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What was the 1980s about? It was the advent of Generation X. It was the end of 1960s idealism and the dawn of 2000s cynicism. It was time to try to live up to the goofy dorkiness of previous decades, and between the Zuba pants, talking cars, pogs, and Rubick's cubes, they did their best to deliver. It was also the "official" launch of the computer era - though computers had been deployed since the '60s, the '80s were the first decade when "a desktop in every home" was a feasible possibility.

Musically, the 1980s gave us the resurgence of synthesizers and techno sounds. Punk rock and heavy metal, both born in the 1970s, grew to respectable maturity at this time. New genres included rap and new wave. Nurtured by mass media culture and the dawn of MTV, music culture became more alive and vibrant than ever; a nobody-nowhere band could be at the top of the charts in a week and have a hundred imitators next month.

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