Some bands from the 1980s include The Replacements, The Cure and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. These bands experienced both critical and commercial success throughout the 1980s, influencing a wide range of artists.Continue Reading
Beginning the 80s as a sloppy, beer-soaked punk band, Minneapolis troublemakers The Replacements reached new artistic heights on their 1983 album ���Let It Be.��� Bold enough to steal an album title from The Beatles but talented enough to justify it, The Replacements��� mixture of driving rock and sophisticated songwriting brought them success throughout the 1980s, including a major label contract and an infamous appearance on ���Saturday Night Live.���
Perennial goth favorites The Cure released some of their biggest albums during the 1980s, including ���Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me��� and ���Disintegration.��� Moving beyond their punk roots, The Cure���s sound in the 80s became increasingly melodic and complex, with bandleader Robert Smith serving up morose tunes that were still undeniably catchy. The singles ���Just Like Heaven��� and ���Lovesong��� made the band into legitimate pop stars.
Although Bruce Springsteen had been active throughout most of the 1970s, it wasn���t until the 1980s that he and his E Street Band became true rock royalty. Springsteen won critical acclaim for his early 80s albums ���The River��� and ���Nebraska,��� but it was 1984���s blockbuster ���Born in the U.S.A.��� that transformed him and his band into some of the world���s biggest rocks stars.Learn more about Art & Literature