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Acoustic 80s Covers

The 1980s have a special place in today's popular music culture as the '80s gave birth to a lot of legendary bands and artists. The electro melodies instrumental hooks and beats were replacing traditional music,  heavily influenced by the availability of Electronic-music, synthesizers creating the Synth-pop era, which peaked in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. It wasn't just about the listeners though, The Music-industry was all about image due to the popularity of the music video, electronica appeared to take over Rock-and-Roll. 

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Who can forget the haunting tone of Frontman Ian Curtis and Joy Division with love will tear us apart in 1980?  The Pudenski Brothers band perform music by many different artists from the 1980s, traditional folk songs, music from popular rock bands, in fact, most popular songs, however, the largest area of their playlist comes from 80s acoustic cover songs. Acoustic covers of popular 80s songs, with the Percussion provided by Craig, and Lead vocalist and acoustic guitar provided by Martin. Bringing back memories of your favourite Number-one

The Music which was popular for this generation came from this new romantic era which was popular on the music scene, The Pudenski Brothers perform their version stripped back mimicking the synthesizers with acoustic guitar and a Cajon replacing the rhythms from the drums. If this was your type of music, then come along and watch the brothers play. There were also several new genres that arrived throughout the 1980s, Disco was still round and about but musical styles were changing. These changes included Punk-rock, Progressive rock, Hip-Hop and New Wave which have all influenced music today. This article takes a look at other influences of acoustic covers of popular hits and why we all love a great acoustic cover.

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Music Television channel MTV launched in New York in August 1981 which led to the proliferation of the Music Video. This had a major influence on most popular music, whether your style of music was Heavy-metal, Elecro pop, krautrock When the cable music channel MTV launched on 1 August 1981, it had little choice but to play a large number of music videos from British new wave acts The music videos were played by VJ’s (VeeJays) who became personalities in their own right. It is this video which Trevor Horn referred to in his technology tale of Video Killed The Radio Star. MTV expanded with other channels, one of which was MTV unplugged. This created much interest in the late 1980s with music performed with acoustic instruments. Many of the artists who performed unplugged went on to release acoustic albums of their hits which often performed better than the original release of the album.

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Covering an artists song in a different style can allow recognition of great songs in their own right, but also as powerful re-interpretations of already great tunes. Some people will use the tools of today such as Spotify, YouTube or SoundCloud to find their favourite acoustic covers. An awesome acoustic cover can really showcase an excellent song and the versatility of the artist. In fact, some songs which were only an average outcome when initially released were massive hits when they were released as an acoustic track. In many cases, acoustic 80s songs can sound superior to their original recording

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