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The Early 1980s
From 1980, to the autumn of 1982, it was a continuum of 1979. Hard Rock, Progressive rock and Power Metal still reined the FM AOR airwaves, while Disco dominated more commercial Top 40 stations. Punk Rock during this period finally got its recognition and began to transform itself into a more of a "Pop-Punk" format such as "Rock the Kasbah" by The Clash.
1980 started with the continuing hostage crisis in Iran that began in 1979. Mickey Mouse voiced his opinion on T-shirts all over America while Jimmy Carter's rescue efforts ended in disasters. Unemployment jumped to 6.9% and inflation reached 11.3% (Sound familiar??). Blondie made her mark with Heart Of Glass and Funkytown by Lipps Inc. topped the charts that summer. AOR (FM Rock) was strong in 1980 with Pat Benatar's Crimes Of Passion and Split Endz I Got You. Ronald Regan was elected president that November. But the years ended on a very sad note with the death of John Lennon. Shot near his New York apartment in The Dakota by Mark David Chapman.
1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated on January 20th as the 40th President of the United States. Minutes later, Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days, ending the Iran hostage crisis. On TV, January 12th Dynasty debuted on ABC, MTV debuts on August 1st with Music Television, playing music videos 24 hours a day and on February 20th, Comedian Andy Kaufman ruins sketches and starts a brawl live on the air during ABC's Fridays. Kim Carnes's Bette Davis Eyes was the best selling record of the year hitting the #1 spot two times.
On January 17, 1982 a cold snap sweeps over the northern United States. Also in 1982 Ozzy Osborn releases Diary Of A Madman, Atari releases the Atari 5200 home console and Midway releases Ms. Pac-Man. Tylenol capsules infected with cyanide In October of 1982, ET made biggest box office smash and Late Night with David Letterman debuts on NBC. Other Debuts are Cheers and Family Ties, both on NBC. Prince releases 1999 and Michael Jackson releases Thriller causing a revolution in dance music, ending the Disco era.

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