Standards So Devalued That Even '80s Dylan Okay Now


“When you ask someone to name a Bob Dylan song or album from the 1980s, you usually get a blank stare in return. Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One helps to answer this question.
—I was going to say that this assertion is incorrect, but you know what? It may very well be true. I can of course name several Bob Dylan songs or albums from the 1980s, but then again I was there when it happened. I personally remember the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments that occurred with each new release as the older people who set the cultural tone of the era realized that Bob didn’t really have another Blood on the Tracks just laying around ready to be recorded. But with the passing of time and the lowering of expectations and the general acceptance of just how shitty pretty much everything is from everyone after a certain point I think we can all start to appreciate some of the stuff that came out in that pivotal decade. Regardless, no excuses need ever be made for this song, which will always be one of my favorites. I am not making any great claims for the video, though. It was a pretty weird period.