Named after one of my favourite songs of the ’80s, movingtheriver.com launched in December 2014. It’s a celebration of that decade’s music, movies and more. I hope it’s an enjoyable, informative, eclectic mix. Musically, we touch on rock, pop, prog, funk, jazz, soul and all points in-between. Movie-wise, cult films, crap films and forgotten classics are the orders of the day.
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I hope the site chimes with the generation who grew up watching ‘The Tube’ religiously every Friday evening, hanging out at places like The Wag, Dingwalls, Hammersmith Odeon and the Town & Country Club, and buying magazines like Smash Hits, Q, NME, Melody Maker and The Wire.
But movingtheriver.com also looks at the decade’s fascinating musical misfires and the veterans who, against all the odds, produced some material of worth. I also foreground some of the unsung figures of the 1980s: key musicians, producers and scenesters.
On the right side of every page, you will find a list of recent posts and different categories, by year, artist and music genre. You can also search for your favourite artist/album/musician in the Search box on each page.
We’re always hearing about the ’80s being ‘the decade that taste forgot’ – in fact it was musically vibrant, inclusive, exciting, fun and full of intriguing artists, against-the-odds successes and glorious failures. Many of the era’s best artists took the DIY punk ethos and ran with it.
Of the ‘old guard’ who emerged in the ‘60s and ‘70s and before, people like Stanley Clarke, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, John Martyn, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Robbie Robertson, Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Bowie and George Benson, some floundered, a few found unexpected career milestones, none were boring.
So this is not an exhaustive directory of ‘80s music but a personal account featuring artists who were on my musical radar during the decade or whom I’ve discovered since.
I’ll also try to feature some music that was possibly neglected by the great pillars of ‘80s music journalism, and give new takes on artists who were critics’ favourites.
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Wow, what an enticing and interesting list. Makes me want to hear them all…
Jeez. I feel old.
I only know about half of your list.
I was in America for the eighties though.
Not sure you’d be as positive about the decade from there. For me it was Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty…
Yikes… I’m fine with Steely, Doug, as you know, but I do struggle with the other two…
Just figured I’d post this rather odd, minimal, moment in Costello’s catalog, originally released on 45 as The Imposter, and see if this stripped down approach appeals more to your sensibilities. I’ve always had a particular fondness for this cut.
Wow. That’s a very spooky song. Thanks for the tip-off. Great understated vocal. There’s another Costello track that I love, possibly from the early ’80s but I’m not sure, called ‘Beaten By The Clock’ I think. I can never seem to find it though. In general I found that his heart-on-sleeve style wasn’t really suited to the decade (with the obvious exception of the brilliant ‘Shipbuilding’ of course), though I need to check out the stuff he co-wrote with McCartney, I’ve heard good things about that.
I think you might be referring to Beaten By the Punch, from Get Happy. Maybe.
Exactly. Thanks Ian. Are there two versions of it though? The album version I’ve just listened to sounds a lot ‘cleaner’ than another version I’ve heard.