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Mount Rushmore - 80s rock bands

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Scout, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    This is a lot more broad than Southern Rock, so I will try to narrow it down.

    This is not metal.
    This is not rap.
    This is not country.
    This is not R&B, dance or hip hop.
    Not synth pop.
    Guitars and drums. Guitars and drums.

    Without using the internet for time references, I will go with the following...

    The Police
    The Pixies
    Gund and Roses - hard call.

    OK, those three are on. The fourth is where I'm having trouble.
    REM? Not sure. Close, but I have a feeling I'm missing someone.
    Guns and Roses? Maybe. They are more rock than metal, IMHO.
    Black Crows? Maybe.
    Rush? Damn, maybe.
    Smashing Pumpkins?
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  2. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Van Halen
    Motley Crue
    Guns and Roses
  3. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    I'll add Prince and Bon Jovi to Liut's list.
  4. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Van Halen
    The Police
  5. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I'm inclined to go...

    Guns 'n' Roses
    The Smiths
    Van Halen

    The Clash misses by two weeks -- "London Calling" came out on December 14, 1979. I'm a little on the fence with Van Halen because the first two albums were released in the 70s. I might replace them with REM.
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  6. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Van Halen
    The Police

    Michael Jackson
  7. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    High school class of 1986 here. I'm not sure you can narrow it down to four.

    You've got u2, GNR, REM, Journey, The Police, The Smiths, Talking Heads, Cars, Whitesnake, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Jane's Addiction, Bon Jovi, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Judas Priest and Black Flag in the mix. And that's just the cassettes I remember being in my car back then (not to mention the Dead).
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Def Leppard ruled the '80s. Beginning to end. Their debut album came out in March 1980. Their first real hit came in 1981. Then Pyromania in 1983. Won best metal band at the 1989 AMAs.

    Then their main songwriter Steve Clark left the band in 1990 and died in January 1991. They never hit the Top 10 again.

    Def Leppard not only epitomized the 1980s, they did just about everything they are known for between Jan. 1, 1980 and Dec. 31, 1989.
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    ... they are the correct choice.

    This song IS the '80s. Funny thing is I heard this morning at the supermarket.

    Also, it was the first champion of MTV's Friday Night Video Fights ... for like the first 6 weeks.

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  10. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    I don't know where to put The Smiths. Maybe more of a pop band? Brit pop? I love them, but I can't call them rock.
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  11. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Can there be a side mountain for individual songs cuz this is on it.

  12. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    This is Olaf sing metal.
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