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70s groups that tanked in the 80s

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    Anybody think of any groups that were cool in the 60s &/or 70s, but just did not translate well into the 80s?

    I think of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship. I loved their music in the 70s, but when they tried to go mainstream pop in the 80s (e.g. We Built This City) I just cringe.
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    Kill me for saying this if you want, but I liked Starship's song "Sara".

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    I like Starship's "Sara" too. It's a good song, but I think they tried too hard to conform to the 80s style. Jefferson Airplane was when they were great. Grace Slick...gotta love her.
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    I actually like the song "We Built This City."

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    bands that declined in the 80's, Alice Cooper would be one, What about Aerosmith, big in the 70's, virtually disappeared in the early and mid 80's but came back bigger than ever from 87 on. Finally in my opinion Bruce Springsteen went downhill in the eighties after great records like Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town, however from the point of fans and record sales the 80's was the best decade for the Boss
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    I think I might have liked the Starship music better if it were not done by them, if that makes any sense. I know groups can "evolve" in their music, but they just tried too hard to fit in to the mainstream and didn't have the same soul I love in Jefferson Airplane.
    I agree Springsteen's pre-80s stuff was better too.
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    I can think of only one: Fleetwood Mac. Their music in the 70's was awesome. But, the couple albums they put out in the 80's were just not as good. They had great moments but the magic was gone.
    I can think of another: Heart. They had some great music in the 70's too. But, in the 80's they really floundered, IMO. It seemed like the only reason they put anything out was so they could pose for videos.

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    Originally posted by Iluvthe80s:
    <STRONG>I actually like the song "We Built This City."</STRONG>
    I liked that song, too!
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    I hated 'Sara' and 'We Built This City'!
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    Originally posted by Sheibub:
    <STRONG>I hated 'Sara' and 'We Built This City'!</STRONG>
    Must be a cow thing.
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    A few groups that come to mind.

    Supertramp: Made some good music in the late 70s. Had a few top 20 hits in the 80s, but never got that magic back, IMHO.

    Steely Dan: I loved the music they did in the 70s. By the 1980s it was over!

    Led Zeppelin: They ruled the 70s hard rock. By the 80s it was over.

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    Meatloaf, he all but disappeared in the 80's and did make a comeback in the early 90's
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    I'm not saying this guy bombed in the 80's. (I don't think I heard anything else from him later) but I Loved this song growing up from the 70's.

    "met my old lover in the grocery store.
    the snow was falling Christmas eve..
    Stole behind her in the frozen foods,
    and I touched her on the sleeve..."


    who was that, and did he do anything good in the 80's?

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    Originally posted by Vilji:
    <STRONG>I'm not saying this guy bombed in the 80's. (I don't think I heard anything else from him later) but I Loved this song growing up from the 70's.

    "met my old lover in the grocery store.
    the snow was falling Christmas eve..
    Stole behind her in the frozen foods,
    and I touched her on the sleeve..."


    who was that, and did he do anything good in the 80's?</STRONG>
    I don't know who that was Vilji.
    A lot of the country stars that were big in
    the 70s died in the 80s and came back in a big way again in the 90s.
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    no, definitely not a country song. lol

    just a good, mushy one.


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    Vilji, I like that song a lot, too. I can't remember who did it though.
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    I agree about Meatloaf. He was completely unheard from in the 80s.

    I liked Sara by Starship, but We Built This City was way overplayed.

    Did anyone mention Led Zepplin or Lynrd Skynrd?

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    Originally posted by Vilji:
    <STRONG>I'm not saying this guy bombed in the 80's. (I don't think I heard anything else from him later) but I Loved this song growing up from the 70's.

    "met my old lover in the grocery store.
    the snow was falling Christmas eve..
    Stole behind her in the frozen foods,
    and I touched her on the sleeve..."


    who was that, and did he do anything good in the 80's?</STRONG>
    It is "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg and went to #9 in 80/81. He had 9 top 40 hits in the 80s.
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    Originally posted by ValJ:
    [Did anyone mention Led Zepplin ?[/QB]
    They did not "tank". They decided to not go on after the death of the drummer.

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    Originally posted by Vilji:
    <STRONG>no, definitely not a country song. lol

    just a good, mushy one.

    </STRONG>
    Hahaha, I didn't mean that song was a country one. Just that they all died in the 80s.

    I love the song you mentioned and I had totally forgotten about it. Haven't heard that in years.
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