what was being played on mtv or what was being played on radio. ♪ i can see you every night >> eventually radio and mtv came to them. the seeds of what will happen in the next decade are already all there by the end of the '80s. college rock, like rem was something new entirely. ♪ follow me, don't follow me, got my spine ♪ i've got my orange crush >> the way peter buck played
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guitar and the way stipe sang where the voice was incredible but you couldn't figure out what he was saying made them more alluring and mysterious. you could get why that band would become huge. >> it wasn't new wave, it wasn't a new romantic, they started calling it alternative music. ♪ it's the end of the world as we know it ♪ it's the end of the world as we know ♪ and i feel fine >> you know, this is the thing about the '80s. everyone think s it's about cray hair cuts, lots of makeup, insane clothes. and it was, but the thing about this music that lasts is that their songs were so good. you can go back and listen to those records from the engineering to the musicianship to the writing and to the performance of it, it surpasses
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most music. >> everybody had a story and they wanted to tell it. the artists that were coming through the tv and into your lives. ♪ everybody wants to rule the world ♪ >> i'll say the music of the '80s is more effective than what came to us in the '60s, simply because all of us were included this time. no decade was more effective in dance music and politics and different genres than the '80s. there will never be another decade like it ever. ♪ everybody wants to rule the world, there's a room ♪ where the light won't find you, holding hands while ♪ the walls come tumbling down, when they do ♪ i'll be right behind you, so glad ♪ we've almost made it, so sad they have to fake it ♪ everybody wants to world
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♪ ♪ it's the '80s all over again. a political outsider runs for the highest office in the land and promises a new day in america. sound familiar? this is "cnn tonight" and i'm don lemon. i'm talking about donald trump. he says this on the day he gets the delegates he needs to clinch the gop nomination. >> we had a big day today today was the day where we hit 1237, right? [ cheers and applause ] 1237. hillary clinton inching to turn her attention to the general takes aim at trump. >> there is absolutely no way that we can let


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