Is Everything Old New Again?

Triple J has recently been broadcasting “Acceptable in the 80s,” a fascinating series of programmes looking at the 80s-revival we’ve been experiencing in recent times (love it or hate it!) Here’s what the Triple J website has to say:

“… why, now that we live in the future, does everything look and sound a bit like it’s from 1986? Has the fabric of time been altered somehow? Have we run out of new ideas? Or does our new-found fondness for synth-pop and shoulder pads have some deeper significance?

“To find out, author and triple j culture guy Craig Schuftan dons a pair of stupid 80s sunglasses, soups up his sports car with one of those flux capacitor things, and risks further damage to the space-time continuum by travelling back to the origin point of the current crisis – the 1980s. There, he finds himself in a strange world – a world where people listen to futuristic robot-pop while spending money they don’t have on ridiculous clothes so as to take their minds off the impending apocalypse. Yes, all very strange – and yet at the same time, eerily familiar…”

Below is the first episode in the series – hit the play button to listen to it here, or follow the links below to catch the whole series on the Triple J website.

  • Check out ‘Acceptable in the 80s’
  • Subscribe to the podcast
  • Interested in other great resources looking at music culture? Try some of these books and DVDs in the Library’s collection, or search for ‘popular culture and music’ in the Library Catalogue Advanced Search.

  • Beethoven or Britney : the great divide in music education by Robert Walker. Check Availability
  • Listening to popular music, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love Led Zeppelin by Theodore Gracyk. Check Availability
  • Sex’n’pop : complete series. [DVD] Check Availability
  • Girls gone skank : the sexualization of girls in American culture by Patrice A. Oppliger. Check Availability