Economic Crisis – perhaps now we’ll have some decent music

A recent article about 1980s British band the Specials makes me ponder the link between economic downturns and quality popular music.

It was an era of strikes, unemployment, recession and a hundred thousand school pencil cases with black and white checks scratched on them…

So it would be nice to hope for better pop  now the bottom’s dropped out of the economy. At least in the midst of shipwreck we could be buoyed up by  music.

But before getting our hopes up, let’s pause and remember that while Coventry gave us Jerry Dammers, Terry Hall and the Specials, just along the road in Birmingham,  gearing up for world domination was –  Duran Duran.

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