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Royal Wedding; Worried About the Boy; Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop; Ashes to Ashes | TV review

22 May 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC's 80s season presents a decade of bad fashion and vacuous music as a cultural landmark

It strikes me that one of the reasons we so readily slice time into neat 10-year periods of zeitgeist is that each of the decades from the 50s through to the 80s provided distinctive shifts in pop music. As nothing evokes the peculiarity of an age quite so emotively as a new type of song, for the past half century pop has served as the soundtrack of folk memory.

Yet as a method of looking back to the past, it's beginning to deliver diminishing returns. In the absence of any original music trends, the 90s and the noughties seemed to bleed into one another. And now we have come to live in a state of permanent retrospection, popwise, with a plethora of "classic" and "gold" radio stations and a music industry based on imitation, »

- Andrew Anthony

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