80s music: 101 interesting things you may not have known

81. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan and The Supremes in 1988.


82. Alice Cooper almost died on stage in April 1988 – one of the props he was using malfunctioned.

83. Elton John auctioned off many items from his personal collection (including memorabilia and stage-worn clothing) at Sotheby’s in London for a total of $8.5 million in September 1988.

84. Roy Orbison co-founded Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne in 1988. He died of a heart-attack on the 6th of December in the same year. He was only 52 years old.

85. James Brown was sentenced to six years in jail in Georgia in the USA in 1989. It was in connection with a police chase through two different states.

James Brown - 80s music

86. The Bee Gees performed in the USA for the first time in 10 years in 1989.

87. Nirvana was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in the USA in 1987 by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. The band released their debut album (“Bleach”) in the same year.

88. Soundgarden was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. The band released their debut album (“Ultramega OK”) in 1988.

89. Alice in Chains was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987 by Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney. The band only released their debut album (“Facelift”) in 1990.

90. British rock band Blur was formed in 1988 in London, England. The band only released their debut album in 1991.

91. A-ha was formed in 1982 in Oslo, Norway by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy.

92. Diane Keaton directed the music video for Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place On Earth”.

93. The teenager Bruce Springsteen pulled up on-stage in his “Dancing in the Dark” music video was the not-yet-famous Courtney Cox (Monica from Friends).

94. Crowded House was formed in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. They were originally called The Mullanes.

95. Eric Clapton is credited on the Dire Straits ‘Brothers In Arms’ album due to the fact that he loaned Mark Knopfler one of his guitars for the album.

Eric Clapton - 80s music

96. Sting sings the “I want my MTV” line on Dire Straits‘s “Money For Nothing”. He originally said that line for a commercial on MTV.

97. The opening guitar riff for the Guns N’ Roses song “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was originally a warm up scale that Slash used to play before shows. Izzy Stradlin started playing chords along to it and the rest is history.

98. Robert Palmer’s song “Addicted to Love” was originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Kahn.

99. During the making of the video “Jump”, Van Halen spent more money on beer than they did on the production of the video.

100. Jethro Tull was selected over Metallica for Best Hard Rock Performance at the Grammy Awards in 1989.

101. The 1982 Men Without Hats song “Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers who were stopping dancers pogo-ing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming.

Well, there you have it, 101 Interesting 80s music facts you may not have known. I trust that you’ve learned something today. If you have, feel free to share this knowledge with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Sharing is caring after all.

If you have an 80s music fact that you can add to this list, feel free to comment below.

Alternatively, check out our list featuring 101 interesting facts about 80s cartoons.

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