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C O U R S E 
History of Rock, 1970-Present
John Covach, University of Rochester
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1980s New Acts, Old Styles and Blue-Eyed Soul
Notes taken on August 1, 2016 by Edward Tanguay
artists that came along in the 1980s but who based their sound on earlier styles
out of Australia
if you had just discovered AC/DC, you would think that they would be best grouped with bands like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin from the first half of the seventies
but AC/DC didn't have their first big hits in the United States until 1979, when groups like Led Zeppelin stopped recording
1979 Highway to Hell
Bon Scott dies
replaced by Brian Johnson
1981 Back in Black
a look back or a continuation of the tradition of blues rock with the kind of Robert Plant vocals, maybe a little scratchier than Robert Plant's vocals
the guitar hero at the center, Angus Young, who decided that his image would be of a school boy, so he's often wearing a schoolboy uniform, sometimes with a backpack, he's playing this Gibson SG guitar, he became a real Jimmy Page like figure
they became one of the stable acts of rock radio in the 80s
Huey Lewis and the News
out of San Francisco
they are different because they are easy rocking, sunny, and wholesome in terms of their approach
1985 The Power of Love
feature in Back to the Future
1986 Hip to Be Square
a return to an old-fashion good time
nothing sexually aggressive or predatorys
nothing that has to do with unhappiness or discomfort or protest or rebellion
just fun, good-time music that should puts a smile on your face
Hall and Oates
from Philadelphia
Hall had works with Gamble and Huff in the 1970s
the 70s version of the Righteous Brothers
1976 Sara Smile
1977 Rich Girl
more of an AM band than an FM band
1981 Private Eyes
Private Eyes
I Can't Go for That
makes them a stable
white guys that is strongly influenced by black soul of the 60s
George Michael
from the UK
originally from Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley
1984 Make it Big
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Careless Whisper
Everything She Wants
1987 Faith
blue-eyed soul
had a lot of cross-over success
popular with black listeners
Michael Bolton
from Connecticut
strong debts to 1960s soul
1988 Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
1990 Soul Provider
1991 When a Man Loves a Woman
was on TV a lot, white listeners knew him well
didn't have the cross-over success that George Michael had