This week in “The Real Eighties”, we’re going to look at American music.
The post-punk era had very different effects on both sides of the pond – if you go by stereotype at least. Still – the stereotype was that British post-punk pop was largely technological, while in American it went back to the future.
John Mellencamp took a break from a fairly lackluster career to dive into sixties R’nB and garage rock records, and came back with a couple of the best American albums of the era.
Bruce Springsteen swerved abruptly away from the top forty into Woody Guthrie territory with Nebraska:
And it was just the beginning of one of the best ten year stretches that American popular music had had.
More as we proceed through the week.