Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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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.

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Fizzbin (#260,272)

No no no. Can we please stop rehabilitating the 1980s and the Bob Dylans' and Phil Collins' complicities in that putrid decade? This is a horrible song that got the video it deserved. There's a reason that the only 1980s Dylan cover band is called Shitty Dylan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-naySwtjOgo

ThouSayest (#243,865)

So, with all the analogies going around for the new War on Drugs album ("Springsteen from Avalon" or "Tom Petty if he was from Atlantis" or "Dire Fleetwood") it occurred to me today what my comparison is – Infidel's era Dylan. Which is a great album through and through.

Fizzbin (#260,272)

yes i will concede that…it's pretty damn good.

The Flavor (#264,994)

This is not to defend the decade overall, but Oh Mercy came out in 1989 and was one of his very best albums. (Also very well received by critics, so it's not just me)

sigerson (#179)

Oh, but Silvio and Brownsville Girl are so damn good!

"I can tell you fancy, I can tell you plain
You give something up for everything you gain
Since every pleasure's got an edge of pain
Pay for your ticket and don't complain"

sigerson (#179)

and Most of the Time rings true like it was written in my soul

"Most of the time
She ain’t even in my mind
I wouldn’t know her if I saw her
She’s that far behind
Most of the time
I can’t even be sure
If she was ever with me
Or if I was with her"

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