Brierly Hill 90210

Brierly Hill 90210 presents... 1989 *UPDATED*

June 27, 2020

In the last episode, I made the correlation between the lack of good music and an increased number of Australian actors in the charts in the late 80s. Don't get me wrong... I have nothing against Australians and there's some excellent music in this 1989 episode. But there's a musical shift afoot; for one example, think of the lack of electronic music in the '70s episodes (apart from Kraftwerk) to now where it's pervasively in the hands of the mainstream. Personally, there'd been some change by the time 1989 came around. I'd moved to a different part of Cheltenham; another shared house but a different local pub. A slight aside to a disturbing trend; The Bass House is one of many personal historical landmarks destroyed by fire! If you listened to earlier episodes, as the '80s draw to a close, there's been increasing violence whether that be Irish terrorism, football hooliganism or race riots. Thankfully the later is something we don't see these days. That would be your “irony” there. But as we sit on the precipice of the 1990s, are you detecting an increased optimism? It was hard to think that way at the time. Was that the optimism that comes naturally to a 22 year-old me? Or is it part of the natural flux and adjustment of the world? 2020 seems like dark times upon us once again. But throughout this series, I've continually been drawn to parallels with the present. So maybe a new optimism is just around the corner. Personally, there'd been some change by the time 1989 came around. I'd moved to a different part of Cheltenham; another shared house but a different local pub. A slight aside to a disturbing trend; The Bass House is one of many memories destroyed by fire! Through this series as the '80s draw to a close, there's been increasing violence whether that be Irish terrorism, football hooliganism or race riots. Thankfully the later is something we don't see these days. That would be your “irony” there. But as we sit on the precipice of the 1990s, are you detecting an increased optimism? It was hard to think that way at the time. Was that the optimism what comes naturally to a 22 year-old me? Or is it part of the natural flux and adjustment of the world? I'm recording this in 2020 and it seems like dark times. But throughout this podcast series, I've continually been drawn to parallels with the present. So maybe a new optimism is just around the corner.

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