Isn’t it true for every decade though? Bay City Rollers anyone? The Monkees? The whole Disco fiasco? @bickster’s absolute hatred of the Beatles is obviously well known on this board. You can pretty much go to any “top 40” over the last 50/60 years and pretty guarantee that over half of each which is pretty poor.
I think with the 80s, it is quite easy to pick on because of its complete eccentric fashion and the chart music. For me though, you have the rise of NWOBHM with Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon etc and then the rise of Thrash with Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth etc. Don’t get me wrong, even in those lot, you can get a lot of tripe (still can’t stand Megadeth) and don’t get me started on Hair Metal, the pinnacle of why metal gets such a horrendous reputation. I do agree the nostalgia can be a little off, currently in metal there seems is a nostalgia for nü-metal which to be honest, is probably best left buried.
I think the point I’m making is there is good music all decades, you just have to find it. As I’ve got older, that’s been another element rather than just finding new bands. I mean, I’ve ended up buying a load of stuff just because I’ve seen it here, hell I even picked up Screamadelica the other day because a load of you kept on going on about how it’s the greatest record of all time (disagree but can see why its well liked, a lot better than a lot of the other stuff from around that time). I mean, the stuff that influenced what you liked post 1988, do you not enjoy that? Although I know your not doing this per say, but I don’t think it’s fair to rule out a decade in its entirety. Ultimately, there is A LOT of good music out there, l and finding it is part of the fun is it not?
Oh, and Arms of Mary? Nope never heard it either, and to be honest, having now listened to it, I’m glad I hadn’t