Choice of band prompts questions

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM.

I am a product of the 1980s. You see, that was the decade of my rise into adulthood. I started that decade in junior high, hating the Russians and celebrating the United States hockey team’s victory over the communists during the 1980 Olympics.

I went through high school and college, and by the end of that 10-year span, the Berlin Wall was down and I was married and had my first real job.

As such, that decade’s music affected me, and I have much of it on my iPod today. I enjoyed the hard rock music of groups such as AC/DC, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, just to name a few of the more popular bands of the time.

That music carried a message, much of it tied to the times — as today’s music carries a message. After all, artists write songs because they have something to say. Sometimes that message is simply to party, have fun and get girls. You may not like the message, but it is a message.

Music has a reputation of being, well, liberal. The staunch conservatives of the 1950s revolted against Elvis Presley and rock-n-roll. The 1960s brought us the music of the so-called hippies, and their drug culture and free love.

The 1970s brought us disco, and the Studio 54 scene of sexy moves on the dance floor.

Even in my decade, my parents didn’t understand the allure of the cranking and pounding electric guitars and drums of that hard rock music.

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