They continue to rule the world

In many parts of the world, those who call themselves lovers of pop music and who analyze all the decades of evolution since this musical style has become the biggest influence of young and not so young, agree to give it a nickname (not very lucky) to almost all the musical production of the eighties: the horrible eighties. I think it's a bit unfair. Although the aesthetics of that decade and the musical productions pretended a rupture with the past and, sometimes, provoked laughter, there are certain values ​​that have become standards until our days. The problem, from my point of view, is that we became an audience that consumed music through the eyes. The technological advances and the vision of many businessmen and creatives to take video clips in all the music that was produced in those moments distorted the perception that must be had when enjoying and analyzing the songs. Suddenly, the hairstyle or the clothes of the singers and musicians were more important than the main product: the song. The absurd video clips that took place in that stage became either the entertainment of people who did not even understand the value of the musicians and their works, or, in the reason for many people to move away from artists that were truly worthwhile. That continues to this day, although with the accumulated experience after so many years, There are very interesting nuances that have returned dignity to true geniuses who did not deserve (nor they, nor their songs) such a bad deal when the record companies ordered to produce a video as a campaign to promote their songs. Returning to the theme of the eighties and everything that occurred at that time, I remember with some anger that could not stand to see artists who did not deserve all the success they had just because they looked good on television and in the videos projected on MTV. At the same time, I was saddened to confirm that true artists surrendered to the demands of that market and lost all dignity in order not to lose validity. The worst thing was to see how great heroes of the previous two decades tended to disappear or greatly reduce their popularity and lower down the spread of their new songs just because they did not want to follow the new rules in the music market. However, not everything in the music of the eighties was bad or unworthy, there were also artists who knew how to adapt to these new rules, refined their image without falling into the pathetic and gave shape to what would be the hallmark of that era, which that up to this day is still valid in the work of many young people who, whether they want it or not, pay tribute to that musical stage of which perhaps even today many laugh without mercy. One of the best examples of good music, dignity, honesty in everything they composed and intelligence in the way they used the image of those years is Tears For Fears.


Who does not remember Tears For fears? It is a group that symbolizes everything that was wanted to be done in the decade of the eighties. Some tried it and got some success, others could not and they stayed in the attempt and, fortunately, others transcended. This is the case of Tears For Fears. Moderate in their way of dressing and combing their hair, but always in tune with the fashion of that time, they had the capacity to reach a broad public that was concerned about the image. Concerned about making good music and lyrics that would leave something to those who listened to them, they brought their influences (The Beatles, Human League and Duran Duran) into everything they composed to offer much more value to their compositions compared to a lot of what was composed at that time, and that by the simple and irrational desire to break with everything that his parents liked, they came to create horrendous songs. Tears For Fears, on the other hand, served as a bridge between the music that made history and the one that at that time dominated the scene, to create a very complete work that served as a respite to all music lovers who felt disappointed ( like me) with everything that was happening with that violent turn of the industry towards the creation of disposable music. They showed quality and good taste and reaped the eternal affection of an audience that still appreciates the fact that they have given it, like very few at that time, dignity to the music that was created in those years. Making history and being received with a great love until our days wherever they are presented by an audience that will remember them forever.


With the legacy of Tears For Fears and a few others from that era, we can confirm that life is not black and white and if there are better decades in the musical environment than others, it does not mean that everything is bad or everything is good, that's why I totally disagree with those who claim that the eighties were horrible, that is a simple and reductionist criticism, of people who in reality all they want is to destroy. For me, it was simply a stage in which the compass was lost for many and others were taken by surprise since the market changed abruptly and their needs (not all of them justified) were modified. However, with bands like this, everything can be rescued. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are artists who continue to inspire many and their musical influence can be heard in great hits of the moment. They adapted the sounds of the time to perpetuate them and to cause them to continue being copied. They always put their dignity ahead so as not to fall into the temptation of meaningless music just to earn money, and their honesty in composing and in their live performances have allowed them to rule the world of music until today. And they will continue to rule it.

By: Jorge Diaz

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