Devo

ElectronicNew WavepopPost-Punk

Devo is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single…

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Depeche Mode

Alternative RockElectronicpop

In late 1981, Depeche Mode placed an anonymous ad in Melody Maker looking for another musician; it said: "Name Band, synthesize, must be under twenty-one." Alan Wilder, a keyboardist from West London, responded and, after two auditions and despite being 22 years old, he was hired in early 1982, initially on…

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Madonna

pop

Madonna's look and style of dressing, her performances, and her music videos influenced young girls and women. Her style became one of the female fashion trends of the 1980s. Created by stylist and jewelry designer Maripol, the look consisted of lace tops, skirts over capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewelry bearing…

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Klymaxx

popR&B / Soul

After their second Solar album in 1983, Klymaxx switched to the MCA-distributed Constellation label for Meeting in the Ladies Room. It featuring their first hit "The Men All Pause" (penned by Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby) and marked the beginning of their success. In 1985, Kool & the Gang, Midnight…

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Ready for the World

popR&B / Soul

In 1985, the band signed to the Steven Machat-Rick Smith management company, AMI. The agreement with MCA was redrawn, and promotion and marketing dollars were committed to promoting the group. This proved successful as the group was steered to #1 on the US pop charts as well as top five…

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the Beach Boys

popRock

On July 4, 1985, the Beach Boys played to an afternoon crowd of one million in Philadelphia and the same evening they performed for over 750,000 people on the Mall in Washington. They also appeared nine days later at the Live Aid concert. That year, they released the eponymous album…

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Bette Midler

pop

Midler worked on the troubled comedy project Jinxed! in 1981. However, during production, there was friction with co-star Ken Wahl and the film's director, Don Siegel. Released in 1982, the film was a major flop. Midler did not appear in any other films until 1986. During those four years, she concentrated on…

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Bruce Willis

popR&B / Soul

In the late 1980s, Willis enjoyed moderate success as a recording artist, recording an album of pop-blues titled The Return of Bruno, which included the hit single "Respect Yourself" featuring The Pointer Sisters.  The LP was promoted by a Spinal Tap–like rockumentary parody featuring scenes of Willis performing at famous…

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Vanity 6

popR&B / Soul

In 1981, Prince, himself a rising musical star, suggested that his three female friends—his girlfriend Susan Moonsie, Boston native Brenda Bennett, and Jamie Shoop form a girl group that would be called "The Hookers". Prince's vision was that the three women would perform in lingerie and sing sensual songs with…

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Debarge

popR&B / Soul

DeBarge released six studio albums, four of them with Motown's Gordy Records: The DeBarges (1981), All This Love (1982), In a Special Way (1983), and Rhythm of the Night (1985). The latter became the group's best-selling album and garnered the single "Rhythm of the Night", which neared the top of…

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