- 14 Mar 16
The music was fine & the fashion crazy- but there was still a whole lot wrong with the world during the bleak decade that the '80s became. We select a major news event from each year, to give a flavour of just how grim things were- alleviated by the occasional smidgeon of good news...
Ah, the ‘80s. We might look back on it with a sort of euphoric nostalgic recall, but in truth there was much about the decade that was insufferably grim. Politically, it was a horrendous time for those of leftist bent: Margaret Thatcher had swept to power in the UK in 1979, Ronald Reagan conquered the White House in 1980.
The neo-liberal greed-is-good agenda became an almost-unquestioned, unchallenged political orthodoxy (many would say it still is). Not everyone was willing to buckle, and there was insurrection in Ulster, riots in London and Liverpool, and general unrest everywhere. Ironically, this climate helped to produce some fantastic social commentary from the worlds of ﬁlm, literature and music – it is impossible to listen now to, say, The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ or Elvis Costello’s ‘Shipbuilding’ and not feel faint stirrings of awe for a time when the icons of the age had plenty to say and were determined to say it. Here is an overview of the decade’s seismic events...
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