This year has been awash with nostalgia for the final year of the Sixties and the end of the 20th Century (a.k.a. 1999), but Stranger Things is bringing the Eighties back in a, like, totally major way. The upcoming third season of the hit Netflix series (set to premiere July 4th on the streaming service) finds the Hawkins, Indiana crew navigating adolescence, as well as a paranormal phenomenon or two, over their school vacation in 1985. Aside from the near constant supernatural threats, we have to admit we envy them. Those warm months in the mid-point of the decade were a golden era for pop culture —and particularly music. Sure, the summer of ’69 may have had Woodstock, Abbey Road and “Honky Tonk Women,” but the summer of ’85 had Live Aid, Brothers in Arms and, well, “Summer of ’69.” Strap on your Walkman and read on. 1. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits Becomes the First Million-Selling CD (May 13th) Billy Joel’s 52nd Street holds the distinction of being the first pop music album ever released on CD, hitting the streets in Japan on October 1st, 1981 with the catalogue number 35DP-1. But Dire Strait’s fifth album, Brothers in Arms,… Read full this story
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