The ’80s was transformational for many people. With everything happening politically and in the healthcare realm, the music seemed like it saved people from the hardships of life. Bands like Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Journey, and Queen all started coming out with record hits that changed the music industry forever. However, behind the scenes, there were thousands of smaller bands committed to bringing the same amount of happiness to individuals. Here is a list of bands that may have not gotten too much spotlight, but definitely deserve it.
First off, there is Green. This band was founded by Jeff Lescher, John Valley, and John Diamond in 1984. They recorded EP’s and a debut album which included fourteen songs. Ken Kurson, Stuart Shae, and Rich Clifton later joined the band as the fan base grew. Most of their music can still be found on YouTube and sometimes other music platforms. Up next is T. Rex. This band was formed in 1969 and their biggest hit was “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”. They did their best to stay relevant in the 70s and 80s with their awesome rock tunes.Warren Zevon, formed in 1978 was a London based rock band. Bruce Springsteen was a huge fan of theirs even though they weren’t very publicly known. The artists’ biggest hit was “Werewolves of London”. Archives of their records can be found in some art/music museums in England. Lastly, The Animals were another British band that helped start the revolution of rock-pop music. The only reason they were lacking in the charts was because of their poor management and quarrels between band members. Ken Kurson, from Green, always made sure all members were listened to and that’s why they were so successful in the Chicago area.