10 Reasons Why 1989 Was Better Than 2012

Beautiful Beast's mastermind Julian Angel listed the top 10 reasons why he thinks 1989 was better than 2012.

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Everything about Beautiful Beast screams 1989. The brainchild of German singer/guitarist Julian Angel, the hair metal project revolves around songs about having nothing but a good time, Aqua Net-approved photo shoots and arena-ready choruses.

Angel started Beautiful Beast in 2010 along with fellow musicians Frank McDouglas (bass, keys, backing vocals) and Roland "Ro Lee" Jahoda (drums). Since their 2001 debut album, Adult Oriented Candy, did so well with hair metal, AOR and sleaze-rock enthusiasts throughout the globe, the band decided to get back into the studio to work on California Suntan, their latest record.

Beautiful Beast's mastermind listed the top 10 reasons why he thinks 1989 was better than 2012 (via Noisecreep).

01. The Music Hard rock and hair metal sounded a lot better than today's uber-sterilized radio pop-rock.

02. The Recognition In 1989 being a musician was still cool, especially if you had talent unlike today's "everyone's a star" attitude thanks to all the annoying reality shows.

03. The Vibe 1989 was about being cool and having a blast. 2012 is way too melancholic, lacking the fire.

04. The Fashion Looking like a rock star was way cooler than dressing like Forrest Gump. Girls wore mini skirts, not Jack Wolfskin jackets.

05. Music still on MTV As a German it was damn cool watching the U.S. MTV shows until they created a German version and lost all the cool. Today, they lost the music.

06. Vinyl Records Anyone could tell you just bought a record by the shape of your shopping bag. What a good conversation starter.

07. Mixtapes and the Walkman You carefully selected the songs for your trip to school and back. And you enjoyed them full length because fast-forwarding cost too many battery resources.

08. Carelessness The world was an easier place to live in. Besides, as a teenager Daddy used to handle all issues...

09. Girls More pretty girls meant more choice and more dates.

10. No Dancers In 1989 the musicians created all the action without legions of dancers on stage.

Thanks for the report to Noisecreep.

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    Boothus
    You missed the cocaine man, that MADE the 80s
    spiff-corgi
    I get a feeling that no matter when I was born, if the internet had existed I'd still hate everyone.
    Root Beer
    Cool story. Now for the top 10 reasons the 90's was better than the 80's: 1.Death of hair metal 2.Death of hair metal 3.Slight rebirth of prog rock 4.Death of hair metal 5.Music with actual emotion behind it 6.Death of hair metal 7.Death of hair metal 8.Birth of grunge 9.Death of hair metal 10.Death of hair metal
    Skyvalve2012
    rebirth of prog indeed. the 90's are when dream theater came in!!!! And Symphony x, and fates warning, and Aryeon, etc....
    Maiden95
    Best comment so far. +1 Hair metal was such an embarrassment, sorta like this article.
    TheExterminator
    Grunge had been going for a while during the 80s. The 90s was just when the media caught onto Nirvana's dumbed-down version of it, and big record labels started over-hyping Nirvana and pumping out crappy Grunge clones. Fuck the 90s. The 90s was when Pantera decided that Metal needed to be more mindlessly violent, generic, and for Rednecks, and were suddenly the mainstream-acclaimed saviours of Metal, despite it being completely alive and well with Death Metal, Black Metal, and Doom Metal.
    Rockztar91
    What the **** is this shit for? Why don't you produce some constructive news articles instead of this biased, nostalgic crap that has the same level of journalism as a teen pop magazine article.
    Carl6661
    I wish people would stop whining about why the past was apparently so much better. No matter what anyone bitches about, or how much they complain about the music industry today - it will NEVER be like it was years ago.
    Carl6661
    Not that I am saying this post is whiney. I just read a lot of stuff similar to this that is, and it's just tiresome most of the time.
    jgoodhart
    11. Metal was still relevant
    crushingmetal
    Testament, Kreator, Overkill, Cloudkicker, The Contortionist, Blut Aus Nord, Ihsahn, Agalloch, Unleashed, Cannibal Corpse, Spawn of Possession have all released killer albums and we're only halfway through 2012.
    Cheesepuff
    2012 > 1989 1. THE INTERNET Think of all the internet music and people that you wouldn't have heard otherwise. Think of all the songs you've illegally downloaded. Hell, think of all the songs you wouldn't have learnt. 2. mp3 players Gigabytes and gigabytes of songs. Take your entire library of music with you. Casettes break and vinyls aren't exactly portable. 3. Recognition With the advent of technology, bands relied less and less on labels and thus results in more music. 4. Cute indie girls I'd rather date one of these than a brainless blonde piece of meat. 5. Carelessness The youth are allowed much more responsibility and independence these days. With the cellphone came a reliable line of communication with everyone. 6. Youtube **** MTV 7. The vibe being yourself, being pissed off or sad or however emotional you are > being cool 8. Music Advances in technology and musical experimentation have led to entirely new genres of music. You can still get hair metal (and better produced), but you can also get djent, dubstep, indie-folk, post rock etc. anything you can think of. And if it doesn't exist, hell you can start a band and make it. 9. The Fashion ...80s fashion? really? The 2000's are far and away the best time for music ever.
    aerosmithfan95
    100% agree, man. People need to learn to move on and that the "good ol' days" are shit and are only "good" because they were kids and had no responsibilities.
    skild sic
    i love the one bout youtube lol....thas my personal favorite and i can personally vouch for the recognition part i dont have a mixer or fancy lessons from an expensive college i have three guitars an amp my computer my effects pedal a mic n a chord that acts as an interface recordable device...i record music all the time n post my videos on youtube in the past you would have to make a half decent copy of your music and hope that after 100 hours of listening to the radio watitin to see if they ever play your song i love the time we are in now metal gets more recognition than people realize otherwise small record labels and big alike wouldnt be doin as well as they are
    darkdevout
    Go Fuck Yourself, Metal music is doing just as fine. Fuck Glam.
    Lord_Doku
    But Glam doesn't have to compete with Metal. They can both exist for their own fans. Music is not a competition. That said, emo music can **** off.
    Scourge441
    Why are you complaining about emo when it hasn't been relevant as a genre in years?
    Jackie Lawless
    youve apparently never been to warped. its ruined because that shit and 'metalcore' is still around.
    TheExterminator
    Except for the fact that, when people complain about Glam "Metal", they're usually talking about the shitty trend that was started by MTV, where they got a bunch of crappy Pop Rock bands to completely bastardized the Glam and Shock Rock genres. You're right, it doesn't have to compete with Metal. But that doesn't make it any less of a commercialized trend full of mass-produced, pre-packaged bands that had little use outside making record companies lots of money by playing an accessible version of a once legitimate genre of music. Glam "Metal" is to Glam Rock, as 2000s emo music is to legitimate Emotional Hardcore.
    aureliusgtr
    unfortunately for your point...glam "metal", glam rock, emo, and "legitimate emotional hardcore ALL suck the big one..
    Xenophy
    ****ing thank you. Im so sick of people saying that there isnt good music anymore or that rock and metal are dead. Just because its not in your face and all over tv and the radio does not mean that its dead or not doing well. Metal is alive and kicking and will never die. Success is subjective. What one considers to be a success is what defines success for them.
    MC630
    If you think rock or metal is just as successful as it was in the days of Metallica Black Album, G'N'R, or in the cusp of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, then you are just delusional. If the record companies or market is not pushing it financially then new groups have a much slimmer chance if making it. Simple math, black and white.
    TheExterminator
    If you think the Black Album, G'N'R, and Nirvana are somehow high points in Rock and Metal history, you're about as delusional as the rest of 'em.
    crazysam23_Atax
    You're delusional. Things change, but that doesn't mean Metal or Rock are less successful. Look beyond the media glamour, and you'll see.
    purplexing
    It's not about media, It's about empirical data. When was the last time a rock album hit #1 on the billboard charts. And how is rock music earning much less than other genres of music?
    link no1
    Simple. Most of the fans download the albums. Wow, I amaze myself.
    purplexing
    And only rock fans download albums? No one downloads any other type of music except for rock?
    snoble029
    no, but no one downloads quite as much as rock fans and metalheads, cause we're all rebellious like that... and ****ing broke
    iamonlykidding
    Purplexing, Wrecking Ball from Bruce Springsteen was #1 in March this year. Jack White had a #1 album with Blunderbuss. Born and Raised, John Mayer's album. There have been plenty of #1 rock albums. Maybe not as much as pop, but pop has always been ahead of rock and metal.
    purplexing
    I agree with the fact that pop has always been more popular than rock and metal, but my argument is that rock music is less successful now than it was in 89. While Mayer and White have had success, it pales in comparison to the vast number of rock bands that had #1 hits in the 80's and 90's. And I'm talking about contemporary rock, so Springsteen doesn't really count.
    Spychosis
    What?? Dude, one word: SALES. Metal and Rock are very clearly less successful than in 1989. Lollapalooza has been getting more and more electronic & dance music every freaking year I know first hand (there's a stage dedicated to it and we had headlining dance artists this year). Sadly rock has become more of a side-genre of music no longer pushing the industry. The same thing happened to jazz and R&B music. It happens.
    scarabs
    wtf is this
    03. The Vibe 1989 was about being cool and having a blast. 2012 is way too melancholic, lacking the fire.
    oh ok then
    09. Girls More pretty girls meant more choice and more dates.
    yeah i've inspected all the girls from 1989 and all the girls from 2012 and yeah there were objectively more hotties in 1989 yeah 2012's for uggos jesus christ....
    My Last Words
    The best damn reason obviously: Metallica seattle concert and the release of AJFA and a shitload of other good records. Inbe4 metal purists, no I'm not a metallica fanboy, but this needs to be said.
    kratos379
    I agree. ...And Justice For All and Practice What You Preach (Testament) really made 1989 a great year for metal.
    DickHardwood
    The only difference is that media companies switched to teenage girls as their primary market. It will wear off sometime.
    whywefight
    That happened with Elvis, brah. And with the current state of the music industry, it might be a longgg time before the industry starts taking real chances again.
    MC630
    You're right, this is new- there was no Back Street Boys or N'Sync dominating the top, TRL- now known as iTunes, over 10 years ago. Get with it bud.
    xwf
    Lamest article ever. Sorry man, the late 80's were just as terrible as today.
    archangels
    2012 > Any year before it. I won't even comment on how ridiculous this article is. ...Whoops.
    on3andth3sam3
    Why it was better?? Hair Metal, The People of the 80's, and 80's fashion are reasons why the 80's sucked fat walrus knob.
    Connor6c
    This is the worst article I have ever read in my entire 5 years of coming onto this site.
    Lacebad
    wow, imagine being so out of touch with reality that, you believe, not only did everyone, suddenly and forever decide to quit making "rock and hair metal" on December 31st 1989 at 12pm but also believe that "uber-sterilized radio pop-rock" is the only form of music in existence. and 9?! are you trying to say for, a fact that there were more beautiful women in the world 1989 than any year since? can you back this up with data? I don't even know how to respond to that. Maybe in Germany it's forever 89 but the rest of the world has moved pal.
    MatasTeen
    Anyway, 1969 beats every year though. In that time music stood for values long since gone not only from today's music but also from today's society. Just watching interviews with bands from those times warm me up from the inside and make me smile.
    dandan120
    What we need today is another Black Sabbath, a band that emerges and changes the face of music and basically gives it a good kick up the arse
    Lord_Doku
    Just posting my opinion here...
    01. The Music Hard rock and hair metal sounded a lot better than today's uber-sterilized radio pop-rock.
    Agreed, but it of itself is not a problem. You can find most/all of hair metals greatest on Youtube. But people are eager to voice their negative opinion of hair metal. That, is what makes reason 01. what it is.
    02. The Recognition In 1989 being a musician was still cool, especially if you had talent unlike today's "everyone's a star" attitude thanks to all the annoying reality shows.
    Back then, not everyone was a musician. Now, everyone is almost expected to be a musician. People expect it to be someones second nature.
    03. The Vibe 1989 was about being cool and having a blast. 2012 is way too melancholic, lacking the fire.
    Because the people having a blast back then are retired from the party scene now, replaced by their over-sensitive brainwashed children.
    04. The Fashion Looking like a rock star was way cooler than dressing like Forrest Gump. Girls wore mini skirts, not Jack Wolfskin jackets.
    There are extremes everywhere. Case in point: Twisted Sister and Coldplay: extravagant showmanship, and extravagantly-expressed 'casualness'. I prefer 80's fashion though, much more interesting to look at.
    05. Music still on MTV As a German it was damn cool watching the U.S. MTV shows until they created a German version and lost all the cool. Today, they lost the music.
    Fully agreed.
    06. Vinyl Records Anyone could tell you just bought a record by the shape of your shopping bag. What a good conversation starter.
    Actually, back then, people didn't care about that. People are caring about it NOW, because it's 'special' and 'intriguing' to be playing music off of such a 'retro' format.
    07. Mixtapes and the Walkman You carefully selected the songs for your trip to school and back. And you enjoyed them full length because fast-forwarding cost too many battery resources.
    Forced efficiency really. To compare it to now, it was limiting, and young people hate that. Youngsters now prefer to have all their data on the go, wherever they go, whenever they go, whatever the costs.
    08. Carelessness The world was an easier place to live in. Besides, as a teenager Daddy used to handle all issues...
    Daddy got old, lazy, and got bad at teaching the morals, values and standards that will actually get you somewhere in life. Hence, the terrible pansy lyrics of today.
    09. Girls More pretty girls meant more choice and more dates.
    True, true, true. But the pretty girls are still here. It seems different because they all wear the same skimpy outfits, the same scenehair, the same tattoos with 'inspiring life lessons', and the very same makeup.
    10. No Dancers In 1989 the musicians created all the action without legions of dancers on stage.
    Which I completely agree with. Dancers have become a standard in music performances, and I personally dislike that. I'd go as far as practically hating it. But who am I to complain, just a kid from my generation being a pansy, posting my opinion like everybody else on a forum with a random article nobody honestly cares about because it's common knowledge. Yup.
    spyrostsal
    When will people realise that every decade has its good and bad music! In the 70's there was Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy etc. and ****in' ABBA! (sorry to anyone that likes ABBA but I find them pretty horrible). In the 80's there was Metallica, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Annihilator etc. and that emotionless glam (even though I like some glam bands they seemed to be too industrialised). In the 90's there was Nirvana, Pearl Jam, GNR, Alice in Chains, Korn, RATM, Tool etc. and Backstreet Boys. In the 00's there's Lamb of God, Slipknot, SOAD, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Britney Spears. And you insist that good music is gone in the 10's?
    TheExterminator
    Anyone who hates ABBA is a moron who needs to die off. And "Lamb of God, Slipknot, SOAD, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold"? Those bands are the types of bands Metalheads list next to B. Spears as examples of why modern-day music sucks, not the other way around.
    snoble029
    Everyone who says metal is now dead or irrelevant- It is ****ing not. Metal is just going back to the underground where it was born and where it belongs...
    WelshKes
    1989 was not fantastic, signaled the decline of Metal, NWOBHM band Tank split and music was getting more dance like, cheese pop is geting more popular
    JimDawson
    You know what the best part is? YOU CAN STILL LISTEN TO MUSIC FROM 1989 TODAY!!!
    HoverFan#1
    Another "rock is dead" bullsh*t by some classic rock fan/musician? I think so. Thumbs down. 1. Hey, did you know hard rock still exists, and pop rock isn't all that's left? 2. Since when was being cool everything? One of the best things in music is not fitting in. It's being yourself. 3. 1989 was all about fitting in and being generic. 2012 is all about being yourself and getting personal issues off your chest. 4. '80s fashion... can you say "transvestite?" 5. With MTV, you couldn't just watch what you want, when you want. With YouTube, you can. 6. Does anyone really care what you bought? Oh yeah, not to mention the regular cleaning and low portability. 7. Ever heard of an mp3 player? You can take your entire collection with you! Isn't that great?! 8. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Cold War going on in 1989? And if Daddy does everything for you, what are you going to do when you're on your own? Live with your parents your whole life? 9. Uhh yeah, there's still tons of drop-dead gorgeous girls today. Ever notice? 10. Dancers do not dominate all music today. There's still tons of bands today with no dancers. 11. Here's another reason why I think 2012 is better: 1987: "Hey teacher, what are you trying to do? I'm getting tired of livin' in this zoo. You slap my face and you knock me down. You beat my head right in to the ground." (no offence to Alice Cooper fans). 2011: "And I'm just trying to get through to you, But I am failing. You lie like I'm not even here. My heart is breaking. Trying to see through your stare. It looks right through me. I smile and pretend I'm not there to keep from going crazy." (I f*ckin love Staind). In other words, bands back then must have had very low standards for lyricists. There's probably other ways that today is better, but this is getting kinda long. Sorry about that.
    Dinothegreat
    yeah, the cooper lyrics are better...
    Here's another reason why I think 2012 is better: 1987: "Hey teacher, what are you trying to do? I'm getting tired of livin' in this zoo. You slap my face and you knock me down. You beat my head right in to the ground." (no offence to Alice Cooper fans). 2011: "And I'm just trying to get through to you, But I am failing. You lie like I'm not even here. My heart is breaking. Trying to see through your stare. It looks right through me. I smile and pretend I'm not there to keep from going crazy." (I f*ckin love Staind). In other words, bands back then must have had very low standards for lyricists.
    HoverFan#1
    Another good thing about life (just like being yourself) is having your own opinion, which I of course respect. Have a good day.
    darkdevout
    Metal is just as relevant if not more than in the 80's, GOOD metal today is just a popular as Thrash ever was.
    TheExterminator
    GOOD metal today is just a popular as Thrash ever was.
    A) Thrash Metal was hardly popular, aside from a handful of bands that were either important early on, lucky, or borderline commercial. B) The Metal music that is considered popular today is either older bands, including those Thrash Metal bands, or crappy bands that are playing horrible excuses for "Metal". You'd be hard-pressed to find good, new, popular Metal bands today. It's all underground. Simple as that. Good Metal is not popular, and never has been.
    Kaseke
    How about Avenged Sevenfold? It's not maybe all metal, but it's popular and people do know about it. There still exists good metal. Just look around yuorself.
    cypherdid
    Damn...I wish to be a teenager in '89. Fck' that hippster-emo-nerdy-grannylooking-wannabe_hoboes_in_converse- skinny bunch of pussies without brains!
    CrawlingHorror
    I was in my early 30's in 1989. Heavy metal was pretty much out of gas creatively and it was made worse by the fact that the record labels were signing third tier Sunset Strip bands who shouldn't have had any shot at a contract, thus badly diluting the overall quality of what was out in the marketplace. To that point, with the exception of the late 1960's, music has usually petered out artistically at the end of decades. The late 1970's sucked a big one and so did the late 1980's. Every decade has also had its good and bad. As much as I very fondly remember going to concerts in the 1970's and 1980's and enjoying the bands of those eras, the fact remains that during those two decades we also had disco, Debby Boone, Toto and Christopher Cross sweeping the Grammy Awards, the farcical New Romantic movement, tons of tuneless punk and alternative bands, crappy heavy rock bands, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, New Kids on the Block, etc. We also had the crack and AIDS epidemics, Watergate, COINTELPRO, ATTICA, the troubles in Northern Ireland, stagflation, the Mexican and NY debt crises, exploding U.S. budget deficits, heroin use in the punk community, who failed to take heed of what happened to 1970's rockers who used that garbage and on and on and on. Music and fashion always changes. Yeah, I hate the whole tattoo thing, especially on women, but it's also not up to me to tell people what they can do with their bodies. What human beings like most of all is what they're comfortable with. People have always looked at change suspiciously. There is a lot of garbage out there musically right now, but that has ALWAYS been true. I used to work in record stores. 95% of everything released was garbage then and it is garbage now. In that way, nothing has changed.
    carlmagnus9
    The music was better? Really? There are a lot of great bands these days, you just have to go find them!
    swave75
    Girls dress more slutty now than they did in 1989. This must be taken in consideration. Even the average girls appear to be hot cause of the style nowadays. So I disagree with that part of the article.
    Eclectic Lizard
    The 2010's could be awesome if everybody would stop whining right away about the 80's instead of actually searching out (and buying) new music. And how have girls changed over the years? I'm pretty sure genetics don't divide everything into decades and decide to make ugly children in certain decades...
    Waterboy799
    Rush and Between the Buried and Me both have concept albums out in 2012. This article is invalid.