If you came of age musically in the 1980s, you’ll probably remember how futuristic everything sounded. Synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, samplers. Who needs guitars and real drums when we had this technology?
Well, it turns out that these sounds were fleeting and now date this music like the shot of Michael Douglas and his cell phone in Wall Street. We got tired of Linn Drums, Syndrums, the presets of the Yamaha DX-7 and Phil Collins. Grunge set everything right with a return to the basics of rock instrumentation.
But let’s engage in a little counterfactual/alternative history. Forget what the world would look like had Hitler want WW II. What if the synth sounds of the 80s had conquered guitars forever? Then we might be listening to music like this.