Take a careful read through the document below for an introduction to the musical styles which underpinned developments in the 1980s..Below the document are some associated youtube clips. These are just a starting point. Do make sure that you have listened to all the tracks mentioned in the document and are able to identify the musical characteristics of the styles outlined.
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Check out the very fine Stuart Copeland on drums..superb. Amongst other treasure hidden in the 1980s playlist below..enjoy!